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Types of Courses

Choosing the Approrpiate Level for Success

Before selecting courses and/or streams, students must consider:
üCareer goals
üAcademic ability
üWork habits
    
How to choose?
When selecting the most appropriate course type and pathway, it is important to consider the following: 

• Talk to parents and teachers
• Examine career goals, personal interests                                                                                                                             • Academic strengths (university, college, or apprenticeship destination)

       • Decisions can be made on a subject-by-subject basis; many courses have pre-requisites (courses that                      must be successfully completed first); 

       • Student learning style, preferences and most recent achievement in the subject should be used as a                       guideline  

       • the development and consistent application of learning skills and work habits supports success in all                       course types, pathways and in life. 


 


Many colleges have programs that transition into University Options

• Many colleges now offer full 4-year Bachelor's degrees. 

• Many colleges have articulation agreements with universities that allow students who have successfully completed a college diploma to move into Year 2 or 3 of a university program. 

• Many universities recognize successful completion of college programs for entry into related university programs. Some bridging courses may be required, depending on the program. 

• Most apprenticeships require completion of additional course modules offered at a college or training centre. 

• Most colleges and universities offer testing to potential applicants to help determine if gaps in knowledge or skills need to be addressed through prep courses.

 


 

A Guide for Grade 9 Parents and Students

 

Pathway Options for Grades 9 & 10

In Grade 11 & 12 many courses have pre-requisites. Plan ahead to ensure all options will be available. 

 ACADEMIC (D)  
 APPLIED (P)
OPEN (O)  LOCALLY DEVELOPED (L)
    
    •Emphasis on THEORY.  

    •Works independently in a focused manner.

    •Completes homework consistently and thoroughly.

    •Recommend a minimum of 70% in Grade 8 courses.

    •Select English courses in the academic stream if you are planning on UNIVERSITY.

    •Depending on the university program other academic courses may be required (such as science and mathematics).
    
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Emphasis on PRACTICAL APPLICATION.

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May need assistance to organize and complete homework regularly.

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Less homework assigned.

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Students planning to pursue post-secondary studies at COLLEGE or pursue an APPRENTICE-    ABLE TRADE should select courses in the applied stream. 
    
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Designed to prepare students for further study in certain subjects and enrich your education.
    
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Courses cover materialand skills necessary for daily activities.

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For students who are not meeting expectations at their grade level.
 All subjects DO NOT have to be taken at the same stream!

With the exception of Math, Grade 9 students who take applied level MAY transition into Academic for Grade 10.



Pathway Options for Grades 11 & 12


Different course types are available to Grade 11 and 12 students: 

                    • College 

                    • University 

                    • Workplace 

                    • Open 

                    • “M” university/college 

                    • Non-credit 

 Post-secondary programs usually have secondary school pre-requisites and recommended courses.  Visit the following websites to conduct research about pre-requisites required:

ontariocolleges.ca

ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca