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NOUN Admissions (2020/2021): SSCE, Direct Entry, MSC, PGD etc

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I write this post to answer your questions about the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and more.

These are questions I usually get about NOUN from my readers.

  1. What is National Open University?
  2. Is NOUN right for me?
  3. Do I need JAMB UTME to gain admission to NOU(N)
  4. What are NOUN admission requirements?
  5. What are programmes/courses offered by NOU(N)
  6. How is the programme run or conducted?
  7. Do NOUN graduates serve in the NYSC?
  8. Are NOUN Law graduates allowed to continue to Nigerian Bar? And more …

1. What is the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)? 

Have you heard about Distance Learning (DL) programmes before now? If not, DL is designed by various universities to bridge the gap to education for people who are working-class or people deprived of admission through JAMB UTME

Those universities run such programmes on a part-time or sandwich basis. The University of Abuja, University of Benin and Lagos State University were covered in my recent posts.

In the same way, the Federal Government of Nigeria distance learning programme is the National Open University (NOUN). It is aimed at helping you to achieve your degree target without leaving your job. This degree programme gives you a chance to work and study at the same time. And if you've been let down by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), you can consider NOUN as an alternative to UTME-based admissions.

2. Is National Open University Ideal for You?

The next thing you may want to know is if such a degree programme is right for you.

In a country like Nigeria, anything Federal is more recognised – we all know that. Even if people want to see it otherwise, the Federal government knows how to make it a big deal. 

Remember when NECO started in the year 2000, most candidates and parents were sceptical - thinking it won’t be recognised for admissions at both local and foreign institutions. Now, the story is huge.

This notion changed when the Federal government announced all institutions must accept NECO for admissions.

I’m sure work is ongoing to ensure foreign institutions accept NECO for admissions. And you should know some universities outside are already accepting it. Some articles had been written to confirm this and I had found out particularly that foreign universities such as Brandon University, Canada are already accepting it.

A case like this was when they said “NOUN Bsc. Nursing will not be accepted for working in any hospital”. Just recently, the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has finally certified NOUN Nursing Programme

Do you now see the picture?

So, don’t listen to critics saying, it won’t be recognised for jobs and the likes.

Hence, if you fall into any of the categories below, consider NOUN.

  1. You have been seeking admission to conventional universities but all efforts proved abortive
  2. You have not been favoured by JAMB in UTME scores. Hence, you couldn’t secure admission elsewhere.
  3. If you’re done with BSC, HND, NCE, OND but to secure JAMB Direct Entry (DE) admission to universities becomes a tug of war.
  4. If you’re already working (or intend to start working while schooling) and have no such free time for a full-time classroom degree.
Nollywood practitioners, Desmond Elliot (a member of the National Assembly), Ini Edo, Okey Ezugwu, and Doris Simeon, all became students of the National Open University of Nigeria

3. Do I Need JAMB UTME to Gain Admission to NOUN?

No, you don’t. As earlier said, one of the problems NOUN is established to solve is the problem of not gaining admission through the UTME. The school is aware that best students are NOT determined by exams. It’s equally not really easy to be working and at the same time prepare adequately for exams like JAMB UTME. Forget UTME, they get you covered.

4. NOUN Admission Requirements 

What are the admission requirements? Getting admission to the school requires some perquisites. These requirements depend on your proposed programmes and courses at the school. If you must get this, let’s discuss different courses available and their requirements for admission.

5. NOUN Available Courses/Programmes

You can join National Open University as a 100 level, 200 level (Direct Entry) or Postgraduate applicant.

Let’s go into details.

6. Undergraduate Programmes - 100 Level 

Generally, the requirements for getting admission into the National Open University of Nigeria include five (5) credits in the SSCE/GCE O’Level/NECO/NABTEB or equivalents at not more than two (2) sittings obtained in subjects relevant to the proposed field(s) of study. The five (5) credits include Credits in Mathematics, English and 3 other relevant subjects. More details can be found under programmes.

7. Undergraduate Programmes - 200 Level

  1. National Diploma with Upper Credit from a recognised institution.
  2. National Certificate in Education (NCE) in subject(s) relevant to the proposed programme of study with a minimum of one merit and two passes.
  3. International Baccalaureates, Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) with at least two ‘A’ Level papers in relevant subjects and pre-requisite number of ‘O’ Level credit passes.

