Academic Upgrading – College preparation

We are living in a rapidly evolving times as we face and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Durham College’s (DC) commitment to our students, employees and the broader community is unwavering, as is our dedication to ensuring the continuity of high-quality education. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at  This mailbox will be monitored daily and you can expect a response within 24 hours.   Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these exceptional circumstances

Are you:

  • Missing courses required to enter a college program?
  • Trying to upgrade basic or workplace level credits?
  • Wanting to update your academic skills?

Programs of study include:

  • Communications (English)
  • Mathematics


  • Qualify for an offer of admission to a college program
  • Qualify to receive scholarship and/or bursary awards to assist with the tuition fees for a post-secondary Durham College program

Academic upgrading is:

  • Offered every semester, call 905.721.3131 for dates.
  • Offered during the day
  • Personalized to meet your needs

Campus locations

Oshawa Campus
2000 Simcoe St. North
Oshawa, Ontario L1G 0C5

Online Courses

To learn more about online ACE courses visit Online education – Academic and Career Entrance Program (ACE).

Here’s how to get started:

Interested students are invited to attend an Academic Assessment session in math and/or English as a starting point. Writing the assessment provides us the opportunity to determine your skills and knowledge in these subject areas and helps us to create a personalized education plan to help you reach your goals. How much formal education you have completed doesn’t matter. In fact, the assessment is a great opportunity to reflect all types of learning from life experiences, work experiences, as well as formal education.


We are happy to announce that we are now offering our Academic Assessments in a virtual format. To get started please email and someone from our office will connect with you to create your personalized learning plan!

Please note: as we are currently working remotely, it may take longer than usual to respond to your email. We will make every effort to respond to your inquiry within two business days. Thank you for your patience. We look forward to hearing from you!


On Steps to Success session days – please park in Founders 2.  Bring your ticket that is issued as you enter and we will be able to provide a voucher at the end of the day to cover your parking costs.

Parking for ongoing Upgrading students is available in Founders 2, at a special rate of $5 per day with proof of registration.

How can I prepare for the assessment?

Remember, the assessment is not a pass or fail experience; it simply shows the skills you have gained or lost since you have been away from school.

Math – a review of the following subjects may be helpful: decimals, fractions, metric, order of operations, ratio and proportion, per cents, geometry, algebra, and trigonometry. Some useful web sites you may wish to visit include:

English – a review of reading and comprehension and writing skills may be helpful. Some useful web sites you may wish to visit include: