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Yukon Graduation Requirements

Yukon follows the British Columbia Program of Studies, and subsequently the BC requirements for secondary school graduation. Successful completion of a graduation-level educational program is recognized through the awarding of a Yukon Secondary School Graduation Certificate.


Graduation Requirements

Required Courses
For the list of courses that can fulfill the Required Courses requirements in each of the following subject areas, see the online Course Registry.
Subject Area
Minimum Credits
a Language Arts 10
a Language Arts 11
a Language Arts 12
Social Studies 10
a Social Studies 11 or 12
a Science 10
a Science 11 or 12
a Mathematics 10
a Mathematics 11 or 12
Physical Education 10
Planning 10
a Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills 10, 11 or 12*
  Total: 48 credits
Elective Credits
Students must earn at least 28 elective credits. These credits can be for:
Additional Grade 10, 11 or 12 Ministry-Developed courses
External Credentials
Department Authorized courses
Post-Secondary credits, (dual credits)
Independent Directed Studies
Total: 28 credits
Graduation Transitions
Students earn 4 credits for completing Graduation Transitions
Total: 4 credits
  Overall Total: 80 credits

• Of the 80 credits needed for graduation, at least 16 credits must be at the Grade 12 level, including a Grade 12 Language Arts course. These Grade 12 credits may be for required courses or elective credits, and can come from Ministry Developed, DA, External Credential, Post-Secondary Dual Credit or IDS courses. Graduation Transitions cannot be used to help satisfy the requirement for at least 16 credits at the Grade 12 level.

• See for information about Graduation Transitions.

Options for Earning Credits

The Graduation Program allows students to earn credits toward graduation for “other” learning. The following table summarizes the multiple ways that students may earn Graduation Program credits.

External Credentails

• Recognizes documented learning from outside the regular British Columbia school system that the local school district deems equivalent to the learning outcomes of a Ministry-Developed or Board/Authority Authorized Grade 10, 11 or 12 course. “Deems equivalent” means a match of approximately 80% of the prescribed learning outcomes.
• Where the Ministry has not reviewed courses for equivalency, school districts have the authority to do so.
Example: Credit may be granted for Biology 20 completed in Alberta, because the course has a substantial match of learning outcomes with Ministry-Developed Biology 11.

• The Ministry authorizes certain courses or credentials for credit toward graduation that are developed outside the Ministry and taken by British Columbia students.
• The content standards do not necessarily match Ministry-Developed learning outcomes.
• The performance standards match or exceed those of Ministry-Developed Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses.
Example: A student is entitled to receive two credits for completing an ICBC-Approved Driver Education course.

Independent Directed Studies (IDS)

• Under the supervision of a teacher, students may initiate, develop and complete their own areas of learning based on the learning outcomes of Ministry-Developed or Deaprtment Authorized Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses.
• Students pursue learning outcomes, including or beyond those normally taught in the classroom, for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits. One credit is earned for approximately 30 hours of study.

Example: Credit may be granted for IDS History 12 for an in-depth study of World War I.

• Students are entitled to receive credit for undocumented prior learning for Ministry-Developed or Yukon Authorized Grade 10, 11 or 12 courses.
• Schoolss assess the relevant knowledge and skills students have gained elsewhere through a challenge assessment process.
Example: Credit may be granted for Japanese 10, 11 and 12 through a challenge process, if prior learning has not been documented.

Post-secondary Courses
Department Authorized (DA) Courses

• Students are entitled to receive “dual credit” for post-secondary courses that lead to a credential from a post-secondary institution. “Dual credit” means a student earns both graduation credit and credit at a post-secondary institution.
• Courses for which credit may be earned are listed in the BCCAT Transfer Guide, CTC Agreements and BC Public Post-Secondary Calendars.
Example: Credit may be granted for a Gas Metal and Arc Welding course taught at a college.

• Courses are developed at the school level and approved by the Department Authorized Review Committe at Yukon Education.
• There is no limit to the number of BAA courses that may count toward elective credits needed for graduation.
• DA courses may count for a maximum of 12 of the 16 required Grade 12 credits.

Example: Credit may be granted for DA Psychology 12



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