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Predegree Programmes: Understand Admissions into PDS, PD or Remedial Course


Before you obtain a predegree or remedial form of a school, it’s important you understand the basics of the course. You should learn about what is waiting for you after completing such a course.

This post takes you through basics of a PD, PDS, remedial, Pre-ND and Pre-NCE programmes in our universities, polytechnics, colleges of education.

What is Predegree?

In general term, predegree is a preliminary or pre-versity course an admission seeker undergoes before gaining a regular admission to his intended university.

This course is usually conducted by the same university that he seeks admission.

For short, predegree is also called PD (generally for all courses including arts, science and social science) or PDS (if courses are strictly for science students) or remedial (as being termed by some universities).

Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Case

In the case of a polytechnic or college of education, this preliminary course is not called predegree rather, it’s called pre-ND (polytechnic) and pre-NCE (college of education).

This is because, predegree gives you admission to the 100 level of your proposed degree (university) course, whereas Pre-ND and pre-NCE gives you admission to the ND 1 and NCE 100 level of your proposed course in the polytechnic and college of education respectively.

Predegree Admission Requirements (SSCE Grades)

To gain admission into any university’s predegree, Pre-ND, Pre-NCE programme, you must have at least 5 credit passes in your WAEC, NECO and NABTEB in not more than two sittings.

This is the SSCE requirements for admission into any course in Nigeria.

Whereas, in the case of any deficiencies in your SSCE result or if you’re about to write any of WAEC, NECO or NABTEB, you can still obtain a school’s predegree, pre-ND or Pre-NCE form using awaiting results.

By awaiting result, it means, you will obtain the form and work to obtain SSCE exams with hope of getting the required grades.

Generally, all schools allow students to obtain their forms with awaiting result.

After Pre-degree, pre-ND, Pre-NCE Course, What Next?

The pre course is expected to last for one year which is usually a two-semester study and usually completed in 6 to 9 months.

During this course, you will be groomed with regular lectures and tests will be conducted along way. At the end of the programme, you’ll write your final exams.

All these tests and exams will be the benchmarks upon which the school will decide if you will be given admission to the 100 level of your proposed course.

If you fail the test and exams, you end up being denied admission.

Passing UTME as a Perquisite to Admission

Another important factor that may deny you admission is if you fail your Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exams.

Making attempt to gain admission through predegree doesn’t exempt you from writing JAMB UTME. You must equally pass it – by scoring a mark the school requires. Some schools may require 200 for their predegree students (e.g Obafemi Awolowo University), some may consider 180 or less.

In general, universities will accept between 180 to 200 for PD or Remedial students. Polytechnics and colleges of education accept 100 to 150 and above

Your school will be opened as to the mark required for your UTME.


It’s common these days to see predegree as a short-cut to gain admission. But it’s not as simple you might have hope.

Take a predegree course as a way to leave home and get yourself ready for the work ahead in your course but not as a sure-way to admission. Hundreds of students had been eventually denied admissions for not taking the course serious.

Don’t be a victim. Remember, your name is written with pencil when you do predegree course, it may easily be erased.

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