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Academic Upgrading

Apply now! Space is limited and subject to availability. Applications received after April 18th 2022 may be waitlisted for the Fall 2022 Term

No Grade 12?
No problem!

Join Sheridan's Academic Upgrading Program

Your Pathway to College or a Better Job

Academic Upgrading is a tuition-free program that provides you with the admission requirements needed for undergraduate certificate, diploma or advanced diploma college programs or workplace skills needed for employment.

The program is recognized by all colleges in Ontario and is tailored to meet your specific educational needs.

Academic upgrading does not meet the admission requirements for Sheridan’s degree or post-graduate programs. For further support in meeting the admission requirements for these programs, please contact the Admissions office.

Please watch the video below to learn if Academic Upgrading is right for you.

Apply Now!

We are always accepting applicants for upcoming terms.

Submit your registration form as soon as possible to secure a seat. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, depending on space. Qualified applicants may be waitlisted for future terms.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to commonly asked questions by exploring the FAQs below. If you still cannot find answers to your questions, feel free to contact us.

  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) high school College-Level Credit Equivalencies:

    ACE Core Subjects

    • Communications (up to Grade 12C)
    • Mathematics (up to Grade 12C)
    • Chemistry (up to Grade 12C)
    • Biology (up to Grade 11C)

    Elective Subjects

    • Computer Applications
    • Strategies for Success
  • Academic Upgrading operates on a three-term year, with each term lasting 14 weeks.

    • Fall Term:
      September – December
    • Winter Term:
      January – April
    • Spring/Summer Term:
      May – August
    • Submit your application prior to the start of a term, as seats fill up quickly!
  • Your time spent in the program is based on your academic needs or goals.

    • Competency level is determined by your pre-admission assessment scores.
    • The number of courses required to achieve your goal.
    • Academic Upgrading is offered in-class, on weekdays. (Due to COVID-19, all classes are being offered virtually within scheduled class times)
    • Classes run for 3 hours, 1–2 days per week, depending on the course.
    • Mornings:
      9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    • Afternoons:
      1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
    • Evenings:
      6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
    • Note: Schedules may be subject to change.
  • Sheridan College delivers this program at:

    • Oakville (Trafalgar Campus)
    • Brampton (Davis Campus)
    • All courses are free of cost
    • Academic Upgrading is a tuition-free program, funded by Employment Ontario for Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Ontario.
    • Financial Assistance may be available for qualified individuals. Students can apply for subsidies towards:
      • Public transportation
      • Childcare expenses
      • Internet Cost
    • Sheridan College is committed to in-person learning; however, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Academic Upgrading classes are offered virtually. We will return to in-person delivery as soon as it is safe to do so. 
    • If you are interested in taking upgrading online, you may visit the ACE Distance Delivery provider to determine if online learning is right for you:

    Contact: (for inquiries in English) (for inquiries in French)

  • Eligibility criteria:

    • Age 19+
    • Ontario Resident
    • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident, or Convention Refugee
    • English fluency (Canadian Language Benchmarks: level 6 in all four skills)
    • Successful completion of pre-admission assessment

Interested? Apply Now!


Questions? Contact Us:

Davis: 905-459-7533, x5449
Trafalgar: 905-845-9430, x8052
HMC: 905-459-7533, x5449

Office Hours:

Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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