Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition is designed for high school and Adult Basic Education graduates who would like to improve their general employability skills or who are lacking either the academic courses or the required grades to meet the entrance requirements of the college program they would like to enter. The Transition program also provides a valuable “refresher” for mature students who have been away from education, training and/or the workforce for some time.
Students in the CAS Transition program will be provided the opportunity to gain a wide range of knowledge and skills in preparation for further post-secondary training and/or employment. In addition to courses in English, Mathematics and Sciences, students will be able to select courses from a range of General Education and Social Science courses as well as Exploration and Student Success courses. Transition courses such as Critical Thinking and Effective Learning provide students with the opportunity to develop the essential skills and strategies for successful learning in any college program. The completion of elective courses from other program areas will enable students to gain credits which may be used in a subsequent college program. (Note
: The range of course offerings may vary between campuses. Prospective students are advised to check with the campus they will be attending to confirm available courses as well as mode of delivery.)
- To provide the opportunity for secondary-level graduates to meet entrance requirements for other college programs.
- To provide secondary-level graduates and mature students with the opportunity to strengthen academic skills and/or learning habits and strategies needed to succeed in post-secondary programs.
- To enhance the employment opportunities of secondary-level graduates and mature students through improving fundamental employability skills.
- To provide the opportunity for secondary-level graduates to clarify training and career goals.
- To provide a refresher for mature students who have been away from education, training and/or the workforce for an extended period of time.
1. High School
Provincial High School Graduation Certificate, or equivalent
2. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business-Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile)
3. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission.
International Applicants – English Proficiency
All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550, TOEFL Internet based 79, TOEFL computer based 213 or equivalent, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0, or Pearson PTE 53 or greater, etc.).
If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.
If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.
Note: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.
One objective of the CAS Transition program is to increase opportunities for individuals of this province to gain post-secondary qualifications, and thus improve their lifetime employment and earnings potential. A number of government reports have documented the declining significance of high school graduation alone as a predictor of employability/employment status.
CAS Transition has the potential to significantly affect the employment and earnings potential of many adults in this province. For those who successfully make the transition to other college programs, the prospects for employment and increased lifetime earnings potential would be greatly enhanced. The Transition program also provides students with a post-secondary credential which could be of immediate benefit to them in the labour market, both in securing part-time work during their college studies and in attaining full-time work if they choose to postpone or suspend their studies for any reason.
Graduates of the CAS Transition program who have successfully completed the appropriate courses may qualify for admission to other college programs or other post-secondary programs or they may elect to enter the workforce directly. Students are advised to speak to an academic advisor regarding course selection. Students who complete the full certificate program may seek to meet admission criteria of Memorial University.
REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION
In order to complete the requirements of the Comprehensive Arts and Science Transition Certificate program, students must attain 40 credits with a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.00. Credits must include completion of Essential English I and II, a minimum of 20 credits from Core Program courses, and a minimum of 6 credits from Electives. Students must also meet all qualification requirements for the awarding of a Certificate from the college. (Note: Students may qualify for exemption and attain credit for graduation for Essential English I or II and/or Math Fundamentals I or II provided the necessary requirements are met. Only Essential English I and Math Fundamentals I can be considered for exemption within the CAS Transition program using the program specific exemption form. Factors affecting the decision for Exemption include: previous high school course(s) completed and grade attained, subsequent program choice and advisor/instructor recommendation.)