What do the Course Codes Mean?

Explanation of Secondary School Courses

Grades 9 and 10

In grade 9 and 10, subjects are organized into the following course types:

Applied “P”:

  • focuses on the essential concepts of the discipline
  • develops your knowledge and skills by emphasizing practical, concrete applications of essential concepts of the course incorporates theoretical applications as appropriate.
  • Lead initially to College or Apprenticeship Pathways

Academic “D”​:

  • focuses on the essential concepts of the discipline & explores related concepts
  • develops your knowledge and skills by emphasizing theoretical, abstract applications of the essential concepts of the course
  • incorporates practical applications as appropriate.
  • Lead initially to University, College or Apprenticeship Pathways

Locally Developed “L”:

  • provides additional support to upgrade your knowledge and skills in order to meet the compulsory credit requirements
  • up to seven locally-developed courses can be counted as compulsory credits towards the diploma
  • meets your educational needs if you are not working at grade level
  • Lead initially to the Workplace, some Apprenticeship and specialized College Pathways

Open “O":

  • one set of expectations for the discipline, appropriate for you in a given grade
  • designed to prepare you for further study in certain subjects and to enrich your education

Grades 11 and 12

As you plan for grade 11 and 12 courses, you will need to familiarize yourself with the different course types. The courses being offered are intended to help prepare students for their initial post-secondary destination.

College “C”:

  • designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for college programs.

University/College “M”

  • designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for college or university programs.

University “U”

  • designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet the entrance requirements for university programs.

Workplace “E”

  • designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for direct entry into the workplace, admission to some apprenticeship programs and other community training programs.

Open “O”

  • allows you to broaden your knowledge and skills in a particular subject that may or may not be directly related to your post-secondary goals