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Adult Learning Program (ALP)

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:
Varies
Typical Length:
Varies depending on the course load and progress of student (varies for part-time studies)
Credential:
N.S. High School Graduation Diploma for Adults

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Overview

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 also offer two specialized concentrations of ALP:

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

Study options

  • This program is available for full-time and part-time study at all locations with a full-time offering. 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 some campuses.
  • 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 is a Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning program supported by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration and NSCC.

Availability

In addition to the full-time offerings listed below, all campuses identified have a part-time option.

April 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
eCampus
Part time Asynchronous online
Delivered fully online with no scheduled classes.
Seats available

September 2024

Campus Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus/Online
Dartmouth
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Annapolis Valley Campus/Online
Middleton
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Burridge Campus/Online
Yarmouth
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Burridge Campus/Online
Classes at Digby Learning Centre
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Cumberland Campus/Online
Classes at Amherst Learning Centre
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Cumberland Campus/Online
Springhill
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
eCampus
Part time Asynchronous online
Delivered fully online with no scheduled classes.
Seats available
Institute of Technology Campus/Online
Halifax
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Kingstec Campus/Online
Kentville
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Lunenburg Campus/Online
Bridgewater
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Pictou Campus/Online
Stellarton
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Shelburne Campus/Online
Shelburne
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Strait Area Campus/Online
Port Hawkesbury
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Sydney Waterfront Campus/Online
Sydney
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available
Truro Campus/Online
Truro
Full time Blended
Delivered through a combination of online and in-person classes. At least 50% of learning is in-person.
Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must reside in Nova Scotia.
  • Applicants must be out of school and not have previously completed a high school diploma.
  • To confirm placement in this program, all students must meet with an ALP counsellor to complete an assessment process.
  • Applicants must have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency, or refugee/protected persons status.
    • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following English Language requirement: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) – minimum Level 6, or equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English should visit the Adult Learning Program – English as an Additional Language as this may be an option for you.

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

Tuition amounts are for the 2023-24 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$0

Tuition, fees and program costs

This program is not eligible for a Nova Scotia Student Loan.

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 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. 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 for Adults, which meets the requirements for admissions to other NSCC programs.

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