Admissions

Kinesiology (BSc)

Secondary school requirements

Although secondary school prerequisites are not required to apply for admission to the Kinesiology program, many of the courses required in the program have secondary school prerequisites. At a minimum, you should have completed Chemistry 11 and Pre-Calculus 11 or Principles of Mathematics 11. It is, however, recommended that you have completed Biology 12, Chemistry 11, Chemistry 12, Pre-Calculus 12 and Physics 12 (NB, if you haven't completed these courses you will most likely need to take additional courses at UVic).

If you are are interested in the Kinesiology program you should apply for admission to UVic and either the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science. Each of these faculties has different secondary school admission prerequisites. You can view the Year 1 Faculty admission prerequisites for BC secondary school students in the University Calendar.

If you are interested in the Kinesiology program the Faculty of Science or the Faculty of Social Sciences are good choices of admission faculty. Your admission faculty, however, does not affect your chances of entering the Kinesiology program.

The courses that you take in your first year at UVic should be related to the Kinesiology program, so you aren't wasting any time. The advantage of a second-year entry program is that it makes it easier to change direction if your interests change.

You need to apply for admission to the Kinesiology program by January 31 of your first year and if your application is successful you will be formally admitted to the program in September of that year.

Admission prerequisites

You apply for entry to the Kinesiology program when you have completed or have in progress at least 12 units of university-level courses, including:

  • a minimum of 6 units of science (from BIOL, CHEM, MATH, PHYS, STAT 255, EPHE 141, 241, 242)
  • 3 units of English: ENGL 135 or ENGR 110 and one of ENGL 146, ENGL 147,  ENGL 225 or ENGR 120
  • EPHE 143
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 5.0 on the most recent session on the UVic 9.0 scale. For students currently registered in less than 12 units, the GPA will be determined by using a combination of the GPA achieved in the current session and the GPA from the previous session applied to the number of units required to reach 12 units. Achieving the minimum GPA for the program does not ensure acceptance.

A maximum of 60 students each year are admitted into the BSc Kinesiology program - regardless of whether or not a student applicant chooses to participate in co-operative education. All BSc Kinesiology program students who are admitted and who choose to request co-op are welcomed into the co-op program.

The application deadline is January 31 for entry in September of the same year. All requirements for admission must be completed by April 30, and in the case of transfer applicants, documented with UVic by May 31.

Applicants are normally notified of admission decisions by email in late May or early June.

If your application for admission to the Kinesiology program is unsuccessful you can continue to take courses related to the program and apply again in a subsequent application round.

English requirement

All students in the Kinesiology program must complete ENGL 135 or ENGR 110 and one of ENGL 146, ENGL 147,  ENGL 225 or ENGR 120.

The requirement to complete 3.0 units of English in the Recreation and Health Education program is separate from the UVic Academic Writing Requirement (AWR).

Most students in the Recreation and Health Education program meet the UVic academic writing requirement with one of the ENGL courses that they take as part of the Recreation and Health Education program.

Students may also meet the UVic academic writing requirement by obtaining a score of at least 86% on the B.C. English 12 Provincial Examination or English 12 First Peoples Provincial Examination or who obtain a final grade of at least 86% in an approved English 12 equivalent course from other Canadian provinces within the three years immediately prior to admission to UVic. If you meet the UVic academic writing requirement by one of these means you must still complete ENGL 135 or ENGR 110 and one of ENGL 146, ENGL 147,  ENGL 225 or ENGR 120.

An AWR-designated 10L (i.e., 100 level) 1.5 unit transfer credit will be accepted in lieu of 1.5 units of English required for application to, and as part of, the Kinesiology program.

GPA calculation

Kinesiology program admission decisions are made based on GPA (i.e., grades).

Eligible applicants who have fulfilled the admission requirements (NB, Kinesiology co-op program applicants must also participate in an interview) are offered a place in the program in order from highest GPA to lowest GPA, until the quota for the program is filled (NB, the current quota is 60).

Achieving the minimum GPA needed for applying to the BSc (Kinesiology program) does not ensure acceptance into the program.

The GPA used for Kinesiology program admission decisions is based on your most recent session of university or college study and must consist of a minimum of 12 units.

If you are currently registered in 12 or more units the GPA that you achieve upon completion of this session will be used to determine your GPA.

If you are registered in less than 12 units in the current session, the GPA will be determined by using a combination of the GPA from the current session and the GPA from all of the courses in your previous session applied to the number of units required to reach the 12 units.

Visit the Office of the Registrar webpage for an explanation of how GPAs are calculated at UVic.

