Nova Scotia

Assessment Criteria

If you are currently attending a Nova Scotia secondary school, you must complete your secondary school diploma or certificate by June including each of the following to be considered for admission:

  • Five acceptable academic courses numbered 12
    • English 12
    • Prerequisites for your program as specified by Western

Applications should be submitted in the Fall prior to the year in which you are seeking admission. Your Self Reported Grade Form should be submitted as soon as you receive mid-year grades. If you are attending a secondary school outside Ontario, you are also eligible to fill out either the Special Consideration or the Extraordinary Extracurricular Activities & Contributions to Citizenship Profile

Note: Some programs may require specific courses from out-of-province applicants to be eligible for enrollment. The Admission Recommendations and Requirements chart presents this information for each province in one document.



Additional Admissions Information

  • All Grade 12 prerequisites must be completed. 
  • If a course has been taken more than once, the highest reported successful grade in the course will be used in the calculation of your admission average.
  • Grades obtained through Challenge for Credit will not be used in the calculation of an admission average.
  • Western’s Main Campus does not extend automatic alternate offers of admission.  If you wish to be considered for more than one program, list each as a separate choice on the OUAC application form.
  • Applicants attending high school after completing college and/or university courses must disclose this information on the application form, and submit official transcripts to the Undergraduate Admissions Office.
  • Upgrading in certain subjects, particularly Calculus, may be required during first-year to satisfy admission or progression requirements for specific programs. 

Acceptable Courses

Any Advanced Placement 12 (AP)
Any International Baccalaureate (IB) except TOK
Any Language 12
Biology 12
Calculus 12
Canadian Law 12
Canadian Literature 12
Chemistry 12
Computer Related Studies 12
Computer Science 12
Economics 12
English 12
Environmental Systems 12
Études Planétaire Global 12
Geology 12
Geography 12
Global Geography 12
Global History 12
Global Politics 12
History 12
Law/Droit 12
Mathematics 12
Modern World Problems 12
Music Theory 12
Music 12
Philosophy 12
Physics 12
Political Science 12
Pre-Calculus 12
Sociology 12
Statistics 12

One additional Grade 12 Fine Arts or Music course may be used for applicants to Fine Arts (EAV) or Music (EM, EMA).

Note: This list is not exhaustive. If you have a question regarding the acceptability of a course for admission consideration, please contact the Admissions Office directly.