To obtain an Alberta High School Diploma, students must have at minimum 100 credits as follows. Entry into post-secondary programs and workplaces may require additional and specific courses.
1. Core Courses: Fifty-six credits must be obtained in the following with their prerequisites:
• English Language Arts – 30-1 or 30-2 (15 credits)
• Social Studies – 30-1 or 30-2 (15 credits)
• Mathematics – Math 20-1, Math 20-2 or Math 20-3 (10 credits)
• Science – 20 or 24 or Biology 20, Chemistry 20, or Physics 20 (10 credits)
• Physical Education 10 (3 credits) • Career and Life Management (at least 3 credits)
2. Optional Courses: Ten credits in any combination must be from the following:
• Career and Technology Studies (CTS) • Fine Arts • Second Languages (maximum 25 credits)
• Physical Education 20 and/or 30 • Locally developed and/or acquired and locally authorized courses in CTS, fine arts, second languages, Knowledge & Employability
• Knowledge & Employability or occupational course • Registered Apprenticeship Program
3. Other Courses: Ten credits in any 30-level course (in addition to English Language Arts and Social Studies) must be from the following:
• 35-level locally developed and/or acquired and locally authorized courses
• Career and Technology Studies, Advanced Level 3000 series
• 35-level Work Experience (maximum 15 credits at the Grade 12 level)
• 30-4-level Knowledge & Employability course
• 35-level Registered Apprenticeship Program
• 30-level Green Certificate Specialization
The science requirement (Science 20, 24, Biology 20, Chemistry 20, Physics 20) may also be met with the 10-credit combination of Science 14 followed by Science 10.
Students taking Knowledge and Employability courses (previously known as Integrated Occupational Program courses) who wish to transfer to an Alberta High School Diploma route at any time must meet the requirements outlined previously.
Only 15 credits in Work Experience may be used to meet the 100-credit requirement for the Alberta High School Diploma.
Official details are available from Alberta Education at: https://www.alberta.ca/education-guide-alberta-high-school-diploma-graduation-requirements-english.aspx
Students in Francophone programs should consult “Alberta High School Diploma Graduation Requirements (French First Language – Francophone)” in the Guide to Education: https://www.alberta.ca/education-guide-alberta-high-school-diploma-graduation-requirements-francophone.aspx
Mature students (over age 19 on September 1 of current school year) should consult Alberta Education’s Program of Studies for applicable graduation requirements: https://www.alberta.ca/graduation-requirements-credentials-and-credits.aspx#jumplinks-3