Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne Campus

Improve your English speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills to handle everyday interactions in an English-language environment and to upgrade your English skills to a level appropriate for academic studies.

This flexible learning program consists of two skill levels. Both levels consist of five courses that focus on different language skills and topics, combining classroom activities with academic workshops and off-campus excursions to immerse you in the English language and Canadian culture.

English skills are assessed at intake, and students are accordingly placed in a level within the program. Typically, you are required to study for eight months to earn your certificate. However, if you have advanced English skills, you may be able to skip the lower level and complete your certificate in as little as four months. If you have very basic English skills, you may require foundational concepts and it will instead take 10 months to complete all requirements.

In the highest level of the program, you are also able to earn General Education course credits which you can put toward the completion of a subsequent College program.

As a graduate, you may apply for entry into many regular programs at Cambrian College.

Program Highlights

  • Program length varies from four to ten months
  • Fast-track options and flexible start dates
  • Small class sizes foster interaction with the instructor and classmates
  • Pathway to college or university studies in Canada
  • Practice your skills through personal tutoring, conversation circles, and field trips/social outings
  • Advanced students earn General Education credits that can be put toward a future post-secondary diploma program
  • Receive an official Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities certificate from Cambrian College upon completion

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How to Apply

General Studies

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent from home country. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission, OR

  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate, OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate, OR
  • Mature student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing.

A language placement test is required. 

Additional Information

International Applicants

Students are encouraged to contact Cambrian International to apply for General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (EAP). For more information, applicants are encouraged to call (705) 566-8101, extension 6236, or email international@cambriancollege.ca

Canadian Residents

To apply for General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes (EAP), please apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. For more information, please contact the Enrolment Centre by calling (705) 566-8101, extension 6236, or by emailing enrolmentcentre@cambriancollege.ca.


Program Delivery


This program consists of two 14-week semesters.  The program is delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term

September Start
  1. SEMESTER 1 Sep - Dec
  2. SEMESTER 2 Jan - Apr

Applicants wishing to start in September and study full-time will apply to EAPP for Sep 2023 at OCAS. 

November Start
  1. SEMESTER 1 Nov - Feb
  2. SEMESTER 2 Mar - Jun

Applicants wishing to start in November and study full-time will apply to EAP2 for Nov 2023 at OCAS. 

Winter Term

January Start
  1. SEMESTER 1 Jan - Apr
  2. SEMESTER 2 May - Aug

Applicants wishing to start in January and study full-time will apply to EAPP for Jan 2024 at OCAS. 

March Start
  1. SEMESTER 1 Mar - Jun
  2. SEMESTER 2 July - Oct

Applicants wishing to start in March and study full-time will apply to EAP2 for Mar 2024 at OCAS. 

Spring Term

May Start
  1. SEMESTER 1 May - Aug
  2. SEMESTER 2 Sep - Dec

Applicants wishing to start in May and study full-time will apply to EAPP for May 2024 at OCAS. 

July Start
  1. SEMESTER 1 Jul - Oct
  2. SEMESTER 2 Nov - Feb

Applicants wishing to start in July and study full-time will apply to EAP2 for Jul 2024 at OCAS.

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2023-24 Academic Year 

Students may be assessed with advanced standing and start at a higher level.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ESL 1014 Oral Communication for Academic Purposes I 6
ESL 1015 Canadian Perspectives I 2
ESL 1016 Introduction to Computer Applications 2
ESL 1022 EAP Reading I 6
ESL 1023 EAP Writing I 7
Semester 2
ESL 1017 Reading for Academic Purposes II 6
ESL 1018 Writing for Academic Purposes II 6
ESL 1019 Oral Communication for Academic Purposes II 6
ESL 1020 Canadian Perspectives II 3
ESL 1021 Student Success for Higher Learning 2
 Total Credits46

The above courses are delivered in a condensed format in two 7-week blocks per semester.


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $400-500. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the General Arts and Science - English for Academic Purposes program are able to communicate effectively in Canadian educational and workplace environments, leading to various academic and employment opportunities.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.