Interviews

All eligible Kinesiology co-op program applicants must participate in an application interview. Kinesiology major applicants do not attend an interview.

Application interviews are held in late March or early April.

Application interviews are intended to provide you with information about the Kinesiology co-op program, as well as answer any questions you might have about the program.

The application interviews are not used to make admission decisions.

Application interview sign-up information will be sent to you by email.

Indigenous applicants

The University of Victoria's Faculty of Education reserves 5% of the positions in all of the faculty's programs for Indigenous applicants who meet the Faculty of Education's minimum program entrance requirements and Indigenous application requirements. This provision also applies to programs offered by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.

If you wish to apply to the Kinesiology program on the grounds of your aboriginal status you should apply online and self-identify when prompted.

Transfer students

If you are interested in transferring to the Kinesiology program from another recognized institution or who have completed other recognized tertiary studies you need to apply for admission using the standard UVic procedures (i.e., both admission to UVic and Kinesiology program). The grades for transfer courses being used to meet Kinesiology program application prerequisites must be documented with UVic by May 31.

As part of the admission process a transfer credit evaluation of your previous studies will be undertaken (NB, you will receive a formal statement of this transfer credit evaluation) and this will give you a better idea of what courses you will need to take in order to maximize your chances of being accepted into the Recreation and Health Education program, as well as what courses you will need to take as part of the program (i.e., It will identify the courses that you have already completed that can be used for credit in your new program).

Sometimes students lodge an application for admission to UVic to determine what transfer credits they will receive and then make a decision about whether they will continue with their program application based on those transfer credits.

If you are transferring from a university or college in British Columbia you can look-up your potential transfer credits using the BC Transfer Guide

Occasionally, transfer students are able to manage application to UVic and application for admission to the Kinesiology in one step. If this is not possible you can take many courses related to a Recreation and Health Education program without being formally in the program. You should note, however, that the longer it takes you to gain admission to the Recreation and Health Education program the more difficult it becomes to take courses (i.e., particularly EPHE courses) related to the degree because many upper-level EPHE courses are restricted to students in the program or registration priority is given to students in the program, which means that you cannot access them or they may have filled-up before you get a chance to register in them.

Up to 30 units of a 60 unit degree (i.e., half of a degree) can be completed through approved transfer credits (i.e., courses that are deemed to be equivalent to a UVic course but offered elsewhere). There are also restrictions on the number of upper-level courses (i.e., 300-400 level) that must be completed at UVic (i.e., 18.0 units of the required 21.0 upper-level units must be taken at UVic). Course substitutions are not possible.

Visiting Canadian students

If you wish to register in an EPHE course as a visiting student you must complete an application for admission to UVic and provide a letter of permission or equivalent from your home institution, transcripts, and evidence of English competency. Visit the Admissions Office webpage for more information and to begin the application process.

Although your home institution may provide you with a letter of permission relating to courses offered by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE), not all EPHE courses are open to visiting students.

Incoming international exchange students

If you are an international exchange student coming to UVic you are welcome to register in courses offered by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE) that are not reserved solely for EPHE students and for which you have the required prerequisites.

EPHE courses have four types of restrictions:

  1. Prerequisite-based, in which you must have completed another course or courses to be able to register for a course.
  2. Time-based, in which a course is reserved for EPHE students until a specific date, after which registration opens to other students.
  3. Level-based, in which a course is reserved for students who have completed a specified number of units.
  4. Program-based, in which a course is reserved for students who have been admitted to a program in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (i.e., these courses can't be taken even if there are space available).

If you believe that you are eligible to register in an EPHE course based on courses you have completed at your home institution but are blocked by a prerequisite or year level restriction you can apply for a course registration waiver. To submit a waiver request you need you to complete an EPHE Waiver form. Your request is more likely to be granted if you include supporting documentation (e.g., proof that you have completed or are registered in a course prerequisite at another university or college). EPHE waiver forms should be returned in person to the EPHE office (i.e., McKinnon Building, Room 120) or by email to the .

You can identify the restrictions associated with EPHE courses by reviewing the comments associated with each course in the timetable and the University Calendar or the EPHE course schedule (see the "Program details" section ).

You should contact the International Office for information about coming to UVic as an exchange student.

Ready to apply

My UVic application is where you to go to apply for admission to the Kinesiology program if you are:

When applying for admission to UVic you will be asked to indicate your "program area." If your intention is to apply for admission to the Kinesiology program in the future, the correct program area is “Pre-Education,” which means that you intend to apply for admission to a program offered in the Faculty of Education at a later point in time (NB, the Kinesiology program is administratively located in the Faculty of Education). Alternatively, you can indicate your program area as “Undeclared,” which means that you haven't decided on your major area of study.