  1.  NOUN does accept IJMB, ND, HND, NCE, Bsc for her 200 level undergraduates admission. BSc and HND holders may need to visit their intended study centres  to ask if they can be considered for 300 level instead. 
  2. You may be lucky if you have a distinction or first-class in your HND or Bsc to be given 300 level admission. 
  3. HND applicants with lower credit/pass can also be considered for admission instead of the upper credit stated above. But you will need to speak with them at your proposed study centre first. OND applicants with lower credit/pass can do the same.

Postgraduate Diploma Programmes 

  1. To qualify for admission into any of the postgraduate programmes of the University, a candidate must meet, among others, all matriculation requirements of at least five (5) credit passes including English Language and Mathematics. Some programmes accept at least a pass in Mathematics.
  2. Candidates must possess either a minimum of pass Bachelors Degree in any discipline from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN OR a Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Lower Credit.
  3. For the Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting, the candidate must have been called to the Bar.
  4. For admission into the school of Business and Human Resource Management Postgraduate Diploma programmes, candidates with professional qualifications such as ACA, ACIS, ACIB, ACII, ACIA, etc may be considered on individual merit.

 1. Master Degree Programmes

  1. Candidates must possess either a Bachelors Degree with a minimum of second class lower in the relevant field of study from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN.
  2. However, holders of lower classification and with a minimum of 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience may be considered on individual merit OR a Postgraduate Diploma in a related field of study from a recognised University OR A Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Upper Credit in the relevant field of study. Candidate with a membership certificate of relevant professional bodies may apply for the Master of Business (MBA) programme.
Obasanjo completes Ph.D. programme at NOUN

2. Doctor of Philosophy Degree Prorammes

Candidates must possess a masters degree in a relevant field of study from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN with a minimum score average of not less than 60% or a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 5-point scale.

NOUN Available Programmes and Courses 

  1. B. Agric. (Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
  2. B. Agric. (Crop Production and Protection Sciences Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
  3. B. Agric. (Soil and Land Resources Management Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
  4. B. Agric. (Agricultural Economics and Agro Business Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
  5. PGD Agricultural Extension and Management     Agricultural Sciences  
  6. B. Agric. (Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
  7. B. Agric. (Animal Science Option)     Agricultural Sciences  

For more courses and latest updates, kindly visit the NOUN course page.

How NOUN runs her Academic programmes

How is the programme run? As a distant learning centre or institute, you are to learn at your own pace – as conveniently as you probably choose. Hence, here is the picture of how you will learn at the National Open University.
  1. Please note that application starts from generating RRR here and making payment online or bank. Then, return to the website to fill your form.
  2. After your application, the school will give you admission immediately. How? Their computer system will match your proposed course requirements with all application details you fill. Based on this matching, it will decide if you meet or beat their requirements. If you meet or beat the requirements, you will be allowed to print your admission letter (directly on the application portal). If however, you’re not qualified, you won’t be able to see such a letter. In this case, you may need to visit your proposed study centre and ask for a way out. They may end up allowing you to study another course you qualify for.
  3. After you’d printed your admission letter, proceed to your proposed study centre. They will conduct a physical checking of your credentials and see if everything is right. After that, you will be given some study materials. These study materials are usually softcopies – books you can download and study on your computer or mobile devices. You can equally be given some printed materials – if you’re lucky.

Participating in NOUN TMA

Just like other conventional universities, after you’d studied your course materials, the school will conduct one or two tests before exams. These tests, NOUN called it - TMA. You’ll be required to do TMAs – usually two or three. Note that NOUN TMA is online. You will need to visit your candidate TMA page, print out or save your questions, study them, answer them offline, then return online to answer and finally submit them. Your score is immediately displayed. The school shares some tips for learning and preparing for exams here.

Participate in NOUN Exams

Exams are conducted twice a year – first and second semester. You must partake in these exams. It’s important to note that NOUN can conduct the exams online (like TMA) or at study centres across the nation.

This is your routine for the period of your studies.

National Open University (NOUN) FAQs

Do NOUN Graduates serve in the NYSC? 
NYSC has declared that they are not accepting NOUN graduates in the meantime, yet they are being issued with exclusion letters.

You should know that NOUN is continually working on making sure their graduates serve after their programme. The school has recently joined JAMB for this process.

More on this update later.

Are their Law graduates allowed to continue to Nigerian Bar?
Yes – as applicable to NYSC.

For answers to more questions, check NOUN FAQs page

Update: NOUN Graduates, NYSC and Nigerian Law School Issues Resolved

What you may lack as a NOUN Student

NOUN is for anybody who won’t mind NOT being on campus. If you’re the type who wants to be on campus to take selfies, NOUN may not be the right choice for you as it doesn’t run conventional university settings, rather study centres for the purpose of exams, counseling and guides.

