Communication skills

Communication skills are one of the top five skills that organizations and employers look for in entry-level and mid-level hires (BCS, 2018). Communication courses support student learning with written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills. Students also learn presentation skills, language essentials and professionalism. Communication courses at Durham College are developed to complement a student’s program choice and include content and assessments related to a student’s chosen field of study.

Starting in fall 2019, students in some certificate, diploma and advanced diploma programs will be required to take an introductory Communication Foundations course as part of their first-year, first-semester offerings. Students in the programs listed below will have their high school Grade 12 English reviewed (ENG4C, ENG4U or equivalent) and should their mark be less than 60 per cent, then their program of study will also include the course, Fundamental Communication Skills. Students should check their schedules regularly for any changes.

  • Communication Foundations (3 hours per week)
  • Fundamental Communication Skills (1 hour per week)



Business Council Skills (BKS). (2018) Navigating change Skills Survey: 2018.