B.C. Certificate of Graduation - 2018 Dogwood Diploma

"In order to meet graduation requirements and be awarded a British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma), students must earn a minimum of 80 credits and write the Graduation Numeracy (GNA) and Graduation Literacy (GLA) Assessments. The 80 credits must include 52 credits for required courses (including 8 credits of Career Education courses) and a minimum number of 28 elective credits."


Credits must be earned in the following subject areas or courses:

  • A Language Arts 10 (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 11 (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 12 (4 credits)
  • A Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
  • A Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Mathematics 10 (4 credits)
  • A Mathematics 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Science 10 (4 credits)
  • A Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
  • An Arts Education and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits)
  • Career Life Education (4 credits)
  • Career Life Connections (4 credits)


Students must complete a minimum of 28 elective credits. These 28 credits may be from Ministry-authorized or Board/Authority Authorized (BAA) courses, post-secondary courses or external credentials, but not Locally Developed courses. Once the credits for required courses have been met, additional courses in that subject area count as elective credits.

Other Requirements and Options for Earning Credits

Students must complete a minimum of 16 credits at the Grade 12 level, 12 credits in addition to a required Language Arts 12 course. These twelve Grade 12 credits may be for required courses, electives, Independent Directed Study, External Credentials, or dual credit post-secondary courses (see the Earning Credit through Equivalency, Challenge, External Credentials, Post-Secondary Credit and Independent Directed Studies Policy for additional information).

Provincial Graduation Assessments

Students must write a provincial Graduation Numeracy Assessment (GNA) and a provincial Graduation Literacy Assessment (GLA) in order to graduate. The first administration of the Graduation Literacy Assessment will be in 2019/20.

Additional Information for Parents and Students can be found at https://curriculum.gov.bc.ca/assessment/... and Numeracy Assessment Brochure.

Additional Information on the New 2018 Graduation Program