Physical education teaching (BA or BSc)

students intending on becoming a PE teacher will complete an undergraduate degree program that includes a PE concentration of EPHE courses before entering the secondary post-degree professional program (PDPP) - Diploma or Bachelor of Education.

Students may complete these courses while doing the BA in Recreation and Health Education, the BSc in Kinesiology, or another undergraduate degree from an accredited university.

Recreation and Health Education (BA)

Secondary school requirements

The Recreation and Health Education program is a second-year entry program. You cannot apply for admission to the Recreation and Health Education program directly from secondary school.

If you are are interested in the Recreation and Health Education program you should apply for admission to UVic and either the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Faculty of Science. Each of these faculties has different secondary school admission prerequisites. You can view the Year 1 Faculty admission prerequisites for BC secondary school students in the University Calendar.

If you are interested in the Recreation and Health Education program the Faculty of Social Sciences is a good choice of admission faculty. Your admission faculty, however, does not affect your chances of entering the Recreation and Health Education program.

The courses that you take in your first year at UVic should be related to the Recreation and Health Education program, so you aren't wasting any time. The advantage of a second-year entry program is that it makes it easier to change direction if your interests change.

You need to apply for admission to the Recreation and Health Education program by January 31 of your first year and if your application is successful you will be formally admitted to the program in September of that year.

Admission prerequisites

You apply for entry to the Recreation and Health Education program when you have completed or have in progress at least 12 units of university-level courses, including:

  • 3.0 units of English (ENGL 135 and one of 146 or 147);
  • EPHE 143; and
  • a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 (on a 9-point scale) on the most recent session. For students currently registered in less than 12 units, the GPA will be determined by using a combination of the GPA achieved in the current session and the GPA from the previous session applied to the number of units required to reach 12 units. Achieving the minimum GPA for the program does not ensure acceptance.

A maximum of 30 students each year are admitted into the BA, Recreation and Health Education program - successful applicants will be required to participate in co-operative education.

The application deadline is January 31 for entry in September of the same year. All requirements for admission must be completed by April 30, and in the case of transfer applicants, documented with UVic by May 31.

Applicants are normally notified of admission decisions by email in late May or early June.

If your application for admission to the  Recreation and Health Education program is unsuccessful you can continue to take courses related to the program and apply again in a subsequent application round.

English requirement

All students in the Recreation and Health Education program must complete ENGL 135 and one of ENGL 146 or ENGL 147.

The requirement to complete 3.0 units of English in the Recreation and Health Education program is separate from the UVic Academic Writing Requirement (AWR).

Most students in the Recreation and Health Education program meet the UVic academic writing requirement with one of the ENGL courses that they take as part of the Recreation and Health Education program.

Students may also meet the UVic academic writing requirement by obtaining a score of at least 86% on the B.C. English 12 Provincial Examination or English 12 First Peoples Provincial Examination or who obtain a final grade of at least 86% in an approved English 12 equivalent course from other Canadian provinces within the three years immediately prior to admission to UVic. If you meet the UVic academic writing requirement by one of these means you must still complete ENGL 135 and one of ENGL 146 or ENGL 147.

An AWR-designated 10L (i.e., 100 level) 1.5 unit transfer credit will be accepted in lieu of 1.5 units of English required for application to, and as part of, the Recreation and Health Education program.

GPA calculation

Recreation and Health Education program admission decisions are made based on GPA (i.e., grades).

Eligible applicants who have fulfilled the admission requirements and participated in an interview are offered a place in the program in order from highest GPA to lowest GPA, until the quota for the program is filled (NB, the current quota is 30).

Achieving the minimum GPA needed for applying to the Recreation and Health Education program does not ensure acceptance into the program.

The GPA used for Recreation and Health Education program admission decisions is based on your most recent session of university or college study and must consist of a minimum of 12 units.

If you are currently registered in 12 or more units the GPA that you achieve upon completion of this session will be used to determine your GPA.

If you are registered in less than 12 units in the current session, the GPA will be determined by using a combination of the GPA from the current session and the GPA from all of the courses in your previous session applied to the number of units required to reach the 12 units.

Visit the Office of the Registrar webpage for an explanation of how GPAs are calculated at UVic.

Interviews

All eligible Recreation and Health Education program applicants must participate in an application interview.

Application interviews are held in late March or early April.

Application interviews are intended to provide you with information about the Recreation and Health Education program, as well as answer any questions you might have about the program.

