Pre-Business (Business Studies)

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Program Code: 2125

School: The Business School

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus

Email: business@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

Centennial College's Pre-Business program will help you to discover your path in the business world. If you are looking to enter a program within the School of Business, but may not currently meet the admission requirements, you may apply directly to this business certificate program, or it may be offered to you as a recommended alternative.

During this two-semester Centennial College Pre-Business program, you will work to build your fundamental business skills while exploring your career and educational options. As such, you will complete courses in:

  • Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Microsoft Office
  • Canadian and international business practices
  • Strategies for business success

A supportive learning environment in small classes, with additional advising opportunities to learn about potential pathways for future success, will ensure you are prepared for further education.

Upon successful completion of the Pre-Business program, you will be eligible to transfer, with credits, to a diploma or advanced diploma program within the School of Business. Among these programs are Accounting, Marketing, Business, Supply Chair and Operations, International Business and more. Additionally, you will be prepared to take your newly acquired skills to entry-level positions in the workplace.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-110 Accounting Fundamentals 1 Progress Campus
BUSN-110 Strategies for Business Success Progress Campus
BUSN-117 Canadian and International Business Fundamentals 1 Progress Campus
COMM-130 Developing College Communication Skills Progress Campus
COMP-106 Applied Business Software 1 Progress Campus
MATH-128 Mathematics of Finance I - E Progress Campus

Semester Note

1. MATH-128 prepares students for MATH-119, which is a required course for most School of Business Diploma programs. Applicants who test between 21/45 and 35/45 in the MATH Assessment test will be exempted from MATH-128, and will take MATH-118. Students who score 36/45 or higher will be exempted from MATH-128 and MATH-118 and will take MATH-119.

2. If an applicant tests at 140 in the English assessment, they will take COMM-140 in semester 1. If an applicant tests at 160, then they will be exempted from COMM-130 and COMM-140, and will take COMM-160 in semester 2.
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-111 Accounting Fundamentals 2 Progress Campus
BUSN-118 Canadian and International Business Fundamentals 2 Progress Campus
BUSN-123 Employment and Careers Progress Campus
COMM-140 Essential English Skills Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
MATH-119 Mathematics of Finance 1-E Progress Campus

Semester Note

1. Upon successful completion of ACCT-110 and ACCT-111 students will be eligible for a course equivalent towards ACCT-112 or ACCT-123 offered in most School of Business Diploma programs.

2. Upon successful completion of BUSN-117 and BUSN-118, students will be eligible for a course equivalent towards BUSN-119 (Fundamentals of Business) offered in most School of Business Diploma programs.

3. Successful completion of a GNED course will be eligible for a course equivalent towards a GNED (elective) course offered in the School of Business diploma programs.

4. COMP-106 is a required course in most of School of Business Diploma programs.

5. If an applicant tests at 140 in the English assessment, they will take COMM-140 in semester 1. If an applicant tests at 160, then they will be exempted from COMM-130 and COMM-140, and will take COMM-160 in semester 2.

Program Highlights

  • Because class sizes are small, you will receive more individualized attention.
  • A carefully measured pace to the Pre-Business program's delivery will be facilitated by supportive and experienced School of Business professors.
  • Learning experiences will focus on the fundamentals of Canadian business practices and standards.
  • Academic support is available in mathematics and English, which includes workshops at the Centre for Academic English, peer tutoring and MATH Learning Circles.
  • Completion of the Pre-Business certificate can help you earn up to five course credits towards required business courses in other School of Business programs, depending on achieved grade levels.

Articulation Agreements

Successful completion of the Pre-Business/Business Foundations program, with submission of a signed transfer application by Week 3 of Semester 2 guarantees students entry to the School of Business diploma or Advanced Diploma program of their choice. This agreement is subject to space and program availability.  

Career Outlook

  • Transfer to a Business diploma program
  • Transfer to an advanced diploma Business program
  • Preparation for a Business certificate program
  • Customer service representative
  • Business assistant
  • Service supervisor
  • Entrepreneur

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $1,086.00 $4,021.50
International $13,283.00 $2,369.00 $15,652.00