Proficiency in Academic College English (Certificate)

Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


The Academic College English Program (ACE) is designed to improve your speaking, listening and writing skills to prepare you for college- and university-level classes.

If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or refugee the program is tuition-free.

In addition to helping you improve your English as a second language (ESL), the program focuses on developing research and critical thinking skills vital to post-secondary success. Once you complete the certificate you will meet the English language proficiency requirements for any course at Douglas College. Our ACE program is offered both full- and part-time for those with busy schedules.

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 12 credits
  • Minimum Grade: “MAS”
  • 75% (9 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College


Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits


ELLA 0310 

Discussing Global Issues for English Language Learners


ELLA 0320

Understanding Global Issues for English Language Learners



ELLA 0330

Writing about Global Issues for English Language Learners


ELLA 0340

Advancing Academic Accuracy for English Language Learners


Total Credits



Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

This program will prepare you for further education and enhance your current skill set. Develop your academic experience, your understanding of the English language, and apply your new knowledge to your future education or career.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.