Credit Courses

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)

Canada’s senior high school system is four years, from grade 9 to grade 12 (junior third grade to senior third grade in China). It implements the credit system. Completing the high school curriculum needs 30 credits to graduate. Canada does not have a unified entrance examination or a college entrance examination. The application for universities is based on the achievements of grade 12 in high school.

Basic Requirements for Obtaining OSSD Diploma in Ontario Senior High School
  • – 30 credits in Senior High School
  • – Including 18 compulsory credits and 12 elective credits
  • – Six of them must be credits for Grade 12 courses.
  • – Passing the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT)
  • – Complete 40-hour community service
Secondary School Literacy Graduation Requirement

Students must pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test, which is administered annually in March. Passing the test is a requirement of the OSSD. Students who do not pass may take the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC). The school principal has the discretion to allow a student to enrol in the OSSLC before he or she has had a second opportunity to take the OSSLT, if the principal determines that it is in the best educational interests of the student. Students who pass the course are considered to have met the literacy graduation requirement. The result is recorded on the student transcript. In the case of accommodations, special provisions, deferrals and exemptions, the principal will contact the EQAO directly to apply for them if the need arises.

Academic Credits

  • The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course (OSSLC) may be used to meet either the Grade 11 or the Grade 12 English compulsory credit
  • The Grade 11 Contemporary Aboriginal Voices course may be used to meet the Grade 11 English compulsory credit
  • For English language learners the requirement may be met through earning a maximum of 3 credits in English as a second language (ESL) or English literacy development (ELD); the fourth credit must be a Grade 12 compulsory English

All students are required to receive at least 3 credits in mathematic courses in order to receive their diploma 

The Grade 9 Expressing Aboriginal Cultures course may be used to meet the compulsory credit requirement in the arts.

This course examines interrelationships within and between Canada’s natural and human systems and how these systems interconnect with those in other parts of the world. Students will explore environmental, economic, and social geographic issues relating to topics such as transportation options, energy choices, and urban development. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including spatial technologies, to investigate various geographic issues and to develop possible approaches for making Canada a more sustainable place in which to live.

All students are required  to receive at least 1 credit in a Canadian history course in order to receive their diploma 

Students who have taken Native languages in place of French as a second language in elementary school may use a Level 1 or 2 Native language course to meet the compulsory credit requirement for French as a second

Healthy, safe, and caring social and physical environments support learning and contribute to the positive cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development of students.

0.5 credit in civics
0.5 credit in careers

Group 1: English (including the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course), French as a second language, classical languages, international languages, Native languages, Canadian and world studies, Native studies, social sciences and humanities, guidance and career education, cooperative education

Group 2: French as a second language, the arts, business studies, health and physical education, cooperative education

Group 3: French as a second language, science (Grade 11 or 12), computer studies, technological education, cooperative education

Note: The following conditions apply to selections from the above three groups:
A maximum of 2 credits in French as a second language may count as additional compulsory credits, 1 credit from Group 1, and 1 credit from either Group 2 or Group
A maximum of 2 credits in cooperative education may count as additional compulsory credits, selected from any of Groups 1, 2, or

High School Credit Courses

Grade 9

Academic Course

Optional Course 

Course 

Course code

 

Credit 

Course 

Course code

 

Credit 

English ENG1D 1

Business

 

BBI1O 1
Science SNC1D 1

Visual Arts

 

AVI1O 1
Math MPM1D 1

Integrated Arts

 

ADA1O 1
Geography CGC1D 1

Grade 10

Academic Course 

Optional Course 

Course 

Course code

Credit

Course

Course code

Credit 

English ENG2D 1 Introduction to Computer Studies ICS2O 1
Science SNC2D 1 Introduction to Business BBI2O 1
Math MPM2D 1
Canadian History CHC2D 1
Civics CHV2O 0.5
Career GLC20 0.5
French FSF2D

Grade 11

Academic Course

Optional Course

Course

Course code

Credit

Course

Course code

Credit

English ENG3U 1 Financial Accounting Fundamentals

 

BAF3M 1
Functions MCR3U 1 Introduction to Anthropology HSP3M 1
Chemistry SCH3U 1 Introduction to Computer Science ICS3U 1
Physics SPH3U 1
Biology SBI3U 1
Core French FSF3U 1

Grade 12

Academic Course

Optional Course

Course

Course code

Credit 

Course

Course code

Credit 

English ENG4U 1 World History CHY4U 1
Advanced Function MHF4U 1 Business BBB4M 1
Chemistry SCH4U 1 Data Management MDM4U
Physics SPH4U 1
Biology SBI4U 1
Calculus MCV4M 1

University Preparation Courses

High school course selection for University Recommended academic course Optional Course
Business G12 English (ENG4U)

G12 Advanced Function (MHF4U)

G12 Calculus (MCV4U)

International business (BBB4M)

Principle of financial accounting (BAT4M)

Data management (MDM4U)

Engineering G12 English (ENG4U)

G12 Advanced Function (MHF4U)

G12 Calculus (MCV4U)

G12 Physics (SPH4U)

G12 Chemistry (SCH4U)

Computer science (ICS4U)
Science G12 English (ENG4U)

G12 Advanced Function (MHF4U)

G12 Calculus (MCV4U)

G12 Physics (SPH4U)

G12 Chemistry (SCH4U)

G12 Biology (SBI4U)

Computer science (ICS4U)
Social\Humanities\Economics G12 English (ENG4U)

G12 Calculus (MCV4U)

– Economics focused

Philosophy (HZT4U)

Social Study (HSB4U)

World history (CHY4U)

G12 Advanced Function (MHF4U)

Data management (MDM4U)

Art G12 English (ENG4U) Philosophy (HZT4U)

Social Study (HSB4U)

World history (CHY4U)

G12 Advanced Function (MHF4U)

Data management (MDM4U)

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