Types of Courses in Grade 9 and 10
disciplines like the arts, health and physical education and business
studies, all students will take the same type of course, called an open
course. In the core subjects like math or English, you will be able to
choose between the academic or applied stream. Courses in the academic
stream draw more heavily on theory and abstract thinking, while applied
courses focus more on practical applications and concrete examples.
Applied Courses – Course Code P
courses focus on the essential learning concepts of the subject. You
will develop knowledge and skill through both theory and practical
applications, but the focus will be on practical applications. Familiar,
real-life situations will be used to illustrate ideas and opportunities
will be given to students to experience hands-on applications of the
Academic Courses – Course Code D
courses focus on the essential learning concepts of the subject plus
additional related concepts. Although students will develop knowledge
and skills in the subject through both theory and practical
applications, the emphasis will be on theory and abstract thinking as a
basis for future learning and problem solving.
Open Courses – Course Code O
are also open courses which are appropriate for all students. These
courses may be taken to meet compulsory or optional requirements for
graduation, or they may be taken for your personal interest.
Locally Developed Compulsory Credit Courses – Course Code L
schools may also offer Ministry of Education approved locally developed
courses in English, mathematics, history and science for students who
require additional background knowledge and skills. These courses may be
counted as compulsory credits. Contact your school directly for more
In Grade 11 and
12 you can choose university preparation, university or college
preparation, college preparation, workplace preparation and open
University Preparation Courses – Course Code U
courses will give you the knowledge and skills needed to meet the
entrance requirements for university programs. Teaching and learning
will emphasize theoretical aspects of the course content, but will also
include concrete applications.
University/College Preparation Courses – Course Code M
courses are designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to
meet the entrance requirements of specific university and college
programs. Teaching and learning will emphasize both theoretical aspects
and related concrete applications of the course content.
College Preparation Courses – Course Code C
courses will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to meet
the entrance requirements for college programs. Teaching and learning
will emphasize concrete applications of the theoretical material covered in the course, and will also emphasize the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Workplace Preparation Courses – Course Code E
courses are designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed for
you to directly enter the workplace or for admission to apprenticeship
and other training programs offered in the community. Teaching and
learning will emphasize workplace applications of the course content,
but will also explore the theoretical material that underlies these
practical applications. Cooperative education and work experience
placements within the community
are important components.
Open Courses in Grade 11 and 12
courses in Grades 11 and 12 will allow you to broaden your knowledge
and skills in a particular subject that may or may not be directly
related to your post-secondary goals. These courses usually reflect your
interests. They are appropriate for all students regardless of
post-secondary destination. These courses are designed to provide
students with a broad educational base and to equip them for active and
rewarding participation in society. They are not designed with the
specific requirements of university or college programs or the workplace
in mind. Over the course of your
four years in high school, your interests and goals might change as you
gain experience and learn about new career options.
Courses of Study
more information about the specific courses offered at your high
school, please visit your Guidance department and obtain a course
calendar or program of study guide.It is entirely possible to change the types of courses you are taking.