Brescia University College offers a co-educational Preliminary Year program for students who do not
have a basis of admission from their secondary school qualifications, and who have not completed
studies at the post-secondary level.
Students enrolled in the Preliminary Year program must have a minimum of 24 credits toward the
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and have completed the Ontario Secondary School
Certificate (OSSC), or equivalent from an educational system outside Ontario. This would be equivalent
to Grade 11 completion within the Ontario system. The majority of courses taken at the secondary school
level should be at the academic, advanced, university (‘U’ level) or university/college level (‘M’ level). A
minimum average of 70% in an academic program orientated toward university studies is required for
admission consideration. Prerequisites for Preliminary Year courses are normally the same as for Grade
12 U or M courses. Students outside Ontario are eligible depending on evaluation of their academic
records. Students enroll in 5.0 credit courses in addition to a 1.0 non-credit course.
Students who have partial admission credentials required for admission by Western and/or an Affiliate or
who have completed previous post-secondary work that does not constitute a basis of admission to first
year university may be considered for Brescia’s Preliminary Year Plus program. Preliminary Year Plus
consists of a minimum of 2.0 credit courses numbered 0001-0099 depending on the assessment of prior
studies and the first year faculty/program in which the student expresses an interest.
Successful completion of Preliminary Year or Preliminary Year Plus programs requires a pass standing in
all credit and non-credit courses required as specified at time of admission. Applicants who successfully
complete the Preliminary Year or Preliminary Year Plus program may be considered for admission to a
variety of general first year university programs. Admission to first year programs is competitive and is
based on academic performance, and the completion of and performance in required prerequisites.
Admissions decisions are determined by the Admissions or Registrar’s Office at the institutions to which
students apply. Students intending on continuing their studies at Western Main Campus must formally
apply for admission through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) for consideration.
Students wishing to enroll in undergraduate programs at Western’s Affiliated University Colleges (Brescia,
King’s or Huron) may submit an Intent to Register (ITR) during the ITR period in the winter session or
directly to the Registrar’s Office on each of these campuses.
All students enrolled in either the Preliminary Year or Preliminary Year Plus program are required to
complete a non-credit course focused on academic and personal preparation for enrollment in university
level studies. Courses taken in the Preliminary Year programs will be part of the student's overall
academic record. Courses numbered 0001-0099 constitute part of the basis of admission to university
study and do not carry university credit. Students are governed by the academic policies related to
undergraduate course delivery and may appeal course marks following the usual procedures (see
relevant Academic Rights and Responsibilities Section of the Academic Calendar).
All applications and inquiries should be sent to: Admissions Office, Brescia University College, London,
Ontario, Canada N6G 1H2, firstname.lastname@example.org.