General Arts & Science

Post-Secondary Programs, Post-Secondary Preparation
Credential Earned: College Certificate (1 Year)
Campus: Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Moosonee, Timmins, Distance
Program Length: 2 Semesters

One-Year Certificate: G261
Distance Learning (Domestic Student Only): G279

Two-Year Diploma: G045
Distance Learning (Domestic Student Only): G277

This program is a flexible program that provides students with access to a wide variety of post secondary options. While exploring different areas of study such as community services, business, health sciences, and technology and working toward a college certificate or diploma, students earn credits that may be transferred to other college programs or university. The program focuses on developing enhanced skills in communication, critical thinking and computer literacy to build a solid foundation for future studies and career success.

This program offers students the opportunity to:

  • Design a program of study that upgrades their qualifications for other university and college programs.
  • Obtain a general post-secondary education before deciding on a career path.
  • Personalize a program of study based on their goals and interests.
  • Earn credits that can be transferred to a variety of program areas at college or university.
  • Attend college even if they have been unable to gain entry into the program of their choice due to limited enrollment.

Program Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Develop communication skills to a level required by business and industry
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving techniques
  • Develop a general knowledge of a variety of subjects that will contribute to developing insights into self and society
  • Function successfully in a post-secondary educational environment
  • Transfer the credits gained in approved courses towards a baccalaureate (B.A./B.Sc) at selected universities or to other college programs.

Career Opportunities
Upon graduation, students may find employment in all occupations requiring a general education or with firms/agencies that provide their own training. A wide variety of entry-level positions exist in all economic sectors, such as business, finance, retail and sales, hospitality, arts, culture, recreation and sports. Many graduates of this program continue their studies in other college or university programs.


Contact Information

Erin Holmes, Program Coordinator
705-235-3211 ext. 2156

Admission Requirements

Domestic Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 10 Math (MFM2P or equivalent)
Or equivalent.

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program).
Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Note: Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

International Admission Requirements

1. Proof of Senior High School Diploma/Certificate

2. English Proficiency (we will require one of the following):

  • IELT Academic International English Language Testing System
    o a minimum overall score of 6.0 must be achieved with no individual band score under 6.0; however, we will accept one band at 5.5.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Computer-based overall minimum score of 79
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic – Graduate Diploma: 58+

If your country of citizenship has English as its official language, we may accept alternate proof of English Proficiency.

All educational documents must be submitted in English and will be dependent on the country of citizenship.

For more information, please contact

One-Year Certificate - Semester 1 & 2
CM1903 Communications I – Model A

The student will apply the fundamentals of formal oral and written communications for current, practical business and technical communication situations. Specifically, students will be able to identify, correct, describe, demonstrate and/or discuss topics in: Communication Foundations (importance of communications and the communications process and barriers); Grammar Essentials (basic sentence faults such as Sentence Fragments and Run On Sentences); Writing Process (techniques for greater effectiveness); and Business Correspondence (characteristics of well written letters and different letter patterns). In addition, students will demonstrate they can plan, conduct and participate in meetings and prepare for, deliver and explain the parts of effective Oral Presentations.

EG3043 Student Success for Higher Learning


IN1093 Computer Applications for Business & Technology

Students are introduced to commonly used features of the most widely used microcomputer applications – Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Basic computer skills are required as prerequisites. A series of lectures, projects, and exercises will take advantage of Microsoft Office features. Word’s extensive menu, toolbar, and template features will be used to create various business documents. Project material is developed so that students will apply their software skills to course material throughout their program of studies.

GN1103 Investing in Your Future


CM2903 Communications II – Model A

Communications II is a one-semester course which applies the oral and written communication tools learned in the first semester to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance writing skills acquired in CM1903 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, memoranda, emails, employment documents as well as reports and problem solving documents as applicable to their field of study. The course presents the theory and practice necessary for the planning and presentation of short informal and formal reports and introduces the dynamics of planning and participating in meeting situations. Students will participate in mock interviews (as applicable), so that they are prepared to sell themselves as they transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class activities and the usage of the customized online grammar tool. As with CM1903, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will find themselves in in the future.

IN2313 Software Applications II

Essential aspects of Microsoft Excel and the principal functions of a worksheet are covered. The student will use formulas and functions to build and format worksheets and workbooks. Topics including using IF, financial, database, and lookup functions, as well as data tables and amortization schedules. A variety of charting techniques will be examined. Excel worksheets and charts are linked to Microsoft Word documents and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations.

