• Overview - 2019/2020

    The General Arts and Science program has always given students the opportunity to gain academic experience and open doors to other college and university programs. As such, the General Arts and Science program is also giving students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience through our new co-op option! This three-semester program allows students to pursue important hands-on work experience while earning a certificate. This program will not only give students a head start academically, but it will also help start students on a number of potential career paths.

    General Arts and Sciences will offer co-op opportunities in a number of positions including:

    • Hospitality
    • Retail
    • General Labour
    • Customer Service

    For more information, please contact our representatives. We are excited to continue providing students with new academic and professional opportunities.

    Contact us:

    Program coordinator:

    Chris Monteith
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4044

    Student success advisor:

    Katie Helmeczy
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x4176

  • Admission Requirements - 2019/2020

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
    OR
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    OR
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    OR
    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 (Co-op)-2019/2020

    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 CourseS:
    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.
    COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
    This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

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

    Group 1


    Group 2

  • Careers - 2019/2020

    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 - 2019/2020

    A Co-Operative Education Program
    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: GAP6
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September/January/May Admission
    15 week terms

    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Program Code: GAP6
    Campus Code: LCL (LCL - London-Online)
    September/January/May Admission
    15 week terms

    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    Program Code: GAP6S
    Campus Code: ST (ST - St. Thomas)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates

    St. Thomas/Elgin Regional Campus: 519-633-2030


    Contact

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

    Program Description

    Pursue important hands-on work experience while earning a General Arts & Science Certificate or Diploma.  Get a head start academically and explore a number of career paths to enhance your academic and employment portfolio.

    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 Western University with an enhanced application status, where an articulation exists for students wishing to pursue undergraduate studies in a variety of disciplines.

    General Arts and Science offers co-op opportunities in business and science related entry level positions.  The co-op option is a three level program that gives students the opportunity to explore new employment possibilities. 

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

    Mandatory Courses:
    Mandatory courses for Certificate, Diploma and Co-op 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)
    Note:  Students must also complete COOP-1020: Cooperative Education Employment Preparation (1.0 Credit)

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

    Notes:
    *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 2019 with the intention of applying to a highly competitive program at Fanshawe College in September 2020 should visit www.fanshawec.ca/hcp.  Fanshawe offers specific, career related designated preparatory programs for our highly competitive programs.  
    • Students must successfully complete their General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate with a minimum GPA (grade point average) by April 30, 2020 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.

    Co-operative Education

    In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.
    This is a one-year Co-operative Education program.  Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Certificate.  More information about Co-operative Education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op.
    Applicants seeking a non Co-op Endorsed Diploma should apply to the General Arts & Science program, Program Code GAP1.
    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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