Vancouver Premier College of Arts and Science

General Studies Diploma

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General Studies Diploma

(60 Credits, 52.5 Weeks)

The General Studies Diploma (GSD) is a flexible 60 credit program which enables students to choose a variety of 100 and 200 level courses that are most relevant to their personal interests as well as their professional and career goals. Over the course of the program, General Studies Diploma students will gain a breadth of social science and non-social science knowledge and important employability and life skills including critical thinking and problem solving, communication (oral and written) collaboration and teamwork, and, situational and cultural analysis.

The GSD enables students to sample a wide range of social science and non-social science courses that inform their decisions regarding their future field of study or career path. Accordingly, GSD students may select courses from disciplines such as Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, Geography and Economics as well as from Business and/or IT disciplines. GSD students are also able to earn competencies in two non-social science disciplines, quantitative and/or communication studies by excelling in either Mathematics/Statistics or English/Communication courses. The breadth of courses contained in the GSD program enables students to develop a strong academic foundation from which they may choose to enter the workforce or pursue advanced study in Social or Computer Science, Education or Business.  

Admissions Requirement

1. Be at least 17 years of age
2. Have graduated from high school or apply as a mature student who did not graduate from high school but is at least 19 years of age
Provide proof of English proficiency:
> Grade 12 or higher-level English course.
> High School English 12: C (or equivalent) from an English speaking country.
> University or College level English course (non‐ESL): C from an institution where English is the language of instruction.
English Language Test (only valid for two years):
> TOEFL: 68 iBT (with no individual score less than 16), 190 CBT, or 520 PBT
> IELTS: Academic version 6 (with no band test score less than 5.5)
> Cambridge International Exam: GCE O level C
> TOEIC: 700
> LPI: 4
> VPC English Proficiency Exam: 75%
> Completion of VPC ENGL 099
> Completion of AEL/ESL to an equivalent level
> Completion of at least 12 credits from a post secondary institution in Canada or where English is the principal language of the country and the language of instruction.

Graduation Requirements

To complete the program, a student must pass all courses with a mark of at least 50% in each course. Students must attend at least 80% of the program’s classes. The General Studies Diploma Program requires:

1) A minimum of 60 credits in 100-200 level courses;
2) A minimum of 24 credits in 200 level courses;
3) Specializations can be earned by completing a minimum of four (4) courses in either a social science or non-social science discipline with a GPA of 2.50
4) Competencies can be earned by completing a minimum of two (2) courses in quantitative disciplines (i.e. Mathematics plus Statistics) and communications disciplines (i.e. English plus Communications) with a GPA of 2.50


The General Studies Diploma program is among the most flexible academic programs offered and allows for considerable student customization of both core and elective courses. The GSD has 50 courses from which students can personalize their program.

Learning Outcomes

By completing the General Studies Diploma, students will learn to:

• Demonstrate personal knowledge and understanding of select social science and non-social science disciplines including psychology, business and IT.
• Communicate effectively using multiple communication techniques in a public setting and with co-workers and clients in the workplace.
• Use quantitative techniques including mathematics and statistics to advance critical thinking and facilitate problem solving.
• Identify and address various social and cultural issues or barriers required to enhance collaboration and team building success in organizational and collective societal settings.
• Analyze complex human interaction and behaviour in various situations and cultural contexts.

Note: This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.

Courses Offered

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Vancouver Premier College
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Vancouver Location
200-1338 West Broadway,
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 1H2

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