If however, you still want to enjoy campus life while running National Open University programmes, you can get friends on closer institutions around their study centres. Then, you can have access to your shots on motion ground.

I know NOUN students on the Polytechnic Ibadan campus (since the study centre in Ibadan is so close to the Poly), also students on LAUTECH campus.


NOUN is here to stay. And just recently, National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval to the National Teachers Institute (NTI) to run its degree programmes in affiliation with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). You can ask your relatives already running NTI courses.

Another achievement as United States (US) embassy in Abuja sets to establish a partnership with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) towards enriching the programmes of the university.
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  1. When is the form coming out for 2020/21

  2. can I use olevel printout instead of olevel certificate

  3. Can I study business administration with maths, English, commerce,government and accounting . because I had d7 in economics .so can I

    1. Not certain for NOUN. You can check the list of schools and courses accepting D7 in Economics for Business Administration through the link below.

  4. I got this information a little bit late..
    Please is the form still available for Olevel students?

    1. Yes. Follow the link in the post to apply on the official NOUN website.

  5. Good afternoon please do they offer accounting course. And what do you advice me to do. I want to study accounting in one of there center in porthacort, so I can't go to NYSC after school

    1. Yes, they offer Accounting. For now, their graduates are not mobilized for NYSC. They're issued the Exclusion letters instead. They might got the approval for NYSC, more likely before you're done with your studies.

  6. pls Sir, I am in gaining admission into National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to study Political Science how may I apply and what's the school requirements and their fees
    I have never gain admission into any schools

    1. This post alredy contains answers to all your questions Kindly read form the strat to the end.

      Also, you can also visit:

  7. Can I apply for direct entry to Nursing science with Medical laboratory technician result.

  8. Hello sir. Thank you for your write-up.
    Is there a way i can speed up NOUN. I have a third-class in physics, and want to apply immediately. Can i get admission into 200level

    1. Yes, you can. Apply as a direct entry candidate.

  9. Can someone do Topup degree at NOUN

    1. No. But some can apply its Direct Entry into 200 level. And you can approach the university if they can give you 300 level if you the best grade from your HND or first degree

    2. What is the accepted grades for IJMB to apply for Masters in NOUN?

    3. You can not use IJMB to apply for Masters in NOUN or any other universities.

  10. is it possible for a noun graduate with 3rd class honour to retake an exam , to reactivate his / her grade, please.

    1. I don't have this information. Kindly visit your study centre for guides.

  11. Pls can I study law in noun with d7 in math?

  12. Pls, is the admission form out?

  13. Please does noun accept pass in national diploma and can i offer banking and finance in noun

  14. Pls does Noun accept ICAN/ACA for direct entry to obtain Bsc? what level?

  15. Pls does noun accepts university diploma for direct entry BSC programme?

  16. Pls can i be offer admission to 300 level with HND upper credit?

    1. Yes. But you must first visit your study centre know the terms and conditions.

  17. Pls can I bee offered admission to mass communication 200 level with ND lower credit

  18. Good day I want to ask if I can be able to secure admission with ND level pass result for direct entry into the university, I studied science laboratory technology

  19. Pls sir I just wonted to ask is noun form still out

  20. Good evening sir, pls is form for direct entry out

  21. Good day sir, I applied for Public Health science with IJMB into 200 level and i have not gotten my matric number it's been over a week now I have uploaded all the required result. What can I do sir?

    1. Kindly visit your chosen study centre to lodge complaint.

    2. Pls sir when we NOUN admission form close and which date will class begin can I still open for this year how much is their money and are they study nursing in NOUN university thanks

    3. The university's official admission portal link is in the post above. Kindly follow the link to register and for further information.

  22. Pls sir is noun form out

  23. please sir, can i apply into NOUN with ACCA OND for 200 level to mass communication ? As i want to switch from account to mass communication or law, if yes can i get the form by September or October?

    1. Yes, you can. But first, visit the study centre you prefer for your NOUN. Then, ask for any other terms.

  24. Pls help, it's very urgent and important! Can I present my ssce computer print-out result during the course of admission screening in NOUN since I don't have my ssce certificate for now. Will they accept me like that?

    1. Yes, they will accept that. Read more through the linking below.

  25. Can I study nursing with an auxiliary certificate

  26. Can I get admission without English in my o'level?

    1. Yes. Check the schools and courses accepting that below.

  27. Hello sir pls can apply using awaiting result and may I know if the form is out already. Pls can u share your number for more information thank you sir


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