SSCE Results: 5 Credits Needed, Combinations, Where D7, E8 or F9 Accepted -

SSCE Results: 5 Credits Needed, Combinations, Where D7, E8 or F9 Accepted


You're on the right page if you want to know the WAEC compulsory subjects, NECO compulsory subjects, NABTEB compulsory subjects - be it for science, art, or commercial students. You will learn more about using these results to gain admissions.

To gain admission to any higher institution in Nigeria, aspirants must know the 5 or more subjects to pass in their O'levels. They need to know what grades they must possess in their subjects from any of these exams if they will be considered for admission. They equally must know if their proposed courses require two sittings or just one.


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Knowing this will help you from the beginning in your chase for admission into a university, polytechnic, college of education, or innovation enterprise institution (IEI).

You can see how the dumbest students are gaining admission by knowing the right O'level grades to have while we have the smartest students still struggling.

This post is meant to guide you on what to know about your O’level grades before you can apply for admission to any school.

What is an SSCE or O'level Result?

First, note that SSCE and O’level results mean the same. O’level means ordinary level while SSCE means senior schools' secondary certificate examination. They’re often used interchangeably.

By SSCE result, it means the result you possess from WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or NBAIS - either external (GCE) or internal (May/June or June/July).

These are results recognized for admissions into any school in Nigeria. WAEC and NECO are equally acceptable at foreign schools.

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Subjects to Write for Your Proposed Course While Seeking Admission

In fact, except for the proper guidance, students face this dilemma at senior secondary schools. They don’t know what subjects to write for their proposed courses in higher institutions.

Ok. In general, students are required to prepare for 8 or 9 subjects in senior classes. They’re expected to write these subjects in their final exams.

But do you need all the 9 subjects for your proposed course? Of course, no. You don’t.

You only need 5 or 6 of those. However, you may not be allowed to write just the needed subjects. If you must write less, maybe 7 at least.

Kindly read WAEC, NECO, and NABTEB Compulsory Subjects for a guide on the 5 to 6 subjects you will need to pass well in order to study a proposed course at the university. 

Below is a quick reference to the general rules and similar guides.

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General Rules for SSCE Result Requirements for Admission 

  1. If you propose Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Botany, Medical Laboratory Science, Science Laboratory Technology (SLT), Medical rehab, and other medical science or pure science courses, you will need at least credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (i.e. C6, C5, C4, B3, B2 or A1).
  2. If you propose Agriculture related courses you will need at least credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Biology/Agric Science, Chemistry, and Physics
  3. If you propose Engineering, Technology, and computer-related course, you will need at least credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, or any other science subject.
  4. If you propose Management and social science courses like Economics, Accounting, Business Admin, Marketing, etc., you will need at least credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Economics, and two other social science subjects like Account, Commerce, Geography, etc.
  5. If you propose an Art course such as philosophy, Linguistics, English and Literature in English, Political Science, etc., you will need at least credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Literature, Government, and one other art/social science subject like Yoruba/Igbo/Hausa, Civic Education, Economics, etc.
  6. If you propose an Education course, you will need at least credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, and three other related science, art, or social science subjects.

Kindly, check the JAMB brochure to see the right SSCE subject combination for your proposed course.

Note also,

  1. Courses like Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and other medical science courses require you to produce the 5 related subjects in just one sitting. This is what most schools accept.
  2. Other courses, generally accept two sittings at maximum.

The Exception to 5 Credit Passes in One or Two Sittings

  1. Some Art courses like Law, Philosophy, etc. and Education courses may not compulsory a credit pass in Mathematics. Some schools accept at least a pass (D7 or E8) in it. You must check for such schools and courses in the JAMB brochure before making your choice in UTME.
  2. The Nigerian Police Academy usually requires at least 6 credit passes in not more than two sittings for all her courses. Though this may change at any time in the future. See the school’s admission advert for such an update.
  3. Where some schools accept two sittings, they instead demand 6 credit passes at least. The University of Ibadan is one such university. Don’t forget your best guide in this situation is the JAMB brochure.
  4. If you’re seeking admission into pre-degree, pre-ND, or pre-NCE programmes, you may be offered admission even if your O’level is not ready i.e. you can use awaiting results, or you may be given admission even with one or two deficiencies. However, you still have to produce a complete result before the end of your course.
  5. You can equally use a WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, or GCE awaiting result (AR) for your UTME application if you’re certain you’ll produce the five or six related subjects before the admission exercise of your proposed school starts.
  6. If a school, by any means, gives a student admission without related grades in SSCE, such a student may not be awarded his certificate until he/she is able to provide the right result/grades.  This is one of the reasons most students already in school will still rewrite SSCE. Though this is a rare case.
  7. Some schools and certain courses require only one sitting in the SSCE. The University of Ibadan for Medicine and the likes consider one sitting. The university, for Law, requires five (5) O'level credit passes at one sitting or six (6) O'level credit passes at two (2) sittings to include English Language, Literature in English, and any other subjects from Arts, Social Sciences, or Sciences.

