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2021-22 programs

2021-22 programming, including program delivery, may change as part of our ongoing response to COVID-19. Check for regular updates.

Adult Learning Program - English as an Additional Language

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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
  • 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're 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.
  • 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

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

September 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery
Institute of Technology Campus Halifax Full time In-class

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 2021-22 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 Halifax Transit U-Pass.

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.

Career options

  • This program gives you your High School Graduation Diploma, which is required for admissions to all other NSCC programs.

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