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Academic Upgrading

Open for Winter 2017

Open for Spring 2017

Open for Fall 2017

Available: Full Time Classroom or Online

Program Highlights

SAIT academic upgrading courses prepare students for admission into SAIT career programs. These courses are Alberta high school equivalency courses. They may be accepted for admission purposes by other Alberta post-secondary educational institutions. 
(Also available part time through Continuing Education.)

Upcoming Information Sessions

Tuition and Fees Per Course*

1 Course: $609
2 Courses: $1137
3 Courses: $2030

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available. 

When can you apply?

Winter 2017 start: applications are accepted June 1, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017.
Spring 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to May 8, 2017.
Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017.

Program Details

Program description

SAIT academic upgrading courses prepare students for admission to SAIT career programs. For SAIT program admission requirements, refer to the appropriate sections of the SAIT Academic Calendar. SAIT academic upgrading courses are Alberta high school equivalency courses, not Alberta Education courses. They may be accepted for admission purposes by other Alberta post-secondary education institutions. Check the current Alberta Transfer Guide published by the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer for a listing of all formalized transfer agreements among Alberta post-secondary institutions.

SAIT academic upgrading courses provide students with a flexible approach for their transition into post-secondary studies. Courses can be taken part-time or full-time in the day, evening or online. Students become accustomed to the SAIT environment and culture and develop successful strategies for learning.

Government grant funding may be available for eligible students. For more information on funding, please check the following website: www.sait.ca/sip. Student loans are not available for upgrading courses.

It is recommended that all students should have access to a personal computer. 

Your career

Students complete upgrading courses in order to meet the admission requirements for programs at SAIT and most other post-secondary education institutions in Alberta.

Student success

Attendance and punctuality are directly related to academic success. Students who attend all of their classes do better on assignments and tests. Students are encouraged to access free SAIT student services such as tutoring, learning strategy workshops, appointments with a learning strategist, and student counselling services. Learn more about these services at the Lamb Learner Success Centre.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Winter 2017 start: applications are accepted June 1, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017.
  • Spring 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to May 8, 2017.
  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to Sept. 5, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum of 50% in the following courses or their equivalents:
    • English Language Arts 10-1 or 10-2, AND,
    • Pure Math 10 or Applied Math 10 or Math 10C or Math 10-3 or successful completion of a math placement test.
  • Students will be required to complete testing in the relevant subject areas if transcripts are not current or available.
  • All applicants to SAIT must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada. For more information, please see English Proficiency.
  • View High School Course Equivalencies by Province.


  • Transcripts will be reviewed by the Academic Upgrading team to determine the appropriate level of upgrading courses.
  • Placement tests may be recommended or required.
  • An individualized Program Plan will be created. A Program Plan, maps out the courses that need to be taken each semester and will be created for students based on their transcript and/or test results.

Contact Academic Upgrading at 403.210.5756 for more information, or email upgrading@sait.ca.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Academic Upgrading and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.


Program outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

Course CodeCourse NameAB Education EquivalentCredits
APSC-180* Science Preparation Science 10 for SAIT programs only 3 credits
BIOL-181 Biology I Biology 20 3 credits
BIOL-182* Biology II Biology 30 3 credits
CHEM-181* Chemistry I Chemistry 20 3 credits
CHEM-182* Chemistry II Chemistry 30 3 credits
COMM-180 Communications Preparation None (Skill Development) 3 credits
COMM-181 Literature and Composition I English 20-1 3 credits
COMM-182 Literature and Composition II English 30-1 3 credits
MATH-100 Mathematics Foundations None (Skill Development) 3 credits
MATH-161 Technical Mathematics I 3 credits
MATH-162 Technical Mathematics II 3 credits
MATH-172 Applied Mathematics II Applied Math 30 3 credits
MATH-180 Mathematics Preparation Math 10C 3 credits
MATH-181 Mathematics I Math 20-1 3 credits
MATH-182* Mathematics II Math 30-1 3 credits
PHYS-181 Physics I Physics 20 3 credits
PHYS-182* Physics II Physics 30 3 credits
Program Total 51 credits

* A limited number of upgrading courses are offered in a blended format. A blended course runs 14 weeks and involves online participation as well as an on-campus class on Saturdays'. Please note that all Saturday scheduled classes are blended courses. Please review specific course schedules. Each course has specific start and end-dates, as well as a course outline that states requirements and deadlines for coursework. Students are expected to work through course content and assessments outside the weekly on-campus class in order to stay on track with the course schedule. Exams and labs (if applicable) will be completed during the class time and, as such, attendance and regular "check-ins" to the course website (in Brightspace/D2L) are essential to succeed in this course format. For more information about this delivery format, please contact  as.coned.info@sait.ca.


Students must pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. Admission to SAIT and other post-secondary programs can be highly competitive. Grades higher than a minimal pass improve opportunities for admission to post-secondary programs. For information about course sequencing and prerequisites, go to Academic Upgrading.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition FeesSAIT FeesStudent Association Fees2016/17 Total
1 $2,881 $420 $523 $3,824


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $260

Student Association (SAITSA) Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
Student Association: $288

Cost and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $150 to $200 per course.

Find out about Tuition and Financial Aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAISTA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

Academic Upgrading