Graduation Requirements

​BC Ministry Website

Changes to Graduation Years ​​Requirements Starting in 2016/2017

In 2016/2017 there will be changes to exams to align with the redesigned Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum, and in preparation for the new graduation requirements starting in 2018/2019.

For students entering Grades 10-12 in the 2016/2017 school year:

Grade 10 students will:

  • Follow most of the current Graduation Program requirements
  • Take a Math 10, a Language Arts 10 and Science 10, with classroom assessments instead of provincial exams
  • Meet Social Studies graduation requirements with classroom assessments
  • Write a provincial math skills exam and a provincial literacy exam before graduation

Grade 11 students will:

  • Have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10 and Science 10 or equivalent and written the associated provincial exams
  • Meet Social Studies graduation requirements with classroom assessments instead of a provincial exam
  • Write a Language Arts 12 exam before graduation
  • Not write the new provincial math skills exam

Grade 12 students will:

  • Finish all the current Graduation Program requirements
  • Have completed a Math 10, a Language Arts 10, Science 10 and Social Studies 11 (or equivalent) and have written associated provincial exams
  • Take Language Arts 12 (or equivalent) and write the associated provincial exam
  • Not write the new provincial literacy or provincial numeracy exams
  • ​ Students who have completed courses associated with discontinued exams by June 30, 2016 will have until June 2017 to write or re-write exams
  • Français langue première 10, Français langue première 12 and Français langue seconde immersion 12 provincial exam changes will be the same as their equivalents above.

​​​Graduation Requirements for 2018/2019

To graduate, students will require 80 credits total, with a minimum of 16 at the grade 12 level, and 28 elective course credits. 52 credits are required from the following:
  • Two Career Education courses (total 8 credits) (replaces Planning 10 and Graduation Transitions)
  • Physical Health and Education 10 (4 credits)
  • Science 10 (4 credits), and a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits), and a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Math 10 (4 credits), and a Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 10, 11 & 12 (12 credits)
  • An Arts Education 10, 11, or 12 and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits)
The content and learning outcomes for Grad Transitions and Planning 10 have been distributed into new required Career Education courses and other required curriculum.​