Students completing the General Certificate of Education (GCE) may use a combination of AS- or A-level and O-level courses to meet the five required admission subjects for UAlberta programs. A minimum of two (sometimes three) subjects must be at the Advanced or Advanced Subsidiary Level (A- or AS-level). The remaining subjects may be presented at the Ordinary Level (O-level).
Applicants completing the GCE A2-Level program may qualify for Admission to the University of Alberta based on Forecast results.
Complete the GCE A2-level Forecast Grade Form
GCE Course requirements for admission
Download the Undergraduate Program Subject Requirements (PDF) to determine the five required admission subjects for your program and the A and/or AS level subjects required.
- The mid-August release of final exam results for AS-level courses is too late to meet UAlberta's August 1 document deadline for fall admission.
Students completing AS-level courses only (and are not planning to take A-level exams) are encouraged to write SAT subject tests in appropriate subject areas in order to meet the August 1 document deadlines.
SAT subject tests are not required for A-level courses because predicted A-level scores are acceptable for admission.
- Students completing the GCE curriculum must present the English subject at the O-level or A-levels. The English subject taken through other standardized tests (e.g. SAT Literature, or AP English) can also be considered.
We do not accept the school-reported English on your GCE school's/centre's transcript for admissions.
Applicants studying GCE (British) curriculum may be considered as having met UAlberta’s English language requirement if they have a B grade in O-Level English Language. For details, see English Proficiency.
Am I Competitive?
Each undergraduate program has its own competitive admissions average, and this average varies from year to year.
Your average will be calculated on the five subject requirements after you have applied and submitted your transcripts and documentation.
Generally you need to present A-, AS-, and O-Level courses with grades of A and B, with no individual grade lower than a C.
See International Competitive Average Equivalencies.
GCE Transfer Credit
If you achieve a final grade of A or B in the following A-level courses, you will be considered for transfer credit for the UAlberta course indicated. AS-level courses will not be considered for transfer credit.
If you wish to decline your GCE Transfer Credit, you must complete and submit the Decline Transfer Credit Form (PDF).
GCE Advanced A-Level Course
University of Alberta Equivalents, North Campus (*=unit of course weight)
University of Alberta Equivalents, Augustana Campus (*=unit of course weight)
||ARAB 100-level (*6)
||AU Language 100-level (*6)
||BIOL 107 (*3)
||AUBIO 111 (*3)
||CHEM 101 (*3) and 261 (*3)
||AUCHE 110 (*3) and AUCHE 250 (*3)
||CHINA 101 (*3) and 102 (*3)
||AU Language 100-level (*6)
||ECON 101 (*3) and 102 (*3)
or 100-level complementary studies elective (*3)
|AUECO 101 (*3) and 102 (*3)
||ENGL 100-level (*6)
ENGL 100-level (*3) and 100-level complementary studies elective (*1)
|AUENG 100-level (*6)
||HIST 100-level (*6) or 100-level complementary studies elective (*3)
||AUHIS 100-level (*6)
||Eligible to apply for a Credit by Special Assessment (CSA) examination for MATH 114 (*3)
||Eligible to apply for a Credit by Special Assessment (CSA) examination for AUMAT 110 (*3)
||STAT 141 (*3) and MATH 125 (*3); eligible to apply for a Credit by Special Assessment (CSA) examination for MATH 114/115 (*6)
||AUSTA 1xx (*3); eligible to apply for a Credit by Special Assessment (CSA) examination for AUMAT 110/112 (*6)
||PHYS 124 (*3) and 126 (*3) with a grade of A; a grade of B will qualify if you also achieved at least a grade of B in A-level Mathematics.
||AUPHY 110 (*3) and AUPHY 100-level (*3) with a grade of A; a grade of B will qualify if you also achieved at least a grade of B in A-level Mathematics.
||PSYCO 100-level (*3) or 100-level complementary studies elective (*3)
||AUPSY 100-level (*3)
||SOC 100 (*3) or 100-level complementary studies elective (*3)
||AUSOC 101 (*3)
||SPAN 100 (*6)
||AUSPA 101 and 102 (*6)
| Notes for students entering the Faculty of Engineering:
- Transfer credit for first (qualifying) year courses does not reduce the minimum course load requirement of 37.0 units.
- There is no transfer credit for: Arabic, Chinese, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, or Spanish. Students may be eligible for transfer credit from Chemistry (towards CHEM 261) and/or Biology (towards BIOL 107) upon admission to the second year if the courses are applicable to the engineering discipline they are admitted into. Please contact the Faculty of Engineering for more information.
- Students may have only one 100-level complementary studies elective (*1) as a degree requirement.