Admission Requirements

PLBC requires the following from prospective students:

1. Evidence of a Christian Commitment

Applicants must give evidence of personal faith in Jesus Christ, of living a consistent Christian life, and normally must have been actively involved in a local church for at least one year preceding their application.

2. Graduation from Secondary School or Equivalent

Traditional high school: Applicants must submit evidence of graduation from secondary school on the academic program, or successful completion of the B.C. Adult Graduation Program (formerly GED), or the equivalent if applying from another province or U.S. state.

Home schooled:
PLBC welcomes applications from graduates of home-based schools and from other unaccredited and/or non-traditional secondary education programs. Home-schooled students must provide PLBC with SAT or ACT scores. They should also provide an educational background chart to serve as a transcript.

International applicants: Applicants from countries other than Canada or the United States must show evidence of educational attainment recognized as equal to B.C. secondary school graduation, such as a General Certificate of Education (U.K. and Commonwealth), University of Hong Kong Matriculation Certificate, International Baccalaureate, or similar evidence of academic preparation.

3. DEMONSTRATED PROFICIENCY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

All applicants to the College must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing written proof of ONE of the following 19 options. Documentation should be originals, not copies.

SECONDARY SCHOOL GRADES (HIGH SCHOOL)

  1. BC English 12 (or equivalent*) C+ (67%)
  2. BC English Literature 12 (or equivalent*) C+ (67%)
  3. BC Communications 12 (or equivalent*) A (86%)
  4. Technical and Professional Communications 12 C+ (67%)
  5. English 12 First Peoples C+ (67%)
  6. IB English Language A (SL) 3
  7. AP English Language and Composition 3

* “Equivalent” means a course in an approved school or country where English is the principal language. The grade scale may be adjusted for the different grading practices.

Secondary school graduates who have passed one of the above options, but have not achieved the minimum grade specified, may be conditionally accepted as an unclassified student, but will be restricted to enrolling in 9 credits, of which 3 credits must be in PLBC’s Academic Writing course. If the student passes PLBC’s Academic Writing course with a C (70%) or higher, they will have been deemed to have met the English language requirement (see option 8 below) and may proceed with their studies with no credit-hour limits.

COLLEGE LEVEL GRADES

  1. A minimum grade of C (70%) in a college level English composition or academic writing course, including PLBC’s GEN 101 Academic Writing.
  2. Graduation from a recognized degree program at an accredited college or university at which English is the primary language of instruction.

TESTING OPTIONS

  1. LPI (Language Proficiency Index) – minimum essay score 4
  2. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (comput- er-based) or 79 (internet-based)
  3. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – minimum score of 6.5 on the Academic Mod- ule
  4. EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency) – minimum placement of Grade 1
  5. CAEL (Canadian Academic English Assessment) – minimum overall and essay score of 60
  6. CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) – minimum score 75 or “B”
  7. CPE (Cambridge English Proficiency) – minimum score 60 or “C”
  8. CLB (Canadian Language Benchmark) – Level 8 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  9. PTE (Pearson Test of English) – minimum score of 56

English Language Immersion Option (for international students only)

  1. PLBC’s English Language Immersion program.
    International students who do not meet any of the English-language requirements outlined above are not admissible to college-level courses and programs, but can register in PLBC’s eight month English Language Immersion program (ELI).

    • A student who completes PLBC’s 8-month ELI program with an minimum score of 80% in EACH of the reading and writing English courses included in the ELI program qualifies for conditional admission to college-level studies.
    • This student may enroll in a Fall semester, and must take no less and no more than 9 credits for college credit, of which 3 credits must be for GEN 101 Academic Writing. The courses must be tak- en on-campus. Distance education courses do not qualify.If the student achieves a minimum grade of “C” in EACH of their courses, they will be considered to have met the English language requirement for admission to a college-level program. The student may continue their studies without restrictions and the policy governing academic standing applies for the duration of their studies.
      If the student does not achieve a minimum grade of “C” in EACH of their courses, the student must withdraw from the College and meet the English Language Requirement by one of the other ways listed in this section before re-applying.

4. COMPLIANCE WITH COMMUNITY STANDARDS

Applicants must indicate willingness to comply with the College’s community standards and code of conduct as published in the Student Handbook.

5. CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK (COUNSELLING PROGRAM ONLY)

Have an official criminal record check (including a vulnerable sector) sent to PLBC.

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