Certificate of Graduation

The B.C. Certificate of Graduation or "Dogwood Diploma" is awarded to students who successfully complete the provincial graduation requirements.


In order to graduate, students must pass specific courses. Overall, each student must acquire 80 credits from a combination of required courses, elective courses and the Graduation Transitions program.

Students should make sure to take the right courses by checking in with their school counselor or by reviewing the Grad Planner (PDF, 5.7 MB).

Required Courses (48 credits)

  • Planning 10 (4 credits)
  • a Language Arts 10 (4 credits)
  • a Language Arts 11 (4 credits)
  • a Language Arts 12 (4 credits)
  • a Mathematics 10 (4 credits)
  • a Mathematics 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • a Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills 10, 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • a Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
  • a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • a Science 10 (4 credits)
  • a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Physical Education 10 (4 credits)

Elective Courses (28 credits)

Credits from elective courses will be counted from Grades 10 to 12. When planning course selection, remember that at least 16 overall credits must be at the Grade 12 level. Some of these credits may come from required courses (like a Grade 12 Language Arts course) while others can be elective courses.

Graduation Transitions (4 credits)

All B.C. secondary school students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 are given the responsibility of preparing for life after secondary school by setting education, career and life goals. More detailed information is available in the program guide:


Focus Areas

As part of Planning 10, students are encouraged to focus on areas that match their interest and aptitude. Identifying and developing personal strengths helps each student create a plan for future education and career goals.

Students should find this process supports their course selection for Grades 11 and 12, as well as making effective post-secondary education and training choices.