Schools and Courses that Accept D7, E8, or F9 for Some SSCE Subjects

As earlier mentioned, some schools/courses may accept another subject in lieu (in place) of others. Such schools, for certain courses, may accept ordinary passes (D7 or E8) in certain subjects. Some only consider you for attempting the subject even if you have an F9 in it.

The links below will take you to such schools and their conditions:

  1. Universities and Courses that Accept D7, E8, or F9 in Chemistry for Admission
  2. Universities and Courses that Accept D7, E8, or F9 in Biology for Admission 
  3. Universities and Courses that Accept D7, E8, or F9 in Physics for Admission

Combination of WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB, or NBAIS for Admissions

Let's see how possible it is to combine any of the mentioned SSCE results.

Since most universities, polytechnics, and colleges accept two sittings for their courses, that means they do accept combined results. Therefore, your combination can take three forms:

  1. Combining the same type of results e.g. WAEC/NECO/NABTEB May/June of a year with WAEC/NECO/NABTEB May/June of another year. Also, WAEC/NECO/NABTEB Nov/Dec. of one year with WAEC/NECO/NABTEB Nov/Dec. of another year.
  2. Combining the same Exam bodies but not the same type e.g. WAEC May/June of any year with WAEC Nov/Dec of the same year or another year.
  3. Combining different exam bodies e.g. WAEC May/June or WAEC GCE with NECO June/July or NECO GCE.

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  1. You can't combine results for courses like Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy IN MOST UNIVERSITIES. Some schools don't allow the combination of results for generally all their faculty of clinical and medical sciences. And where one accepts such, you stand a narrow chance with two sittings.
  2. Most schools (especially schools of Nursing) don't allow the combination of NECO/WAEC with NABTEB. i.e. you may not be able to combine NECO plus NABTEB or WAEC plus NABTEB. You must do some findings from your proposed school to know if they do or don't allow this combination before selecting them. This should be stated in their adverts.
  3. In all cases, schools allow the combination of NECO and WAEC


The game of seeking admission is simple but only for those who have the right information and use it well.

Now that you know subjects you need to study hard for in your O’level exams, you shouldn’t waste your time on irrelevant subjects. Concentrate on the subjects that matter most.

Where in confusion, contact your school’s counselor or JAMB brochure (that is your best bet).

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  1. Please when is the date for Oghara spat

  2. Replies
    1. Please sir if I didn't pass my trade subject can I still study law

    2. Yes, you can do Law without trade subjects

  3. Can i use ssce NECO result i wrote 8 subjects

    1. Yes, you can. All you needs five required subjects for your proposed course when seeking admission.

    2. Pls I have e8 in literature and govt, I want to study mass common should I rewrite?.

  4. Please sir I need your help on my o level results

    1. State your issue. Let's see if it what I can help you with.

  5. Hi sir please what can I study in University with this below result:

    Maths B3
    English B3
    Economics B3
    Geography F9
    Chemistry C5
    Agric C6
    Biology C5
    Yoruba F9

    1. Read the post below.

  6. What course can I study with this result
    Maths c4
    English c4
    Lit d7
    Igbo d7
    Gov c6
    Civic c6
    Bio c4
    Ani hus c4
    CRS c4

    1. Pls check the official JAMB brochure. Use the link below.

    2. Good evening sir,I'm totally confused sir,my last resuit.commerce B3.CRK..A1
      Economics ..D7.Government C4.. lte..E8.enghish language C6..mathematics E8.agricultural science C6 biology E8.. pls can I use this result to study outside like Lithuania

  7. I didn't do well in neco.what can I study with this result
    Mathematics d7
    English c5
    Biology c5
    Physics c5
    Chemistry c6
    Data processing A1
    I.R.S B3
    Civic education b3
    Economics d7

