Whether you're a recent high school graduate or you've been out of school for a few years, Academic and Career Connections (ACC) can help you get the required academic credits you need to get into a post-secondary program.
Choose from a range of courses that help you upgrade your Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and/or Communication (English) credits while you explore your career options. This can help you kickstart earning credits towards other NSCC certificate or diploma programs.
With each course, you get top-quality instructors who work with you to provide a challenging and rewarding learning experience. We offer flexible study options, including online for specific courses. Our program options include:
- Full time - Certificate program (includes a portfolio requirement)
- Part-time - Pre-requisite courses (as needed)
- 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.
- If you apply for the part-time study option, you must meet all the admission requirements.
- Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection. Some courses will also be available online.
- The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and will depend on the schedule you choose and the number of courses you complete each term.
- Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.
- Course Selection – As a second step to the admissions and enrolment process, we'll help you determine your next steps and provide you with details on the course selection process and registration.
- You can take all the necessary courses to obtain a certificate or just a few specific courses, depending on your educational goals.
- Online Courses – Most courses are available online.
Courses may include
These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.
Courses available generally reflect the subjects and areas covered by the certificate and diploma programs that are offered at each campus. At some campuses, students can also cluster their courses to focus on specific areas. Many Nova Scotia universities recognize ACC credits for entrance. However, please check this with your chosen university before enrolling in an ACC course.
Course options may include (please note that not all courses are offered at all campuses):
ARTS 1001 Reading Essentials I
This course is designed to assist students who struggle with reading and spelling to the degree that they feel they may not be able to learn efficiently at the post-secondary level. Students will be introduced to the building blocks of English in a structured and systematic way. This course will focus on decoding English words to make reading more fluent and accurate. Students will learn the most common phonemes of English, the English syllable types, and the most common ways that larger, multisyllabic words can be divided to make them manageable for reading and spelling. Some English spelling patterns will be introduced, along with an emphasis on building and expanding students' vocabulary. Reading Essentials I is the first of two courses using the Orton-Gillingham approach.
ARTS 1002 Reading Essentials II
This course is designed to assist students who struggle with reading and spelling to the degree that they feel they may not be able to learn efficiently at the post-secondary level. This course builds on content taught in Reading Essentials I. Students will learn to read and spell using more phonemes of English, more suffixes, as well as prefixes, more Latin roots, additional spelling rules for adding English suffixes, two more syllable division patterns, and focus on the effect that stress plays in English spelling patterns. Throughout, there will be an emphasis on building and expanding vocabulary.
BIOL1046 College Biology I
College Biology I is presented as an introductory general course at the post-secondary level and will prepare students for further study. This course covers scientific methodology, plant and animal biology, biochemistry, cytology and genetics. The modes of instruction vary between lecture, discussion, experiments and discovery.
BIOL 1047 College Biology II
College Biology II is a continuation of Biology I and will prepare students for further study. This course covers evolution, and human anatomy and physiology with an option to include a research project in an area of the student's interest. The modes of instruction vary between lecture, discussion, experiments and discovery.
CHEM 1046 College Chemistry I / CHEM 1047 College Chemistry II
Chemistry I and Chemistry II are presented as introductory general courses at the post-secondary level and will prepare students for further study. These courses start with definitions of matter, and fundamentals of chemistry such as the atom and elements and proceed through to qualitative and quantitative problem solving. The modes of instruction vary between lecture and discovery with plenty of time given to allowing the student to carry out calculations, online interactive research, tutorials and labs. Problem-based learning is also used as a way of integrating several units of work.
MATH 1043 Math Foundations
Math Foundations offers basic math strategies and applied skills. Concepts will be taught with a focus on preparing students for academic math courses.
MATH 1046 College Mathematics I / MATH 1047 College Mathematics II
Mathematics I and Mathematics II offer theoretical and applied mathematical skills, with reference to problem-solving process and strategies. Mathematical concepts will be taught with a focus on preparing students for further technical or scientific study.
MATH 1048 College Health Mathematics I / MATH 1049 College Health Mathematics II
College Health Mathematics I and II offer theoretical and applied skills, with emphasis on applied problem-solving process and strategies. Concepts will be taught with a focus on preparing students for further study in college Health Programs. (Students considering University programs must consult with university admission requirements where applicable).
MATH 1546 Pre-Calculus Math I
Pre-Calculus Math is designed to provide learners with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs requiring the study of theoretical calculus; these traditionally include most undergraduate science and engineering programs. Topics in this first level include trigonometric equations and identities, sequences and series, and algebraic functions.
MATH 1547 Pre-Calculus Math II
This Pre-Calculus course is the second of two courses designed to provide you with the mathematical understandings and critical-thinking skills identified for entry into post-secondary programs that require the study of theoretical calculus; these traditionally include most undergraduate science and engineering programs.
PHYS 1046 College Physics I / PHYS 1047 College Physics II
By utilizing an intensive problem-solving approach in the study of physics principles, you will develop the ability to analyze and interpret the relationships of the physical world around you. You will use the basic principles of physics and mathematics to develop quantitative solutions to both practical and abstract problems. The skills and knowledge gained through this approach will serve as an excellent basis for further study in technology-related college programs.
COMM 1000 Essential Communication Skills
This introductory level Communication course exposes you to the subtleties of interpersonal communication including non-verbal communication, listening skills, social media management and written communication. This course provides you with an overview of the communication skills required by college programs, business and industry, including reading comprehension and development. You will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in your future studies and/or selected workplace setting. This course makes use of online texts and resources.
COMM 1001 Workplace Development
This course provides you with the opportunity to further develop writing skills acquired in Communications 1000 – Essential Communication Skills. The course also encourages exploration of job search techniques and is designed to assist you in the development of the skills and confidence required to deliver individual oral presentations.
For a complete listing of courses offered please contact your campus.