Springboard to a DCS (Tremplin DEC Transition program)

Understanding Your Program

Springboard to a DCS – What is it anyway?

The Springboard to a DCS (Tremplin DEC) transition program admits all qualified applicants (see Admission Requirements) who want to take CEGEP credit courses in order to:

  • explore CEGEP studies;
  • complete prerequisites required for admission to a CEGEP or university program, including Science, Medical and Engineering programs;
  • upgrade their academic record to improve chances of admission or readmission to a CEGEP program;
  • upgrade language skills; or
  • complete a CEGEP program (please note that for Dawson DEC students, once they have completed all their courses, they will need to reapply to their original program in order to graduate – you cannot graduate from Springboard)

Applications to Springboard are accepted for Fall and Winter semesters

Admission Requirements

  • To be admissible to Springboard to a DCS (Tremplin DEC), students must have a Quebec Secondary School Diploma (DES) or equivalent

Courses that count in DEC/Day programs

  • General Education courses count in all DEC programs
    • General Education courses are college-level English, French, Humanities, Physical Education and Complementary courses
  • We offer many college-level Social Science and Science Concentration courses that can count in Social Science and Science DEC programs, or for University studies later
    • You can ask an Advisor if concentration courses will count in your program
  • If you pass these courses in Springboard, they will count toward the completion of your DEC. So you are already starting your program! You will not take these courses again!

Complete Math or Science Prerequisites in Springboard to a DCS

  • Remedial Activities for Secondary IV Mathematics 201-016-RE
    • Equivalent to Sec. 4 Mathematics: Technical-Scientific Option 564-426; Science Option 565-426; or Math 436
  • Remedial Activities for Secondary V Mathematics 201-015-RE
    • Equivalent to Sec. 5 Mathematics: Technical-Scientific Option 564-506; Science Option 565-506; or Math 536
  • Remedial Activities for Secondary IV Environmental Science and Technology 105-003-RE
    • Equivalent to Sec. 4 Science and Technology of the Environment 558-404; Science of the Environment 558-402; or Physical Science 436
  • Remedial Activities for Secondary V Chemistry 202-001-RE
    • Equivalent to Sec. 5 Chemistry 551-504 or Chemistry 534
  • Remedial Activities for Secondary V Physics 203-001-RE
    • Equivalent to Sec. 5 Physics 553-504 or Physics 534

IMPORTANT: As of July 1, 2024, students beginning a NEW DEC program are required to successfully complete five French courses following one of the two paths found below to graduate:

1) Students who hold the Certificate of Eligibility for English Instruction are required to complete five French courses as part of their program. At least two of those courses will be French Second Language courses. The remaining three courses may be courses of French or courses in French depending on the French level placement obtained. These students must also successfully pass the English Exit Exam (EEE) to graduate.

2) Students who do not hold a Certificate of Eligibility for English Instruction (COE) are required to successfully complete five French courses and must pass the French Exit Exam to graduate from a DEC program.
To prepare for the French Exit Exam, students must complete three French literature courses. The remaining two French courses will be part of your program. Depending on placement level, students may also be required to complete additional preparatory French courses before taking the required French literature courses.

Placement information can be found at: https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/registrar/english-french-placement-tests/

If you are in the 08125, 08128, 08040 or 08072 programs and are intending to apply to a DEC program either in the Day or Evening division, you MUST have a valid French placement result to be eligible to register for your first French course. Students who place at a lower level, can take additional remedial courses through the Springboard to a DCS program (081.25/28) to attain this level.

More detailed information can be found within the FRENCH section in the Continuing Education Timetable.

Student Status

  • Students may register in Springboard to a DCS (Tremplin DEC) for a maximum of three (3) consecutive semesters.  After three consecutive semesters, students may remain in Continuing Education but must be admitted to a different program of studies. Students registered in Springboard to a DCS (Tremplin DEC) can be either part-time or full-time
    • Note: Full-time status cannot be guaranteed
  • Students expelled and denied permission to register in any DEC or AEC program must improve their academic record to return to studies in any DEC or the same AEC program. Students can improve their academic record by taking part-time courses through the Springboard to a DCS (Tremplin DEC) program offered in Continuing Education



Last Modified: July 4, 2024