18 credits are required to graduate —
13 of these are compulsory
- 3 English Language Arts — one at each grade level
- 3 Mathematics — from three different grade levels
- 2 Sciences — a “first science” credit and 1 other – see course descriptions
- 1 Canadian History course — Mi’kmaq Studies 10, Canadian History 11, Histoire du Canada 11F, African Canadian Studies 11, or Gaelic Studies 11
- 1 Global Studies — Global Geography 12, Global History 12, Géographie Planétaires 12F, or Global Politics 12
- 1 Physical Education — from Phys Ed 10, Physically Active Living 11, Mode de Vie Actif 11F, Dance 11, Phys Ed 11, Yoga 11, Phys Ed 12, Phys Ed Leadership 12, Dance 12
- 1 Fine Arts — Art, Dance, Drama, Music Band/Strings/Theory/Vocals
- 1 other credit from Technology, Mathematics or Science
- No more than 7 of the 18 credits may be from courses coded as Grade 10 and at least 5 must be from courses coded as Grade 12.
- Only one credit will be given for a course in the same subject at the same grade level, although both will show on the student transcript. For example, if a student completes English Communications 12 and English 12, it will only count as one credit toward the 18 credits required for graduation.
Post-Secondary admission requirements
Listed below are the grade 12 courses required for several post-secondary programs.
It is important to check the specifics for each institution as they vary, especially outside Nova Scotia.
University entrance requirements
- Bachelor of Arts
- English + 4 other academic courses
- Bachelor of Science
- English, Pre-Calculus Math, 2 Sciences + 1 other academic course
- Bachelor of Commerce
- English, Mathematics (in some cases Pre-Calculus) + 3 other academic courses
- Bachelor of Engineering
English, Pre-Calculus Math, Chemistry, Physics + 1 other academic course
Calculus is required for Science and Engineering in many universities outside of Atlantic Canada.
- Bachelor of Computer Science
- English, Pre-Calculus Math + 3 other academic courses
- Bachelor of Nursing
- English, Math (academic) Chemistry, Biology + 1 other academic course
Community college requirements
Grade 12 or equivalent (some programs have specific subject requirements, particularly in mathematics and science).