First-year credit

If you complete university-level courses while in high school, you may be eligible for first-year credit at UBC. Entering UBC with first-year credit gives you an opportunity to take fewer courses to complete your degree. If you are eligible for credit/exemption for a first-year course, please consult your departmental advisors at UBC before registering for second-year courses. You may choose to refuse the first-year credit and take the course anyway.

The first-year-credit tables below are not exhaustive, so credit may be granted for courses not shown. The following programs of study are eligible for first-year UBC credits.

British-patterned education

If you studied British-patterned education and got a final A-Level grade of A or B in most academic science, math, and arts subjects, UBC will grant you first-year credit. If you got an A or B on an A-Level-examined subject not listed in the table below, UBC will determine your first-year credit on a case-by-case basis.

International Baccalaureate

If you completed the International Baccalaureate diploma, all Higher Level and some Standard Level IB courses will be considered for first-year credit.

Advanced Placement

If you got a grade of 4 or better on approved Advanced Placement exams, UBC will grant you first-year credit.

First-year credits offered

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British-patterned education

High school subject UBC course granted (including credits)
Accounting 100-level MGMT (3)
Art and Design 100-level VISA (3)
Biology 100-level BIOL (6), with exemption from BIOL 116, 117, 122, and 125
Business Studies 100-level MGMT (3)
Chemistry CHEM 111 (3), CHEM 113 (3)
Economics ECON 101 (3), ECON 102 (3)
French FREN 122 (3), FREN 123 (3)
German GERM 210 (3), GERM 2nd (3)
Islamic Studies 100-level ARTS (3)
Literature (English) 100-level ENGL (6)
Mathematics MATH 100 (3)
Mathematics (Applied) No credit
Mathematics (Further) MATH 100 (3), MATH 101 (3)
Physics 100-level PHYS (6)
Sociology 100-level SOCI (6)
Spanish SPAN 201 (3), SPAN 202 (3)

International Baccalaureate

High school subject Minimum IB score UBC course granted (including credits)
Biology HL 6 BIOL 1st-year level (6), with exemption from BIOL 116, BIOL 117, BIOL 122 and BIOL125
Business and Management SL 5 MGMT 1st-year level (3)
Business and Management HL 5 MGMT 1st-year level (3)
Chemistry HL 6 CHEM 121 (3) and CHEM 123 (3)
Chinese A HL 5 ARTS 1st-year level (6)
Chinese B HL 5 ARTS 1st-year level (6)
Computer Science HL 6 COSC 1st-year level (6)
Economics SL 5 ECON 1st-year level (3)
Economics HL 5 ECON 1st-year level (6) [Not for credit toward Economics specializations]
English Language and Literature A HL 5 ENGL 1st-year level (6)
English Literature A HL 5 ENGL 1st-year level (6)
French A SL 5 FREN 122 (3) and FREN 123 (3)
French B HL 5 FREN 122 (3) and FREN 123 (3)
French Language and Literature A HL 5 FREN 222 (3) and FREN 223 (3)
French Literature A HL 5 FREN 220 (3) and FREN 221 (3)
Geography HL 6 GEOG 1st-year level (6)
German A SL 5 GERM 200 (3)
German A HL 5 GERM 200 (3) and GERM 210 (3)
German B HL 5 GERM 110 (3) and GERM 200 (3)
Greek HL 5 GREK 1st-year level (6)
History HL 5 HIST 1st-year level (6)
Information Technology in a Global Society HL 6 ARTS 1st-year level (6)
Islamic History HL 5 ARTS 1st-year level (6)
Italian A SL 5 ARTS 1st-year level (3)
Italian A or B HL 5 ARTS 1st-year level (6)
Latin HL 5 LATN 1st-year level (6)
Mathematics HL 6 MATH 100 (3) and MATH 101 (3)
Philosophy SL 5 PHIL 1st-year level (3)
Philosophy HL 5 PHIL 1st-year level (6)
Physics SL 6 PHYS 100 (3)
Psychology HL 5 PSYO 1st-year level (6)
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL 5 ANTH 100 (3) and ANTH 1st-year level (3)
Spanish Literature A SL 5 SPAN 305 (3)
Spanish Language and Literature A SL 5 SPAN 301 (3)
Spanish Language and Literature A HL 5 SPAN 302 (3) and SPAN 2nd-year level (3)
Spanish Literature A HL 5 SPAN 306 (3) and SPAN 2nd-year level (3)
Spanish B HL 5 SPAN 201 (3) and SPAN 202 (3)
Theatre Arts HL 5 THTR 1st-year level (6)
Theory of Knowledge A or B PHIL 1st-year level (6)
Visual Arts SL 5 VISA 102 (3)
Visual Arts HL 5 VISA 102 (3) and VISA 103 (3)

