Student Success Centre

Background Requirements for Mature Students

If you're thinking about becoming a mature student and find yourself wondering, "what background do I need to study Western programs?", then you've come to the right place.

What do I need to get into programs/faculties at Western if you are a mature applicant? 

Ensure that you have the background that is required for the programs that interest you. Most official publications include prerequisites for entry into programs that apply to Ontario secondary school students. If you are a mature applicant, the following applies to you. More questions? Contact the Mature Student Advisor or Academic Counsellor in the Student Success Centre.

Arts and Humanities

  • No course prerequisites required beyond meeting admission requirements

Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies

  • One of  Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U--preferred), Grade 11 Functions and Applications (MCF3M), Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Grade 12 Calculus & Vectors (MCV4U); if the Grade 11 math is the highest level of math completed, a minimum grade of 70 is required
  • See www. www.ontransfer.ca for the articulation agreement with Fanshawe College’s Diploma in Accounting

Bachelor of Health Sciences

  • Grade 12 U Biology
  • One of Grade 12 U Advanced Functions Grade (MHF4U), Grade 12 U Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), or Grade 12 U Math of Data Management (MDM4U) strongly recommended

Engineering

  • A minimum of 75% in each of Grade 12U Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Grade 12 U Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Grade 12U Chemistry (SCH4U) and Grade 12U Physics (SPH4U); applicants from Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology are advised to have background in these subjects as well

Foods and Nutrition Bachelor of Science

  • Grade 12U Biology (SBI4U) and Grade 12U Chemistry (SCH4U) or equivalent
  • One of Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U) or Functions and Applications (MCF3M) or equivalent
  • Contact the Admissions Office at Brescia University College for information on equivalents

Kinesiology (limited enrollment)—Bachelor of Arts

  • Grade 12U Biology (SBI4U)

Kinesiology (limited enrollment)—Bachelor of Science

  • Grade 12U Biology (SBI4U)
  • High school background in Chemistry, Physics and Math will be necessary to meet course prerequisites but is not required for admission to the program; Grade 12U Advanced Functions (MHF4U) strongly recommended 

Media, Information and Technology

  • No course prerequisites required beyond meeting admission requirements 

Music

  • Faculty’s recommendation based on an informal interview and satisfactory audition on a principal instrument at a minimum level of Conservatory Grade VIII

Nursing

A minimum of 65% in each of the following courses, completed within the last four years; to be competitive, an average of high 80s, low 90s will be required on these prerequisites:

  • Grade 12U English (ENG 4U)
  • Grade 12U Chemistry (SCH4U)
  • Grade 12U Biology (SBI4U)
  • One of Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U) or Functions and Applications (MCF3M)

Science

  • While it is possible to be admitted to Science without any high school prerequisites, please note that math is required by all Bachelor of Science programs.There may also be other high school prerequisites depending on the Science discipline you are considering. We recommend that you carefully check all prerequisites for the required courses in your desired program

Social Science

  • While it is possible to be admitted to Social Science without any high school prerequisites, please note that math is required for the following Social Science programs: Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, Economics, BSc in Geography, and Psychology (except the “minor”).

Additional Information

For detailed academic program information, see the Western calendar: www.westerncalendar.uwo.ca

Western Math prerequisites:  The minimum high school math to meet prerequisites for math at Western are one of Grade 11 Functions (MCR3U) or Functions and Applications (MCF3M). 

If you have the prerequisite for the Western math course you wish to take but is has been several years since you took that prerequisite, it would be wise to consider your confidence in math. Take a look at the text for the last high school course you took and/or the text for the Western course you wish to take. Does the course material look manageable?

If you do not have the prerequisite for the Western math course you wish to take, you may need to do upgrading. Speak with an academic counsellor from Science, the Math Department, or a mature student advisor at The Student Success Centre.

If you have math background from a high school or college system outside of Ontario, check with our Math Department to see how your background compares with what Western requires. Western’s Math Department can be reached at 519-661-3641 or email math-inquiry@uwo.ca).

Some common sources for math upgrading include: