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General Academic Requirements

Provincial High School Diploma. Four academic courses including English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12. 



Queen’s requires BC curriculum applicants to arrange for their grades to be electronically submitted via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). You will need to include your Personal Education Number (PEN) as part of your OUAC application and also select Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) when placing the request on the BC Ministry of Education’s Student Transcript Services (STS) system. This will establish the necessary connection for your grades to be electronically submitted to Queen’s using the OUAC’s Post-Secondary Information (PSI) system and the STS system

Common Requirements

Supplementary Information

Your high school transcript is just one piece of information we use when making an admission decision. Each applicant to Queen’s has a unique To-Do List, detailing exactly what we need to complete your application. You can see your To-Do List (and the due dates) on your SOLUS Student Centre. We will send your SOLUS access information after you apply.

We review and update our supplementary requirements on a regular basis to ensure applicants have a meaningful platform to share additional information not available through their grades.

English Language

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Requirements: Do you live in a country where English is not the acknowledged primary language?
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QBridge is an English language pathway to Queen’s University for students who are academically competitive for admission to a Queen’s undergraduate degree program, but who do not meet the required admission standard for English language proficiency. The QBridge programs ensure that students are linguistically, academically, and culturally prepared to complete their Queen’s undergraduate degree studies.
Learn more about the Queen’s School of English QBridge program...

Program Requirements

Arts (QA)

English Studies 12, plus three additional academic Grade 12 courses.

Number of first-year spaces: 1,408

Acceptable Prerequisite Courses

Please note: Students applying for admission to Queen's University who have graduated or completed high school courses prior to September 2019, should note that acceptable academic courses from the previous curriculum are outlined here: Acceptable Prerequisite Courses Prior to September 2019 .

Challenge exams are accepted in non-prerequisite courses only.

If a student completed English 12/English First Peoples 12 prior to September 2019, Queen's will use the blended mark as all students were required to write the Provincial Exam.

In addition, Queen's does not require the Literacy or Numeracy results, second language or LPI. However, all students must complete the BC Dogwood diploma and fulfill its requirements in order to be admitted to Queen's.

Acceptable Academic Prerequisite Courses

  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12
  • Pre-calculus 12
  • Calculus 12
  • AP Calc12/AP Calc12A/AP Calc12B
  • IB Math AA 12HL/IB Math AA 12SL/IB Math AI 12HL
  • Anatomy & Physiology 12
  • Chemistry 12/AP Chem12/IB Chem 12HL/IB Chem 12SL
  • Physics 12/AP Phys2 12/AP PhysC12/IB Phys 12HL/IB Phys 12SL
  • Foundations of Math 12**
  • Geometry 12**
  • Statistics 12**/AP Stats 12**
  • IB Math AI 12SL**

** Please note: These courses satisfy the Math prerequisite for Nursing and Health Sciences only.

Acceptable Additional Academic Courses

  • Comparative Cultures 12
  • Comparative World Religions 12
  • Computer Science 12
  • Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12
  • Political Studies 12
  • 20th Century World History 12
  • Asian Studies 12
  • BC First Peoples 12
  • Economics 12
  • Economic Theory 12
  • Environmental Science 12
  • Human Geography 12
  • Physical Geography 12
  • Genocide Studies 12
  • Philosophy 12
  • Social Justice 12
  • Literary Studies 12
  • Geology 12
  • American Sign Language 12
  • Français Langue 12 or French 12 (may use one)
  • Arabic 12
  • Croatian 12
  • German 12
  • Italian 12
  • Japanese 12
  • Korean 12
  • Mandarin 12
  • Punjabi 12
  • Russian 12
  • Spanish 12
  • Law Studies 12
  • AP or IB Academic Course(s)
  • Studio Arts 2D 12^/Studio Arts 3D 12^ (may use one)
  • Choral Music 12*/Instrumental Music 12*/Contemporary Music 12*/Composition & Production 12* (may use a maximum of two)

^ Please note: Studio Arts 2D/Studio Arts 3D are only acceptable for the Fine Art and Concurrent/Fine Art programs.

* Please note: Music courses are only acceptable for the Bachelor of Music and Concurrent/Music programs.

Queen's University reserves the right to update this list, pending approval.

Courses NOT Acceptable for Admission Purposes

  • Accounting 12
  • Financial Accounting 12
  • E-Commerce 12
  • Entrepreneurship 12
  • Creative Writing 12
  • New Media 12
  • Digital Media Development 12
  • Apprenticeship Math 12
  • Specialized Science 12
  • Urban Studies 12
  • Drama 12
  • Composition 12
  • Spoken Word 12
  • Music Theatre 12
  • Media Arts 12
  • Computer Information Systems 12
  • Computer Programming 12
  • Psychology 12
  • Graphic Production 12
  • Media Design 12
  • Dance Choreography/Company/Conditioning/Foundations 12
  • Dance Technique & Performance 12
  • Directing & Script Development 12
  • Film & Television 12
  • Theatre Company/Production 12
  • Art Studio 12
  • Graphic Arts 12
  • Photography 12
  • IB TOK
  • IB Extended Essay
  • IB CAS
  • CP Course(s)

As this list does not contain all possible courses that are not acceptable for admission purposes; if a course is not listed on the Acceptable Academic Prerequisite Courses, or on the Acceptable Additional Academic Courses – it should be considered not acceptable for admission purposes.

Queen's University reserves the right to update this list, pending approval.