Course Description: Post-Secondary Preparation 12 is a 4-credit mostly online course, offered in 1st Semester only, designed to help students explore and investigate future careers/areas of study through a variety of activities and assignments. In addition, students will have the opportunity to research and apply for post-secondary scholarships, bursaries and other forms of financial aid.
Course Content: This course focuses on the following areas: 1. Personal Reflection – "What do I do after graduation?" (Find answers via a "Personality Type", Work-Life, & Life-Work Values Assessments) 2. Scholarships, Bursaries, and Financial Aid – Search for, apply to and submit scholarship/bursary applications - all laid out month-by-month; prepare a budget; find links to a variety of private and government websites 3. The Scholarship Resume and Personal Essay – Build and create "living" documents that highlight & catalogue your various accomplishments 4. Off to College, Technical School, or University – Find out about the application process, course offerings, entrance scholarships, Co-op Programs, Academic Advising, the BC Transfer Guide, etc. 5. Taking a Gap Year . . . Is it for Me?– Research national & overseas volunteer/work organizations as an alternative learning opportunity 6. And More . . . What do you know about stress management, choosing a major, study strategies, memory techiques, etc.?
Students will complete Assignments 1 - 6 over the course of Term One. Due dates are clearly stated at the bottom of each page. In addition, they will complete two assignments of their own choice from Assignments 7 - 13 by the end of Term 2. To access the West Shore Cross-Enrollment Form -Click Here (Upon completion, please return to me in Room 2125 in order to complete your registration.)
Methods of Evaluation: Assessment will be based on completed assignments submitted in a paper or electronic format (or a combination of both). A final grade will be determined in this course based on the BC Ministry of Education Guidelines. Each assignment will be graded using the Ministry's 4 point scale:
4 = Exceeds Expectations (A - 90%) 3 = Meets Expectations (B - 80%) 2 = Minimally Meets Expectations (C+ - 70%) 1 = Does Not Meet Expectations (I - Incomplete)
Useful Post-Secondary Terminology --- "Educational Pathways" Certificate Certificate programs take between six and 12 months of full-time studies to complete. Diploma Diploma programs take two to three years of full-time studies to complete. Associate Degree An associate degree (AD) is a two-year program made up of 20 university transfer courses. Bachelor's Degree A bachelor's degree is a four-year degree. It's also called an undergraduate degree or a Baccalaureate degree. Advanced Diploma An advanced diploma builds on a previously completed diploma, or on at least five years of related work experience and is equivalent to a minimum of three months of full-time study beyond a diploma. Post-Degree Diploma A post-degree diploma builds on a previously completed recognized degree and is equivalent to two semesters of full-time, advanced-level studies. Master’s Degree A Master's (or post-graduate) degree, is earned after completion of an undergraduate degree. Typically, the master's degree requires about 30 credits of coursework and takes 2 years of full time study beyond the bachelor's degree. In addition to coursework, the master's degree sometimes entails completing comprehensive exams and/or a thesis. Doctorate (Ph.D.) A Ph.D., typically completed after a Master's degree, demonstrates a person's competence in research and qualifies them to become professors. Doctoral study offers a unique opportunity for an individual to conduct intensive and prolonged research - often over several years - on a very particular topic, which usually leads to publication. Doctoral degrees are offered in the fields of medicine, dentistry, law, education, or any other faculty of learning.