EG2043 Introduction to Canada


PH2103 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving will enable the learner to assess the arguments of others by equipping them with the skills to assess the truth claims put forward in support of a conclusion and to assess the structure and consistency of the argument itself. The learner will discover how to effectively construct arguments to advocate for their own positions. As a result, the learner will hone their ability to critique the claims of others, to understand and articulate their own opinions, and to make the best decision in a given set of circumstances.

Two-Year Diploma - Semester 3 & 4
GN1443 Canadian Indigenous History & Relations

This general education course will provide students with an introduction to Canadian Indigenous Nations’ history, sovereignty, land titles, cultural history and current critical issues. Topics addressed include the content of aboriginal rights, economic and social development, community and political processes, and business law and policies, justice & social services.

MA1053 Mathematics Fundamentals I

Students will review mathematical concepts and operations of basic arithmetic skills and their applications. Whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percent, ratio and proportions are topics covered.

NA2053 Canadian Government

This course is designed to enable the student to understand the operation, structure, function and interaction of the three levels of government. In addition, the historic, economic, social and political environments in which the government exists will be discussed.

SE6023 Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution

This general education course is designed to have the learner understand that conflict is a natural phenomenon, present in all relationships in one’s life and work and community. Learners will learn how to focus on achieving common goals, on prevention by design, and how apply current models of conflict resolution, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, problem solving, and group facilitation techniques to appropriate situations.

DS4063 Health and Nutrition

Nutrition plays a significant role in promoting health and preventing disease. Major nutritional concerns facing Canadians of all ages and walks of life are obesity and chronic diseases influenced by diet. This course will introduce the student to basic health and nutrition principles that promote healthy food choices and positive lifestyles. Diet modifications that may be required by individuals across the lifespan will be discussed.

EC2033 Working With Diversity

Students will explore and examine the many layers of diversity that surround individuals and identifiable groups in society and they will see how these many layers contribute to a rich, diverse Canadian cultural landscape. As part of this examination, students will have the opportunity to reflect on their personal attitudes, assumptions and views toward diverse population groups. As a brief introduction, students will begin developing their understanding of diversity by identifying, discussing, and defining core terminology like privilege, cultural competence, and cultural safety, Students will enhance their knowledge and understanding of diversity by looking at origins of differences among various population groups in Canada and by looking at society’s attitudes associated with Canadian Regionalism, demographic trends, First Nations peoples, immigration, and various other established minority groups. Also, learners will become aware of government policies and influence on certain segments of Canadian society and its role in dealing with social inequalities. Finally, students will look at and reflect on the media’s role in perpetuating stereotypes and swaying personal views of diversity in Canada. Cultural Competence involves a dialogue between the worker and the client. It does not rely solely on the skills and competence of the worker, but rather emphasizes open and constant communication based on mutual respect and equal rights. The students will learn about the concept of Cultural Competence and Social and Economic Justice. The history and current social conditions of many historically oppressed groups will be covered in detail to help the student gain the awareness, knowledge and skills necessary to attain Cultural Competence.

PF4003 Criminology

This course provides an examination of various theoretical explanations of criminal and deviant behaviour including the sociological, biological and psychological perspectives. Criminology theory is related to various types of criminal activity and the reality of crime in Canada including victimology is examined through crime statistics and correlation of criminal behaviour. The impact of theory on the development and effectiveness of the criminal justice system is discussed with the emphasis of future trends within the system.

SW3133 Addiction and Mental Health

Concurrent Disorders is a term used to describe cases where a person is struggling with both mental health and substance abuse. People who are struggling with mental health are significantly more likely to abuse substances. The inverse is also true, making it paramount that students learn how to work with and support this population. This course will introduce students to the nature of concurrent disorders; discuss competencies related to inter-professional collaboration and explore cultural and societal influences that impact people experiencing concurrent disorders. Students will have an opportunity to hear from experts in the field and participate in activities to help build their own capacity to be able to work with those affected by co-occurring disorders.

Additional Course Information

One-Year Certificate
Students will take three courses of their choosing in both semester 1 and 2 in addition to the courses described above.

Two-Year Diploma
In addition to the courses described above, students will complete twenty courses of their choosing in semester 3 and 4.

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