What is the Nova Scotia High School Diploma for Adults?
The Nova Scotia High School Diploma for Adults is a diploma issued by the Department of Labour & Advanced Education
It recognizes the recipient as having completed a high school or secondary education.
Am I eligible to apply for the diploma?
You may be eligible to apply for this diploma if you:
- are 19 years of age or older and;
- have been out of public school for one full year or more and;
- do not already have a Department of Education recognized high school graduation diploma.
How can the diploma help me?
The Nova Scotia High School Diploma for Adults will help you to:
- improve your employability,
- gain entrance into post-secondary programs in colleges and universities,
- learn new skills and improve existing abilities.
Where is the diploma offered?
The diploma may be offered through:
- Adult High Schools (through regional school boards)
- Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)
- Université Sainte-Anne
How many credits do I need to earn my diploma?
To earn your diploma, you will need to successfully complete 12 credits from any one or a combination of the following choices:
- Grades 11 & 12 Public School Program credits offered by regional school boards,
- Adult Learning Program Level 4 credits offered by the NSCC,
- Correspondence Study Program credits offered through the Department of Education.
What credits do I need to earn my diploma?
You will need 6 compulsory and 6 elective credits. Five of the
12 credits must be at grade 12 level.
The 6 compulsory credits are:
- 2 credits - English/French Language Arts or Communications (grade 11 and 12)
- 1 credit – Mathematics (grade 11 or 12)
- 1 credit – Biology / Chemistry / Physics (grade 11 or 12)
- 1 credit - Technology, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies (grade 11 or 12)
- 1 credit - Global History / Global Geography (grade 11 or 12)
The 6 elective credits are:
- Any courses in any subject area that may assist in meeting personal or professional goals.
You may be granted equivalency credits from prior educational courses in vocational, training and post-secondary programs.
How do I decide which credits best meet my needs?
The credits you select to earn your diploma will depend on your educational and career goals.
Your regional school board or NSCC will discuss your credit requirements and assist in your credit choices at the beginning of the program.
Is there a cost to earn my diploma?
If you do not have a recognized high school graduation diploma, you will pay no tuition to earn your diploma (this includes correspondence studies as well). However, there may be registration fees and book costs. Those students who have a high school diploma and wish to upgrade previous credits will be charged fees.