Adult Learning Program (ALP)

Complete your High School Graduation Diploma for Adults.

Start Date:
Varies
Duration:
Varies depending on the course load and progress of student
Credential:
N.S. High School Graduation Diploma for Adults
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (In-class • Online • Combined In-class/Online • Evening)
Locations:
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January 2017 Akerley Campus • Dartmouth • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Burridge Campus • Yarmouth New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Cumberland Campus • Springhill • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Lunenburg Campus • Bridgewater • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Shelburne Campus • Shelburne • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Strait Area Campus • Port Hawkesbury • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Truro Campus • Truro • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Part-time • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Obtaining a high school diploma is an important first step that prepares you for success in a range of rewarding programs and career paths. The Adult Learning Program (ALP) is a unique program designed to meet the needs of adult learners who do not have a high school diploma. You can start the program at scheduled intake times throughout the year.

If you already have some Grade 11 or 12 credits, they can count towards your diploma. Other credits you may have – from vocational school, colleges or universities – may be accepted as transfer credits. Credits may also be granted through a process of recognizing prior learning (RPL). Documentation of all previous credits is required. For further details, contact the Adult Learning Program at the campus of your choice.

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Student Highlights

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Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must be out of school for at least one year and not have previously completed a high school diploma.
  • In order to confirm placement in this program, all students must meet with an ALP counsellor to complete an assessment process.

Choose NSCC

  • Our counsellors and instructors understand that, as an adult returning to learning, you have unique needs. Each student is, therefore, assigned a Faculty Advisor, who provides support throughout the program. Our ALP team helps you prepare, plan and pursue your learning to achieve your individual career and academic goals.
  • You study in a college environment, where people are engaged in learning skills in a variety of occupational areas. If you're thinking of going on to further studies, this may help you to decide on your future.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study. You have the option to complete your program in-class, online or through a combination of courses delivered in-class and online.
  • Evening classes are available at the following campuses: Akerley, Cumberland (Amherst Learning Centre), Institute of Technology, Kingstec, Marconi, Pictou and Truro campuses. Contact the campus for more information about courses and times available.
  • If you apply for the part-time study option, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and number of courses you complete each term.

Other Info

  • Tuition & Fees – For eligible students (non-international), there is no tuition cost, college services fee or student association membership fee for this program. However, there is a cost for the required Student Health & Dental Benefits plan that are provided to all full-time students. ALP students who successfully complete the first 3-months of the program can have this fee covered by NSCC for one year. Students can also opt-out of the Student Health & Dental plan if they already have equivalent coverage. For metro campuses only, students are required to purchase a Metro Transit U-Pass. International students are required to pay international student tuition and program fees.
  • Required textbooks are available for loan (at no charge to the student). Students also have the option to purchase textbooks.
  • Students who already have a Department of Education recognized high school graduation diploma are not eligible for ALP. Students who need additional high school credits, but already have a high school diploma should apply to the Academic & Career Connections program.
  • This program is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning and NSCC.

Concentration Options

Recognizing the diversity of learners who come to NSCC, we offer two concentrations of ALP in the metro region:

Link Programs

  • NSCC offers link programs that provide learners with the opportunity to complete their high school diploma for adults while also gaining an additional credential. These offerings are announced each spring.

Next Steps

  1. 1

    Visit NSCC

    Visit NSCC » Campus Tour
  2. 2

    Application Process

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