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

  • No course prerequisites required beyond meeting admission requirements; all Bachelor of Science programs have high school math prerequisites and may require other high school science prerequisites; carefully check all prerequisites for the required courses in your desired program

Social Science

  • No course prerequisites required beyond meeting admission requirements; math is required for Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, Economics, BSc in Geography, and Psychology (except the “minor”); math recommended for Sociology

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 do not have this background or if it has been more than 5 years since you last studied math, you likely need to do upgrading.  How do you know if you need upgrading?  Consult with Western’s Math Department (519-661-3641 or email mathdept@uwo.ca) or a Western academic counsellor.  Should you decide to take secondary school math, talk to a counsellor at the secondary school to guide you in choosing a course to take given your background. 

Some common sources for math upgrading include: