Programs & Courses

Academic Upgrading - Brooks Campus

with Sunrise Collegiate

About this Program

Upgrade or complete your high school requirements through Sunrise Collegiate, a collaborative effort between Grasslands Schools and Medicine Hat College.

Starting in Fall 2021, high school courses for outreach learners and students preparing for college will be delivered by Sunrise Collegiate, located on MHC's Brooks campus. Sunrise Collegiate provides an innovative approach for distance education, using a combination of modular/online learning approaches, as well as in-person tutorials and support on the Brooks campus, to deliver a personalized academic support for outreach students and adult learners.

Sunrise Collegiate will complement the existing Sunrise School in Brooks, which will continue to operate alternative grades 7 - 12 classrooms.

Upgrading students are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor prior to applying to Sunrise Collegiate.

  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • An interview with an Academic Advisor is recommended.
  • If you have been away from school for four years or more, you may be asked to take the Medicine Hat College Math, Science and/or English Locator (Assessment). Contact a Medicine Hat College Academic Advisor at 403-529-3819.

Further information related to Academic Upgrading

Plan your program taking into account outside activities and demands at home. Instructors may move you up or down a level in a subject during the first month of classes if it is found that you are incorrectly placed. If you are in University Transfer Combined Upgrading, you are expected to complete necessary prerequisite courses during your first year at Medicine Hat College for the university program selected.

There are a number of levels of courses in this program.  Those numbered 010 or 013 are beginning courses at the high school level in a particular discipline.

The 020 or 023 courses are designed for people who have some previous knowledge in a particular discipline.  In some cases, they are beginning courses where only one course is required prior to the Grade 12 equivalent course.

The 030 and 033 courses are Grade 12 or matriculation equivalent courses.

Equivalency Courses
Biology 020, 030
Chemistry 020, 030
Computers 010
English 010, 013, 020, 023, 030*, 033
Master Student 100
Physics 020, 030
Science 009, 010
Social Studies 010, 020, 030, 033
Math 010R, 010FN, 010, 020FN, 020, 030FN, 030*, 031

*English 030 is accepted in place of Alberta Education's ELA 30-1 and Math 030 is accepted in place of Alberta Education's Pure Math 30 by Alberta's colleges, universities, and technical institutes as per the Alberta Transfer Guide.

NOTE:  These are equivalent to high school courses but cannot be used for the completion of a Department of Education high school diploma.  However, they may be used towards a high school equivalency diploma awarded by Medicine Hat College.

In College Preparation/Academic Upgrading, you will develop the skills that you need in order to prepare you for the workplace and for future educational opportunities.

What is your education going to cost?

Our TUITION and FEES page provides a total cost estimate for your program including books and supplies and related expenses.

Looking for ways to help fund your education?

There are lots of options like student loans, scholarships, bursaries and emergency funding available.
Check out our FINANCIAL AID page for more information.

Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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