Can You Go to College Without a High School


Published: Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Published: Wednesday, 10 August 2022

After the upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, more mature students are heading back to school in Canada than ever before. Some of these adults never received a high school education or couldn’t complete their high school diplomas due to many factors such as their financial situation, being homeschooled, or having to drop out due to personal reasons.


If you or someone you know falls under the category of adults who do not have a high school diploma, here are three ways to get started on the college journey:


Enroll as a “Mature Student”

Many universities and college have a separate category of students to accommodate mature learners in their programs. This category is known as the mature student category. The qualifications for being recognized as a mature student vary by institution. Usually, it involves having reached a certain age and being a part of the workforce for a certain length of time.You can talk to an admissions representative from VCAD or check out our admissions page to see if you qualify to enroll as a mature student. 


Opt for an Arts Program

An Arts program is one of the best options for people without a high school diploma. Students with a creative vision benefit from an endless stream of opportunities during their course of study. VCAD offers a range of creative programs in industries like graphic design, animation, fashion design and architecture.


Get Your High School Diploma

For people who do not have a high school diploma, the Canadian government offers options to help them complete their education by offering courses through adult high schools, learning centres, community organizations, local boards, and online course offerings. These courses can help them complete high school diploma equivalent credentials, including:

  • Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
  • General Educational Development (GED), specific to each province


You can learn more about how the government can support your journey to obtain a high school diploma through continuing education.



There are many good reasons to obtain your GED or high school diploma. However, it is not the end of the world if you don’t achieve this. Many post-secondary enrollment options are offered by Vancouver Career College to help you level up in your career journey so that you can achieve your dreams without a high school diploma or GED.


Many professions do not require a GED or even a degree, and your hard work and determination are the foundational pillars that will guide your success.

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