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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

Complete your High School Graduation Diploma for Adults.

A group of four students study together with books open at a round table in a library.
ALP students work on a project in the Akerley Campus library.
Start Date:
Typical Length:
Varies depending on the course load and progress of student (Varies for part-time studies)
N.S. High School Graduation Diploma for Adults

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If you left high school without a diploma, this program gives you the chance to earn one as an adult. Getting a high school diploma prepares you for success in your next stage of life – whether it's to advance your career or continue to college or university studies.

ALP offers:

  • $0 cost tuition
  • Full-time, part-time and online study options
  • Multiple enrolment dates throughout the year
  • Recognition of existing Grade 11 or 12 credits that count towards your diploma
  • The option to earn credit for prior learning obtained through on-the-job training, work and life experience, personal studies and/or volunteer activities

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

For more information, contact ALP at the campus of your choice.

Study options

  • This program is available for full-time and 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, Burridge 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.

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 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.

Other info

  • 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 Availability
Akerley Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Seats available
Annapolis Valley Campus Middleton Full time In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus Yarmouth Full time In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus Classes at Digby Learning Centre Full time In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus Classes at Cumberland Campus Springhill Full time In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus Classes at Amherst Learning Centre Full time In-class Seats available
eCampus -- Part time OnlineOnlineComplete your program fully online through a variety of learning experiences, but do not include scheduled class sessions. Seats available
Institute of Technology Campus Halifax Full time In-class Seats available
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time In-class Seats available
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class Seats available
Shelburne Campus Shelburne Full time In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus Port Hawkesbury Full time In-class Seats available
Truro Campus Truro Full time In-class Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • Applicants must reside in Nova Scotia at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be out of school 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.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following English Language requirement: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) – minimum Level 6, 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, 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 & Dental Benefits that are provided to all full-time students. Students can opt-out of the Student Health and Dental plan if they already have equivalent coverage. New 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.

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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