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English Language Alternatives

English is the language of instruction at NWCC. English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs.

NWCC offers a variety of assessments to help place students in our programs and courses. We recommend that you meet with an Educational Advisor to discuss entry options.

Language Requirements

Applicants who have been awarded an associate degree or two year diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution where English is the medium of instruction will be deemed to have met the language requirements for most NWCC programs.

Applicants must demonstrate all four components of language: speaking, listening, reading and writing

Speaking and listening is met using the following criteria:

Programs with practicums:
Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through two years of full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. ESL courses are not included in the two-year calculation.

Non-practicum programs:
Speaking and listening requirements can be satisfied through one-year full-time, face-to-face secondary or post-secondary education at an accredited institution where English is the medium of instruction and is also one of the country’s official languages. ESL courses are not included in the one-year calculation.

In the province of British Columbia, there are two resources that applicants can use to see acceptable alternative courses:

The Health Care Assistant program has specific equivalencies outlined by their accrediting bodies. Please check the program pages for more information.