General Arts and Science: English Language Studies

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Admissions - May 2023

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older

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Admission procedures

  • Applicants to the program will be required to write the in-house Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) to determine placement in the correct level of the program . Results from Internationally recognized English language tests such as the IELTS or TOEFL, will be reviewed in conjunction with your CELT results.
    • Note: The CELT test has been temporarily suspended. Please contact the program coordinator if you do not have IELTS or TOEFL.

Program requirements

  • The following criteria must be met in order to progress to the next level of the program:
    • Students must pass all core courses; the minimum passing mark is 70%.
    • Students who fail two (2) or more courses must retake all core courses at that level.
    • Students who fail one (1) core course may be allowed to continue at the discretion of the department.
    • Students who fail more than one (1) core course in the same level twice will be discontinued from the program.
  • Level 4 students who fail two or more core courses must retake all core courses at Level 4.
  • One core course failed at Level 4 must be retaken, and a maximum of three (3) credits may be allowed in that semester in some diploma programs in the college.
    • CORE COURSES: Listening/Speaking, Pronunciation, Writing, Reading, Canadian Perspectives 1 & 2.

Pathways and credit transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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