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What High School Subjects Should I Take to Study in Canada?

subjects study in canadaCanadian universities and colleges accept both O/A level graduates and Intermediate graduates as long as they meet the minimum percent for marks.  So if you are planning to study in Canada once you have finished your Higher Secondary or A level year, then you will want to choose your courses keeping your goal in mind.

Remember that Canadian institutions accept students who have taken what is considered core subjects such as Maths, Science and English in addition to other subjects.  They are looking for a student that has a well-rounded higher secondary education.  As a general rule the following subjects should be selected for the following faculties:

Arts, Education – English, 2 subjects from the Humanities, Liberal Arts and a Second Language and 2 Sciences or 1 Maths

Science, Engineering, Agriculture – Make sure to include3 of Maths, Biology, Physics and Chemistry, etc.  Also English is necessary along with another subject from the Humanities, Liberal Arts or Languages.

Business – Students should include Maths, a Science, English, a Humanities/Liberal Arts and Language subjects.  Business courses are good electives, options.

Students should maintain good grades.  Major Canadian universities require 75% or better for the final marks for Science and Arts.  Higher marks such as 85% or better are required for Engineering, Honours Science and Business faculties.  Please note that entrance averages are often much higher than the stated minimum.

Some smaller universities and colleges will accept lower percentages.

Students studying their O/A levels under the Cambridge system (GCE) must present a minimum of two A (AS) level courses, although some faculties require three.  The remaining course may be made up with O Levels.

Please note that these are just general guidelines.  If a student is doubtful about what subjects he/she should study at the higher secondary level, he/she should check out a Canadian universities website to ensure he/she has selected the right subjects to qualify them to study in Canada.

If you need help in determining which subjects are right for you to study in Canada, then you can also call a Canadian university/college representative in Pakistan who will help you make the right selection.

Studying Engineering in Alberta, Canada

Studying in Canada oilEngineering is one of the most popular programs these days in Canada.  This is especially true for those that want to study Petroleum Engineering, but additionally, the province of Alberta, which has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Canada, desperately needs qualified professional and technical graduates.  The chance of employment in Alberta is extremely high, making studying at an Albertan educational institution particularly attractive.

Although Alberta has a number of high-quality institutions, I would like to point out just two of them; the University of Alberta and Grant MacEwan University.

Both universities are conveniently located in Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton and students will enjoy all the same amenities of transportation and living costs. They will also have the same work opportunities.

Grant MacEwan University is a small teaching university that is affiliated with the University of Alberta where students can take their first year of a Bachelors of Science in Engineering and then transfer to the University of Alberta to complete their degree.  As long as the student has a minimum GPA of 2.5, students are guaranteed transfer to the University of Alberta.  Students prepare for specialisation in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, materials, mechanical, mining and petroleum engineering.

The advantages of starting off at Grant MacEwan are two-fold:

  • Lower tuition costs – students will save about $3000 to $4000 on their first year courses.
  • Smaller classrooms – this means that students have the advantage of more one on one contact with their professors who are dedicated to teaching.

The University of Alberta is a premier research intensive university that ranks among the top 100 universities, worldwide.

The advantages of studying at the University of Alberta:

  • Co-op Program – learn practical skills while studying when you opt for the Co-op program.  You will be placed in an engineering related industry for practical training while you study.
  • World recognised degree – because of its recognition worldwide, a degree from the University of Alberta will take you places.
  • Great job opportunities – The University of Alberta is situated in the middle of an energy rich province – employment opportunities abound.  That means that the industry wants YOU the new graduate.
  • Scholarships – there are a good number of scholarships open to the international student who wants to study at this university.

If you would like to study at one of these fine universities, then please contact Alberta Rose Education Centre for more information.  They are conveniently located in Lahore, Pakistan to provide you with the best Canadian education consultancy services.  The main consultant is a Canadian who has worked in the education sector for over 27 years.