    1. Read the post below.

  8. Good day sir....
    Sir can I gain admission to study law with my weac result πŸ‘‡
    English B3
    Mathematic B2
    Literature in English B3
    Civic education B2
    Igbo B3
    Marketing D7
    Government outstanding
    CRS C5
    EconomICS C5

  9. Hi sir I have 8 credit and d7 in English in my waec,I wrote waec GCE and I have credit in English and fail the rest,can I combine it

  10. Sir I only wrote 8 subject in my GCE,nd I want to study medicine nd surgery,I credited the 8 subject but I don't know if I will b able to gain admission with d 8 subject

    1. You only need five subjects not even 8. Just English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

  11. any hope for this result pls? Even if it is poly.COMMERCE F9

    1. Under normal circumstances, you will need at 1 more credit with this result before it can be widely accepted. However, if you can try business education, accounting education or the likes in colleges of education, they will be considerate.

  12. math c3,eng c6,ecoc3,government b2 and civic edu d7 which is not a core course subject,i was told thatr result like this are accepted in nassarawa true is it?pls i need hope

    1. I don't of Nasarawa Poly precisely. With this result plus a credit in any other subject, schools should, especially polytechnics and colleges of education should accept it.

  13. Can I enter university with is grade
    Marketing e8
    Christ religious knowledge e8
    Biology c5
    Economic c6
    English c4
    Civic education e8
    Mathematics b3
    Government d7
    English literature c6
    Can I get admission to study law in university

    1. For almost all courses, you need 5 subjects that relate to the course you're proposing.

    2. What if mass communication

    3. Five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language and four (4) other subjects in Arts or Social Sciences.

  14. Good evening sir, I got Igbo F9 and English D7 on weac. Can neco cover up for me in both to study my choice Course if do better in neco.

  15. The following are my Waec result: MathsA1,EnglishB2, EconsB3, GovtB2, MarketingB3, Civic educationB3. What can I use to study in University

  16. What course can i study with this result math b2 English b3 crs b3 cvilc c5 government c6 economics c6 data processing f9 Yoruba f9 literature e8.

    1. Check the posts below.

  17. I have d7 in mathematics and english can I use it to join nigeria airforce

    1. Are they accept computer to complete 5 credit

    2. For computer science, you will need at least credits in English, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

  18. Good day sir, I wrote waec in 2013 but most subjects came in passes E8 and D7 then I took another in 2018 and credited all subjects but the maths was cancelled. Can I combine both for jamb next year for genetics and biotechnology in UniCal/ AKSU

    1. Yes you can. Once you can produce the 5 required subjects form the two sittings, it doesn't matter the years apart.

  19. Sir I got b3 in eng,b3in maths,b2in crs,b2in marketing,c6in econnmics,c4in govt,d7in yoruba,A1in civic e8in literature so what are my chances of gaining admission to study international realations

    1. I don't have the time help you study the JAMB brochure or your school requirements for your proposed course. Go and do that yourself to know if you have the right subjects. You should also read the post below.

  20. Sir which course can I study with this result
    Marketing F9
    CRS B3
    Economic C6
    Government D7
    Literature C6
    Civic education C6
    English language B3
    Mathematics A1
    Biology B3

    1. Check the list in the post below.

  21. Can d7 be accepted for business administration

    1. D7 in what subject? See if the post below will help.

    2. I registered nine course but 6 was good, please can I select only that 6 when collecting my GE results

    3. If you have F9 in the poor 3 subjects, your original result or certificate will not display those 3. If you have grades like D7 or E8 in the 3, they will still be included in your certificate. But for the result printout online, the 9 subjects will be included. If your school will give you the statement of results, the 9 subjects will be included too. Read the post below.

  22. Sir my maths was cancelled can I get a pre degree and if yes which uni can I

    1. Yes, you can process any of the universities in the list below.

      But you will resit for another SSCE to make the Maths before your 100 level admission.

