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Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)

Admission is competitive and enrollment is limited.  Possession of the minimum requirements as listed here should not be viewed as a guarantee of admission.

Applicants who wish to be considered for admission to Western University on the basis of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations must submit the following:

  1. CAPE Certifying Statement of Performance issued to Western directly from the CXC.  Applications are available on the CXC website. Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

    Note: Preliminary Result Slips will be used for a preliminary evaluation of the final grades until the certificate / certifying statements become available in the Fall.  Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor.

    Applicants may be considered for conditional admission on the basis of predicted results.  Predicted Unit 2 results, final Unit 1 results and CSEC must be submitted directly to Western from the institution(s) attended.

    CAPE Predicted Results Form
    This online form must be completed by either a Counsellor or Principal from the applicant’s school.  CAPE results submitted by an applicant will not be accepted.
    If you are unsure whether you are required to complete this form, please refer to either the “To Do List” in your Student Center or the required documents section of your acknowledgement letter. 

  2. CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) results are required. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.  GCSE/O-level results may be considered in lieu of CSEC.

  3. Refer to the content below for program specific required and recommended courses.  Course prerequisites should be presented within the CAPE Diploma:


Arts and Humanities

  • No course prerequisites

Engineering

Required Prerequisites

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Chemistry
  • Math (not Applied)
  • Physics

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Fine Arts - Studio

  • No course prerequisites 

An online portfolio and personal statement are required for admission consideration to this program.

Foods and Nutrition

Required Prerequisites

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Health Sciences

Required Prerequisites 

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Biology
  • Math (Recommended)

Note: Students considering the Honors Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology will need a Grade 12 equivalent Chemistry in order to fulfill the first year Chemistry requirements of the module.

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Kinesiology

Required Prerequisites

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Biology

Notes:
▪ A Grade 12 equivalent Math and Grade 11 or 12 equivalent Physics are recommended to prepare for senior Kinesiology subjects in biomechanics, research methods, and statistics.
▪ It is strongly recommended that students interested in the BSc program take a Grade 12 equivalent Science courses such as: Chemistry, Calculus, Pre-Calculus Math, or Physics.
▪ A Grade 12 equivalent Chemistry is a prerequisite for first year Chemistry courses.

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Management and Organizational Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Math

Note: For Management & Organizational Studies a Grade 12 Calculus and/or a university Calculus course is required prior to taking mandatory upper-year Economics courses in Finance, and pursuing a Major or Honors Specialization in Economics.

Management and Organizational Studies - Commercial Aviation Management

Recommended Prerequisites

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Math
  • Physics

A mandatory Supplementary Application form is required by February 15.

For the Flight Option of this program, a valid Transport Canada Category 1 Medical Certificate is required before flight training can begin; two hours of small aircraft flying time is strongly recommended.

Media, Information and Technoculture

  • No course prerequisites

Medical Sciences

Recommended Prerequisites

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Math (not Applied)

Notes:
▪ First year Biology and Chemistry courses require a Grade 12 equivalent Biology and Chemistry, respectively. First year Biology and Chemistry courses are required for ALL modules offered in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences and Neurosciences programs.
▪ Although Western offers first year Physics courses that do not require a Grade 12 equivalent Physics as a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that you complete Grade 12 Physics. 

Music

  • No course prerequisites

Faculty recommendation required based on Audition, Interview, Piano Proficiency and Theory Placement results.

Note:  A senior level math course is recommended for applicants to Music Administrative Studies.

Nursing

Required Prerequisites

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Math (not Applied)

Secondary School course descriptions/syllabi may be requested from applicants to certain programs/faculties at Western for assessment of prerequisite course requirements. Applicants will be notified of this requirement at the point of application review and acknowledgement by the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Science

Recommended Prerequisites

Unit 1 and Unit 2:

  • Math (not Applied)

Notes:
▪  First year Biology and Chemistry courses require Grade 12 Biology and Chemistry, respectively. First year Biology and Chemistry courses are required for ALL modules offered by the Department of Biology and for some modules offered by the Department of Chemistry and other Science departments.
▪  It is strongly recommended that applicants complete a Grade 12 math course. 

Social Science

  • No course prerequisites

Notes:
▪ All Specializations and Majors in Psychology requires a first-year university Math course, therefore any Grade 12 level academic Math is highly recommended for this program.
▪ Math is helpful as preparation for Sociology and Geography programs.
▪ A Grade 12 Pre-Calculus Math and a Grade 12 Calculus (equivalent to Ontario Grade 12 Advanced Functions and Grade 12 Calculus) are required for all Economics modules.
▪ A Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are highly recommended for the BSc in Psychology.

 

4. Advanced Standing:  Students who receive a “II” on final CAPE Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams will receive transfer credit for those courses approved by the appropriate faculty.

Subject Western Credit Credit Weight
CAPE Accounting Business 2257 1.0
CAPE Biology Biology 1001a and Biology 1002b 1.0
CAPE Chemistry Chemistry 1301a and Chemistry 1302b 1.0
CAPE Management of Business Business 1220 1.0
CAPE Spanish Spanish 0002 TRN 1.0
CAPE Physics (New) Physics 1028A + 1029B 1.0
CAPE Pure Math Calc 1000a 0.5

Transferred courses with a designation of TRN are not directly equivalent to Western courses but may be used toward your degree.

Western courses numbered 1000 – 1990 are first-year courses and 2000 – 2999 are second year.