Need a High School Diploma?
If you are over 18 and didn't finish school, you may find you need a high school diploma or equivalent to take a post-secondary or training program, or to get a job. You may or may not have to go back to school to get the qualifications you need for the post-secondary program you want. To find out, follow these suggestions.
Find out what you need to take a post-secondary or training program
If you want to take a post-secondary or training program, you may not need a high school diploma for admission. If you are at least 18 years of age and have certain specified high school courses, you may be eligible for admission to the program you want to attend.
To find out, check out the mature student admission policy and program admission requirements in the school’s calendar or on its website. These requirements may vary from 1 school to another, so check them carefully.
Watch for the following:
- Does the school allow mature students to apply without all of the standard admission requirements?
- Does the school require applicants to pass a writing competency exam?
- Do you qualify under the minimum age and other requirements specified in the school’s mature student admission policies?
Always contact the school to be certain of the requirements for the program you plan to take.
Consider taking upgrading courses
You may be eligible for admission to the post-secondary program you want. But are you confident that your academic skills are good enough to successfully complete the program? If not, you may want to consider taking 1 or more upgrading courses.
Several schools may offer suitable programs at locations near your home. Some options include:
Make sure you understand your upgrading options. Upgrading programs may be designed specifically for students who wish to qualify for other programs offered at the same school. If you plan to attend a different school after you graduate from an upgrading program, make sure the qualifications will be accepted at the program you plan to attend.
Look at getting your General Education Diploma
If you want to demonstrate to yourself, employers and schools that you have the knowledge acquired through daily living that is equivalent to the knowledge of a high school graduate, you can write a series of 5 GED (General Education Diploma) exams to earn a High School Equivalency Diploma.
To find out about the GED, check out GED section on the Alberta Education's website.
Before you invest time and energy preparing for GED exams, talk to several employers who have the types of jobs for which you would like to qualify. Ask if they accept a General Education Diploma.
Get the educational requirements you need
Not having a high school diploma can be a challenge, but understanding your options can help you take the next step in your career or education. Take advantage of 1 of the many available options to upgrade your education and get the job you want.
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