Certificate of Graduation - B.C. Graduation Program Requirements

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

Students graduating after June 30, 2018 are on the B.C. Graduation Program. To graduate, they require at least 80 credits total.

Of these 80 credits:

  • At least 16 credits must be at the Grade 12 level, including a required Language Arts 12
  • At least 28 credits must be elective course credits 
  • 52 credits are required from the following:
    • Two Career Education courses (8 credits total)
    • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
    • Science 10 (4 credits), and a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
    • Social Studies 10 (4 credits), and a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
    • A Math 10 (4 credits), and a Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)
    • A Language Arts 10, 11 & 12 (12 credits total)
    • An Arts Education 10, 11, or 12 and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits total)

In addition, students on the B.C. Graduation Program must also complete two new graduation assessments aligned with the redesigned curriculum – one in literacy and one in numeracy: 

  • Graduation Numeracy Assessment
    • The Graduation Numeracy Assessment was introduced in 2018
      • January 2018 - managed implementation with small subset of students
      • June and August 2018 - full provincial implementation
    • Students who have already taken the Math 10 provincial exam may use it to satisfy the Graduation Numeracy Assessment requirement
  • Graduation Literacy Assessment 
    • The Graduation Literacy Assessment will be introduced in January 2020
    • Students who have already taken a Language Arts 12 exam may use it to satisfy the Graduation Literacy Assessment requirement
      • All students graduating in the 2018/19 school year  will take a Language Arts 12 course and associated provincial exam to satisfy this graduation requirement

Note on Career Life Education: For 2018/19, the following career education courses will be used in all BC schools:

  • Career Life Education 
  • Graduation Transitions

For 2019/20 and beyond, the following career education courses will be used in all BC schools:

  • Career Life Education
  • Career Life Connections

Students on the B.C. Graduation Program will be able to meet the career education graduation requirement with any of the following combinations: 

  • Planning 10/Graduation Transitions
  • Planning 10/Career Life Connections 
  • Career Life Education/Graduation Transitions
  • Career Life Education/Career Life Connections

Note on Social Studies: The Social Studies 11/12 graduation requirement for students on the B.C. Graduation Program is flexible; any of the current or new Ministry Social Studies 11 or 12 courses will meet the requirement. 

Current:

  • Social Studies 11
  • Civic Studies 11
  • BC First Nations Studies 12
  • Comparative Civilizations 12
  • Geography 12
  • History 12
  • Law 12
  • Social Justice 12

New: (i.e., those that will be used in all BC schools in 2019/20): 

  • Explorations in Social Studies 11
  • Francophone History and Culture 11  
  • 20th Century World History 12
  • Asian Studies 12
  • B.C. First Peoples 12
  • Comparative Cultures 12
  • Comparative World Religions 12
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
  • Economic Theory 12
  • Genocide Studies 12
  • Human Geography 12
  • Law Studies 12
  • Philosophy 12
  • Political Studies 12
  • Physical Geography 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Urban Studies 12