The application interviews are not used to make admission decisions.

Application interview sign-up information will be sent to you by email.

Indigenous applicants

The University of Victoria's Faculty of Education reserves 5% of the positions in all of the faculty's programs for Indigenous applicants who meet the Faculty of Education's minimum program entrance requirements and Indigenous application requirements. This provision also applies to programs offered by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education.

If you wish to apply to the Recreation and Health Education program on the grounds of your aboriginal status you should apply online and self-identify when prompted.

Transfer students

If you are interested in transferring to the Recreation and Health Education program from another recognized institution or who have completed other recognized tertiary studies you need to apply for admission using the standard UVic procedures (i.e., both admission to UVic and Recreation and Health Education program). The grades for transfer courses being used to meet Recreation and Health Education program application prerequisites must be documented with UVic by May 31.

As part of the admission process a transfer credit evaluation of your previous studies will be undertaken (NB, you will receive a formal statement of this transfer credit evaluation) and this will give you a better idea of what courses you will need to take in order to maximize your chances of being accepted into the Recreation and Health Education program, as well as what courses you will need to take as part of the program (i.e., It will identify the courses that you have already completed that can be used for credit in your new program).

Sometimes students lodge an application for admission to UVic to determine what transfer credits they will receive and then make a decision about whether they will continue with their program application based on those transfer credits.

If you are transferring from a university or college in British Columbia you can look-up your potential transfer credits using the BC Transfer Guide

Occasionally, transfer students are able to manage application to UVic and application for admission to the Recreation and Health Education program in one step. If this is not possible you can take many courses related to a Recreation and Health Education program without being formally in the program. You should note, however, that the longer it takes you to gain admission to the Recreation and Health Education program the more difficult it becomes to take courses (i.e., particularly EPHE courses) related to the degree because many upper-level EPHE courses are restricted to students in the program or registration priority is given to students in the program, which means that you cannot access them or they may have filled-up before you get a chance to register in them.

Up to 30 units of a 60 unit degree (i.e., half of a degree) can be completed through approved transfer credits (i.e., courses that are deemed to be equivalent to a UVic course but offered elsewhere). There are also restrictions on the number of upper-level courses (i.e., 300-400 level) that must be completed at UVic (i.e., 18.0 units of the required 21.0 upper-level units must be taken at UVic). Course substitutions are not possible.

Visiting Canadian students

If you wish to register in an EPHE course as a visiting student you must complete an application for admission to UVic and provide a letter of permission or equivalent from your home institution, transcripts, and evidence of English competency. Visit the Admissions Office webpage for more information and to begin the application process.

Although your home institution may provide you with a letter of permission relating to courses offered by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE), not all EPHE courses are open to visiting students.

Incoming international exchange students

If you are an international exchange student coming to UVic you are welcome to register in courses offered by the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (EPHE) that are not reserved solely for EPHE students and for which you have the required prerequisites.

EPHE courses have four types of restrictions:

  1. Prerequisite-based, in which you must have completed another course or courses to be able to register for a course.
  2. Time-based, in which a course is reserved for EPHE students until a specific date, after which registration opens to other students.
  3. Level-based, in which a course is reserved for students who have completed a specified number of units.
  4. Program-based, in which a course is reserved for students who have been admitted to a program in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education (i.e., these courses can't be taken even if there are space available).

If you believe that you are eligible to register in an EPHE course based on courses you have completed at your home institution but are blocked by a prerequisite or year level restriction you can apply for a course registration waiver. To submit a waiver request you need you to complete an EPHE Waiver form. Your request is more likely to be granted if you include supporting documentation (e.g., proof that you have completed or are registered in a course prerequisite at another university or college). EPHE waiver forms should be returned in person to the EPHE office (i.e., McKinnon Building, Room 120) or by email to the .

You can identify the restrictions associated with EPHE courses by reviewing the comments associated with each course in the timetable and the University Calendar or the EPHE course schedule (see the "Program details" section ).

You should contact the International Office for information about coming to UVic as an exchange student.

Ready to apply

My UVic application is where you to go to apply for admission to the Recreation and Health Education program if you are:

When applying for admission to UVic you will be asked to indicate your "program area." If your intention is to apply for admission to the Recreation and Health Education program in the future, the correct program area is “Pre-Education,” which means that you intend to apply for admission to a program offered in the Faculty of Education at a later point in time (NB, the Recreation and Health Education program is administratively located in the Faculty of Education). Alternatively, you can indicate your program area as “Undeclared,” which means that you haven't decided on your major area of study.