Advanced Placement

High school subject UBC course granted (including credits)
Art History ARTH 1st-year level (6)
Biology BIOL 1st-year level (6), with exemption from BIOL 116, 117, 122, and 125
Calculus AB or Subscore of AB in Calculus BC MATH 100 (3)
Calculus BC MATH 100 (3) and MATH 101 (3)
Chemistry CHEM 121 (3) and CHEM 1st-year level (3)
Chinese ARTS 1st-year level (6)
Comparative Government and Politics POLI 220 (3)
Computer Science A COSC 1st-year level (3)
Computer Science AB COSC 111 (3) and COSC 1st-year level (3)
Economics: Macroeconomics ECON 102 (3)
Economics: Microeconomics ECON 101 (3)
English Language and Composition ENGL 112 (3) and ENGL 1st-year level (3) [When AP ENGL Language/Composition and AP ENGL Literature/Composition are taken together, credit is granted as ENGL 112 (3) and 9 credits of 1st-year level ENGL.]
English Literature and Composition ENGL 112 (3) and ENGL 1st-year level (3) [When AP ENGL Language/Composition and AP ENGL Literature/Composition are taken together, credit is granted as ENGL 112 (3) and 9 credits of 1st-year level ENGL.]
Environmental Science SCIE 1st-year level (3)
French Language FREN 122 (3) and FREN 123 (3)
French Literature FREN 220 (3) and FREN 221 (3)
German Language GERM 310 (3) and GERM 2nd-year level (3)
History: European HIST 116 (3) and HIST 126 (3)
History: United States HIST 211 (3) and HIST 221 (3)
Human Geography GEOG 128 (3) and GEOG 129 (3)
Italian Language and Culture ARTS 1st-year level (6)
Japanese JPST 201 (3) and JPST 1st-year level (3)
Latin: Literature LATN 1st-year level (6)
Latin: Vergil LATN 1st-year level (3)
Music Theory ARTS 1st-year level (6)
Physics 1 No credit [When AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 are taken together, credit is granted as PHYS 1st-year level (6). When a minimum grade of 4 is achieved in AP Physics 1 and a grade of 5 is achieved in AP Physics 2, credit is granted as PHYS 112 (3) and PHYS 122 (3).]
Physics 2 PHYS 1st-year level (3) [When AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 are taken together, credit is granted as PHYS 1st-year level (6). When a minimum grade of 4 is achieved in AP Physics 1 and a grade of 5 is achieved in AP Physics 2, credit is granted as PHYS 112 (3) and PHYS 122 (3).]
Physics C (Elec) PHYS 102 (3)
Physics C (Mech) PHYS 111 (3)
Psychology PSYO 111 (3) and PSYO 121 (3)
Spanish Language SPAN 201 (3) and SPAN 202 (3)
Spanish Literature SPAN 2nd (6), with exemption from SPAN 202, SPAN 204, and SPAN 252
Statistics STAT 1st-year level (3)
Studio Art: 2-D Design VISA 102 (3) [When AP Studio Art: 2-D Design and AP Studio Art: Drawing are taken together, credit is granted as VISA 102 (3) and VISA 103 (3) and VISA 1st-year level (3).]
Studio Art: 3-D Design VISA 104 (3) and VISA 105 (3)
Studio Art: Drawing VISA 102 (3) and VISA 103 (3) [When AP Studio Art: 2-D Design and AP Studio Art: Drawing are taken together, credit is granted as VISA 102 (3) and VISA 103 (3) and VISA 1st-year level (3).]
United States Government and Politics POLI 1st-year level (3)
World History HIST 1st-year level (3)