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Adult Learning Program - English as an Additional Language

Earn your Canadian high school diploma while receiving English-language support.

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N.S. High School Graduation Diploma for Adults

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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.
  • Study as a full- or part-time student.
  • Choose from multiple enrolment dates throughout the year.
  • Have the option to earn credit for prior learning obtained through on-the-job training, work and life experience, personal studies and/or volunteer activities.
  • Get 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

  • There are no tuition costs for this program.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty with years of experience.
  • Get free access to many supports and services, such as advising and counselling.
  • Learn at your own pace (on average, it takes 2 years to complete this program) but you can complete it in a shorter time period if you already have credits from Grade 11 or 12.
  • Get recognition for course and/or training you've already completed (like apprenticeship training, community college or university courses).

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 (EAP) program.
  • This is a Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning program supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills & Immigration and NSCC.

September 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Institute of Technology Campus
Full time In person
Delivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements.
Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 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, refugee/protected persons status or be a Permanent Resident Applicant with a work permit.
  • Applicants must reside in Nova Scotia.
  • 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.

Applicants who already have a high school diploma and want to upgrade or pick up a maximum of two missing courses needed for post-secondary study should visit the Adult Learning Program – Academic Upgrading.


Tuition amounts are for the 2024-25 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 and 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 for Adults, which meets the requirements for admissions to other NSCC programs.

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