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2021-22 programs

This program and most programs listed on our site are already underway. Check back on Monday, October 19, 2020 for the most up-to-date information on 2021-22 programs.

Adult Learning Program (ALP) – English as an Additional Language (EAL) Concentration

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N.S. High School Graduation Diploma for Adults


If English is not your first language, you have the option of earning your high school diploma with additional English language support. Complete your Canadian high school diploma and:

  • Improve your academic, study, research and computer skills
  • Continue to college or university
  • Advance your career by upgrading your education level

The Adult Learning Program – English as an Additional Language (EAL) Concentration offers:

  • $0 cost tuition
  • Full and part-time study options
  • Multiple enrolment dates throughout the year
  • The option to earn credit for prior learning obtained through on-the-job training, work and life experience, personal studies and/or volunteer activities
  • Added English language support that helps you meet the demands of studying and communicating in English

For more information, contact 902-491-4650.

Choose NSCC

  • Our counsellors and instructors understand that, as an adult returning to school, you have unique needs. Because of this, you are assigned a faculty advisor who provides you with 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 students 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.

Other info

  • 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 and Career Connections program. If you have a high school diploma and are seeking to improve your English language skills to begin or continue post-secondary studies, you may be eligible for our English for Academic Purposes 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.

2021-22 programs

This program and most programs listed on our site are already underway. Check back on Monday, October 19, 2020 for the most up-to-date information on programs starting September 2021.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Institute of Technology Campus Halifax Full time Online (scheduled)Online (scheduled)
Complete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, including scheduled class sessions.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must be out of school and not have a high school diploma.
  • Applicants must have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency or refugee/protected persons status.
  • Applicants must reside in Nova Scotia at the time of application.
  • In order to confirm placement in this program, all students must meet with an ALP counsellor to complete an assessment process.
  • Proof of your English language proficiency is also required – CLBA 4/4/4/4 or equivalent.


Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):

Tuition, fees and program costs

  • Tuition – for eligible students (non-international), there is no tuition cost, college services fee or student association membership fee for this program.
  • Fees – there is a cost for the required Student Health and Dental Benefits that are provided to all full-time students. Students can opt-out of the Student Health & Dental plan if they already have equivalent coverage. ALP students who successfully complete the first 3 months of the program can have this fee covered by NSCC for one year. For metro campuses only, students are required to purchase a Metro Transit U-Pass.

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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