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British Patterned System: GCE Advanced Level Examination

Applicants presenting GCE Advanced Level courses for admission to Western University will be considered as follows:

a) Applicants seeking admission on the basis of the General Certificate of Education (GCE) must submit three distinct A-Level (or four distinct AS-Level) traditional academic subjects with grades of A and/or B for admission consideration.  General Paper is not acceptable.  Applied Advanced Level subjects are not an ideal preparation for our programs.

b) Students who receive a 'B' grade on final GCE Advanced level exams will receive transfer credit for those courses approved by the appropriate faculty.

c)  Specific prerequisite courses are required for admission to some faculties/programs.  Pre-requisites must be presented at the Advanced or Advanced Subsidiary Level; however, some programs may consider IGCSE/GCSE/Ordinary Level results with a grade of ‘B’ or above to satisfy prerequisites.

d)  Submission of five IGCSE/GCSE/Ordinary Level academic subjects or equivalent is required as reference for past academic success.

    1. GCE Advanced Level and/or Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level documents sent directly to Western from the examining boards as listed below:

      • AQA: Confirmation of Results to a Third Party     
      • Cambridge (CIE):  Certifying Statement of Results
      • Edexcel: Certifying Statement of Results  
      • OCR: Certifying Statement of Results

      Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

      Note: Provisional results (i.e. A Statement of Results, Provisional Results Information, Candidate Statement of Provisional Results) 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 while in progress in the GCE Advanced Level/Advanced Subsidiary Level courses.  Predicted results and final O-Level results must be submitted directly to Western from the institutions attended.

      • Predicted GCE Grades Form
        This online form must be completed by either a Counsellor or Principal from the applicant’s school.  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.

      The Cambridge Pre-U Certificate or Cambridge International Pre-U diploma may be submitted in lieu or in combination with GCE Advanced Levels.  Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counselor and submitted directly to Western.  Notarized copies are not acceptable.

    2. GCSE/IGCSE (O-Level) results. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor.
      General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examinations will be considered a pass if marks obtained are A, B, or C.

    3. Refer to the content below for program specific required and recommended courses. Course prerequisites should be presented at the Advanced or Advanced Subsidiary Level:


Arts and Humanities

  • No course prerequisites

Engineering

Required Prerequisites

A- or AS-Level:

  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • 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

A- or AS-Level:

  • 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

A- or AS-Level:

  • Biology
  • Math (Recommended)

Note: Students considering the Honors Specialization in Health Sciences with Biology will need A- or AS-level 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

A- or AS-Level:

  • Biology

Notes:
▪ A Grade 12 Math and Grade11/12 Physics (or equivalent) 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 Grade 12 Science courses such as: Chemistry, Calculus, Pre-Calculus Math, or Physics.
▪ Grade 12 Chemistry (or equivalent) 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

A- or AS-Level:

  • 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

A- or AS-Level:

  • 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

A- or AS-Level:

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry

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 in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences and Neurosciences programs.
▪ Although Western offers first year Physics courses that do not require Grade 12 Physics as a prerequisite, it is strongly recommended that you complete Grade 12 (or equivalent) 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

A- or AS-Level:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • 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.

Science

Recommended Prerequisites

A- or AS-Level:

  • Calculus

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 (or equivalent) 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.
▪ Grade 12 Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (or equivalent) are highly recommended for the BSc in Psychology.

4.  Advanced Standing:  Students who receive a “B” on final Advanced Level exams will receive transfer credit for those courses approved by the appropriate faculty.

Subject Western Credit Credit Weight
Accounting Business 2257 1.0
Art (Art & Design) Visual Arts 1020 1.0
Biology Biology 1001a and Biology 1002b 1.0
Business Business 1220 1.0
Chemistry Chemistry 1301a and Chemistry 1302b 1.0
Computing Computer Science 1026a and 1027b 1.0
Economics Not eligible  
English Language Not eligible
English Literature English 1020E  1.0
Geography Geography 1300a and 1400f  1.0
History Not eligible  
Languages:
Arabic
French
German
Portuguese
Spanish

Arabic 2250
French 1910 or 1900E
German 2200
Portuguese 2200
Spanish 2200



1.0 each
Math Calc 1000a 0.5
Further Math Math 1020 TRN 0.5
Physics (New) Physics 1301A + 1302B 1.0
Psychology Psychology 1020 TRN 1.0
Sociology Sociology 1020 or 1021E 1.0
Technology Not eligible
Theatre Not eligible  

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.