Pre-Degree

Background

With the introduction of the course unit system in Nigerian Universities in the 1977/78 Session the Concessional Entrance Examination was abolished in 1978 and admission to Universities became centralized through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Well over one million applicants seek admission every year into universities which now have a combined capacity of about 250,000. The competition is quite stiff and good preparation will result in better performance by the students. This background establishes the need for a Pre-Degree Programme in the arts and the sciences that would serve as a platform to equip prospective students for university admission, give them a good head-start and promote superior studentship in the university.

Programme Philosophy

In accordance with the vision and objectives of the University, it is believed that the Pre-Degree Programme will promote individual self-development and remedy the deficiencies carried over from the secondary school in the ability to speak, read and write and to receive instruction in order to successfully undertake a university programme.

Programme Structure

The Pre-Degree Programme is an intensive coaching curriculum to prepare high school graduates for university work. The courses of study which are those of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) subjects include English Language which is compulsory for all students, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Economics, Geography, Government, English Literature and Religious Studies. Students are required to choose three subjects in addition to English. The curriculum is structured into two contact periods each of 18 weeks with four contact hours per week for each subject. There is a three-week break between the first and second contact periods and one week of examination at the end each contact period.

Programme Description

The programme is an intensive coaching curriculum aims at ensuring adequate exposure to fundamentals of concepts and preparation of eligible students for University admission and a good head-start for University work. The courses of study which are those of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) subjects include English Language which is compulsory for all students, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Economics, Geography, Government, English Literature and Religious Studies. Students are required to choose three subjects in addition to English.

An overall score of 60% and above in the examinations and continuous assessment (comprising regular tests, assignments and the end of Contact period examination) is required to be qualified for consideration for admission into Year 1 of the relevant degree programmes of the University. Admission is based strictly on merit and entry requirements and in proportion to the admission quota of the University for the various Faculties.

It is worthy of note that the programme promotes individual self-development and remedies the deficiencies carried over from the secondary school in the ability to speak, read and write and to receive instruction in order to successfully undertake a University programme.

Students are admitted into the Pre-Degree Programme under the following broad options and subject combinations:

                             ARTS

GOVERNMENT - LIT IN ENGLISH - RELIGIOUS STUDIES

This course domain and subject combination is for students that is looking forward to studying any of the Arts or Education courses on our academic menu.

                MANAGEMENT

       ECONOMICS - GOVERNMENT - MATHEMATICS

This course domain and subject combination is for students that is looking forward to studying any of the Social or Management Science courses on our academic menu.

                          SCIENCE

                     BIOLOGY - CHEMISTRY - PHYSICS

This course domain and subject combination is for students that is looking forward to studying any of the Technical or Science courses on our academic menu.

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