  23. Pls sir I got three good,one credit and two very good is it enough for me to gain admission into the university for international relationship

  24. Pls sir I have (marketing)c6(crs)A1(economic)b3(government) C4(civic)b3(literature)D7) English)C6(maths)B3(biology)C6. Pls can I still study music in some universities or poly

    1. I don't have time to help you study the JAMB brochure. Do that yourself. See the link below.

    2. Plz Sir i have D in government...Can I get admission on accounting?

  25. Please sir,
    What educational course can I study with this result in my A'level please
    Mgt sci D

    O'level results
    Maths C5
    Eng C5
    Commerce C6
    Account C5
    Government B3
    Yoruba B3
    Physical education C5
    Biology C6
    Economics E8

    1. I don't know. Kindly take time to study the JAMB brochure.

  26. Good day sir,I made 9 credit in all my result since 2008 pls can I still use it for admission

    1. Yes. Your result never expire. Read the post below for ore on that.

    2. Yes, you only need 5 subjects of that for admissions

  27. When I have absent for my government as an art student what do I do

    1. You should go for course that doesn't require Government. Check the post below for some clues.

  28. Please Sir i have D7 in English language and am going for medicine, what should I do

    1. Sorry. You must make English with at least C6 for medicine.

  29. If I pass in math d7and eng E8 econ D7 should I have problem to attend any University or local institution?

    1. Write another SSCE and make the right subjects with at least C6 before you will be seeking admissions. Read the post above for better understanding.

    2. Sir please I have E8 economics, maths b3,eng C5,gov B2,civic B3, marketing c6,Crs C6, literature E8 can I go for marketing course

  30. Good day sir, can this result work for Nigeria police force?
    English d7 mathematicA1 Agricultural science c4 civic education c5 literature in English d7 government c4 Economic B3 C. R. S C6 marketing C6 ?

  31. What course can I go for with results Marketing:C6 Crs:B3 Econs:D7 Govern:C5, Lit:E8 Civic:D7 Eng:C5 Maths: B3 Agric :D7

  32. I got
    F9 on my marketing result
    And d7 on my literature result and u want to study mass communication in the higher institutions is it a good d result or won't it not very allowed plz I don't venom plz tell me I am confused

  33. Please sir,
    What course can I go for with these result?

    Marketing B3, Civic E8, Maths F9, Agric F9, Biology F9, Physics F9, Chemistry E8, English B3, and Economics C6.

  34. English d7
    Math b3
    Lit-in-,English b3
    Economic b3
    Government b3
    Civic b3
    Crs c6
    Can I make use of this results and if I can what can I study with it pls I need help 😫

  35. Sir please can a D7 in literature (Waec) and a C5 in Neco be combined to study law

  36. English A1
    Mathematics A1
    Physics F9
    Chemistry F9
    Computer D7
    Civic C6
    Geography B3
    Animal husbandry E8
    Biology C4

  37. Sir gud evening pls can I go for part time without jamb

  38. commerce C6

  39. Sir I have four credit including maths and English can I still apply for jamb

    1. I have maths and English is d 7 pass and the remains is credit can I joined Nigeria army

  40. marketing e8, economic d7, geography b3,civic education b3, english language c6, mathematics b2,, biology c6, chemistry b3, physics d7,what can study with this results in the university of nigeria

  41. Sir please can I combine an art result and science result together

  42. I got admission to study pbb in Uniben without Chemistry in my wace result , will I be cleared without chemistry during clearance ?

  43. Hello Sir, can I study economics or account courses in universities with the underlined results. Mathematics C6, English C5, Economics C4, agriculture science C5, Civic Education C6, Commerce E8, Financial Accounting F9, Biology D7. What course can I study with this result sir

  44. hello sir, my waec result was really good but my maths got cancelled and i have a GCE result with a credit in maths, can i combine the both of them.

  45. Hello sir I want to study public admin and I go econimics b3 government c4 civic education c6 English c4 mathematics b3 literature f9 can I still study public admin

  46. English c4
    Economics b3
    Government c4
    Islamic studies abs
    Literature f9
    Civic education c6
    Mathematics b3
    Can I still study public admin in Nasarawa with 168court off mark

  47. Sir I got d7 in my chemistry and want to study medicine and sudrey should I put neco gce will it help

  48. Which cause can I study with this my result in school of health.
    English p7
    Mathematics p8
    Economics c4
    Physics a2
    Chemistry p7
    Biology c4
    Civic education a3
    Geography a3

  49. Good day sir wat course can I offer with this result
    Eco d7
    Govr c4
    Civic c5
    Tourism B3
    English d7
    Math c4
    Bio c5
    Chem E 6
    Phy c6


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