• Overview - 2018/2019

    In our rapidly developing world, employers demand strong written and verbal communication skills from their employees. The General Arts and Science program will teach you the value of developing these essential employability skills while also giving you the preparation you need to continue your studies at the college or university level.

    As a student of both the one and two-year programs, you'll have the opportunity to follow the stream of study that most intrigues you with some majors even being offered in a flexible, online format. You'll also have the freedom to build your own program by selecting the courses that interest you the most.

    Graduates of the one-year program often continue their studies with exciting, career-path programs.

    If you choose to complete the two-year program, you'll have the advantage of enhanced application status at Western University, allowing you to enjoy credit transfer for a Bachelor's degree.

    Let your voice be heard – join the program today.

    Contact us:

    Program coordinator:

    Chris Monteith
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4044

    Student success advisor:

    Katie Helmeczy
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4176

  • Admission Requirements - 2018/2019

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10


    Advanced Standing

    Students who have taken courses at another post-secondary institution and/or have completed a One-Year General Arts & Science certificate from another college may be considered for advanced standing.  Contact the General Arts & Science Coordinator at 519-452-4430 ext. 4044 for more information.

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Courses

    General Arts and Science-One Year-2018/2019

    GAP1 - WRIT
    Take WRIT-1030
    (Students who place out of the WRIT Assessment must take 3
    additional elective credits at the Post-Secondary level.)

    Group 1
    WRIT-1030Reason & Writing 13
    This course introduces students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

    Group 2

    GAP1 - Mandatory
    Take the following Mandatory Course:
    COMM-3073Communications for General Arts3
    This course focuses on written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of professional documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace and/or future education in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.

    GAP1 - Electives
    Take 24 elective credits at the Post-Secondary level. At
    least 15 credits must be General Arts and Science elective

    Group 1

    Group 2

  • Careers - 2018/2019

    Career Opportunities

    If you are looking to change your future, explore your interests, or establish a strong foundational year of academic studies in advance of college career programs or university study, the General Arts and Science program is for you.
  • More Information - 2018/2019

    A One-Year Program leading to an Ontario College Certificate
    A Two-Year Program leading to an Ontario College Diploma
    Offered as a Weekday Program and as an Online Program
    Program Code: GAP1
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September/January/May Admission
    15 week terms

    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Program Code: GAP1
    Campus Code: LCL (LCL - London-Online)
    September/January/May Admission
    15 week terms

    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates


    School of Language and Liberal Studies: 519-452-4442 or 519-452-4480

    Program Description

    General Arts and Science is an open-enrollment, preparatory-studies program designed to provide opportunities for students to experience post-secondary studies in a supportive environment. Program participants are afforded the chance to develop a wide range of essential employability skills, benefit from extensive foundational Social Science and Humanities studies, upgrade their academic record, and focus on core and elective courses specific to their areas of interest. Students will also focus on professional writing and elective courses on culture, worldview, history, media and art.

    Graduates of the One-Year Certificate program will be prepared to continue vocational studies at the college-level in a number of college programs. Students can also use the One-Year Certificate to apply to select Ontario universities.

    Graduates of the Two-Year Diploma program can transfer credits directly to The University of Western Ontario with an enhanced application status, where an articulation exists for students wishing to pursue undergraduate studies in Indigenous Studies, Psychology, Sociology, English, and other combined undergraduate degrees.

    For more information, please contact our representatives. Student success is our highest goal, and providing opportunities for students is our greatest passion.

    Curriculum Description
    One-year Certificate registrants are required to complete 10 courses, or 30 credits of study. Two-year Diploma registrants are required to complete 20 courses, or 60 credits of study.

    Mandatory Courses:
    Mandatory courses for Certificate and Diploma registrants include Reason and Writing and Communications, which are required credits for all fields of study.

    2 Mandatory Courses:
    WRIT-1030: Reason and Writing Level 1* (3.0 Credits)
    COMM-3073: Communication for General Arts (3.0 Credits)

    8 or 18 Elective Courses:
    Certificate Student Elective Requirements (24.0 Additional Credits)
    Diploma Student Elective Requirements (54.0 Additional Credits)

    *Exemption subject to successful post-assessment place-out.

    Other Information

    • Students admitted to the program should write a diagnostic test which will assess their competence in basic writing.
    • Students admitted to the program and intending to take a math course should write a diagnostic test which will assess their competence in numeracy.
    • Students who successfully complete the requirements for an Ontario College Certificate and wish to continue in the General Arts and Science program to complete the requirements for an Ontario College Diploma must complete an "Application for Program Transfer" form available from the Office of the Registrar, Room E1012.
    • Students admitted to the program should be aware that due to the nature of the program, course availability may vary from term to term.  
    • Students who register in the General Arts and Science program in September 2018 and wish to apply to Child and Youth Care, Music Industry Arts, or Social Service Worker in September 2019 must successfully complete their General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum GPA (grade point average) by April 30, 2019 in order to be eligible for admission consideration in the immediately following academic year. 
    • The minimum GPA required varies depending on the intended career program. Consult the individual career program's 'Admission Requirements' section for details concerning these requirements.
    • Those students seeking to match their competitive admission grid advantage with designated preparatory programs with 6 or more courses per term are encouraged to consider taking a 6th part-time course each term in order to augment their potential placement on existing admission grids. Please consult your school's Academic Advisor for additional information.
    • Adult Learners attending G. A. Wheable Centre for Adult Education who successfully complete a two-course package at the Grade 12 level (Career Planning/Portfolio Development and English) will, upon application, receive one General Education elective credit for Portfolio Development at Fanshawe College.

    Co-operative Education

    Applicants seeking a co-op endorsed diploma should apply to the General Arts and Science (Co-op) program, Program Code GAP6.

    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

    • Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, in sight into both self and society.
    • Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
    • Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
    • Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
    • Employ basic vocational, skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioural Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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