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Ontario College Certificate | 2 semesters | Barrydowne

  • Are you unsure of your career goals?
  • Not sure which college or university program is best for you?
  • Need an extra year to get ready for your college program?

Work with our educational planners to create a customized two-semester certificate program that will allow you to explore your academic and career options while earning College credits. Use this option as a pathway to other college programs or to university studies.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year – 2 semesters

  • Create a customized timetable to explore various programs and career paths

  • Receive personalized advising and support from Cambrian staff to develop an individualized educational plan to meet your needs and interests

  • Access the services of our Student Success Advisor

  • Access free tutoring and academic workshops designed to help you develop college academic skills

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How to Apply

General Studies

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2019
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2020

Winter Term Start

Depending on course availability

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2020


  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Fall 2020

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

Program of Study

This program is flexible. Over two semesters, you will need to take courses within the following categories to obtain the certificate. An educational planner will assist you in choosing the courses that are right for you.

  • Critical thinking
  • English
  • Math
  • Social sciences
  • Computer or science
  • You will also need up to 7 electives in any field, depending on availability


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

Depends on course selection.

Graduate Options

Employment and Academic Opportunities

There are a number of benefits to obtaining a General Arts Certificate at Cambrian College

  • The skills obtained in a General Arts and Science Certificate reflect the basic employability skills for which employers often ask.
  • You are provided with opportunities to develop college success skills before you apply for a specific program. These skills include:
    • Critical thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Communication
    • Computer
    • Numeracy
    • Writing skills.
  • You may be able to take courses that you could use towards your program of interest.

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.

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