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Academic Upgrading

Apply now! Space is limited and subject to availability.

Submit your application 3 weeks before the semester starts in order to secure your seat. Last-minute applications may be waitlisted for the next admissions cycle.

No Grade 12?
No problem!

Join Sheridan's Academic Upgrading program

Your pathway to college or a better job

Academic Upgrading is a tuition-free program that provides you with the admission requirements needed for undergraduate certificate, diploma or advanced diploma college programs or workplace skills needed for employment.

The program is recognized by all colleges in Ontario and is tailored to meet your specific educational needs.

Academic Upgrading does not meet the admission requirements for Sheridan’s degree or post-graduate programs. For further support in meeting the admission requirements for these programs, please contact the Admissions office.

We're always accepting applicants for upcoming semesters.

Submit your registration form as soon as possible to secure a seat. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending on space. Qualified applicants may be waitlisted for future semesters.

Frequently asked questions

  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) high school College-Level Credit Equivalencies:

    ACE Core Subjects

    • Communications (up to Grade 12C)
    • Mathematics (up to Grade 12C)
    • Chemistry (up to Grade 12C)
    • Biology (up to Grade 11C)

    Elective Subjects

    • Computer Applications
    • Strategies for Success
  • Academic Upgrading operates on a three-term year, with each term lasting 14 weeks.

    • Fall Term:
      September – December
    • Winter Term:
      January – April
    • Spring/Summer Term:
      May – August
    • Submit your application at least 3 weeks prior to the start of a term, as seats fill up quickly!
  • Your time spent in the program is based on your academic needs or goals.

    • Competency level is determined by your pre-admission assessment scores.
    • The number of courses required to achieve your goal.
    • Academic Upgrading is offered in-class, on weekdays.
    • Classes run for 3 hours, 1–2 days per week, depending on the course.
    • Mornings:
      9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Afternoons:
      1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
    • Evenings:
      6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
    • Note: Schedules may be subject to change.
  • Sheridan College delivers this program at:

    • Oakville (Trafalgar Campus)
    • Brampton (Davis Campus)
    • Mississauga (Hazel McCallion Campus)
    • All courses are free of cost
    • Academic Upgrading is a tuition-free program, funded by Employment Ontario for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  • Yes! Students enrolled in an Academic Upgrading course can apply for Financial Assistance for:

    • Public Transportation
    • Childcare 
    • Internet-related expenses

    This support aims to reduce barriers to learning for students with low household income and resources. To learn more about this assistance and how to apply, please email academicupgrading@sheridancollege.ca 

    • No, virtual ACE courses are not offered at Sheridan College, as we are committed to in-person learning at each Campus.
    • If you are interested in taking upgrading online, you may visit the ACE Distance Delivery provider to determine if online learning is right for you:

    Website: www.acedistancedelivery.ca
    Contact: info@cscau.com (for inquiries in English)
    infofr@cscau.ca (for inquiries in French)

  • Eligibility criteria:

    • Age 19+
    • Ontario Resident
    • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Convention Refugee
    • English fluency (Canadian Language Benchmarks: level 6 in all four skills)
    • Successful completion of pre-admission assessment

Contact information

905-459-7533, ext. 5449

Office hours:

Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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