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Nigerian Schools and Courses Accepting Two Sittings For Admissions

Are All Schools Accepting Two Sittings

UNIVERSITIES, POLYTECHNICS AND COLLEGES OF EDUCATION ACCEPTING  A COMBINATION OF RESULTS AND THOSE THAT ARE NOT

I’ve personally read some confusing posts on schools that are accepting and those that are not accepting two sittings O’level for admission purpose. I couldn’t understand where some bloggers were getting all those misleading information. The worst part, they copied one another and when you read their works, you could be deceived to believe they were true info.

In fact, don’t believe that. That’s why I want to share this with you. I’m sure this will bail you out of the dilemma of which schools are accepting two sittings for admission.

First, let’s talk basics.

Why Accepting One or Two Sittings for Admission

The norm and regulatory culture in Nigeria is that all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education should accept WAEC, NECO or NABTEB results for admission. And lately, we had NBAIS as one of the acceptable O’level results by a few Nigerian schools.

Where a student can’t meet up with the required O’level grades in a sitting, he is allowed to sit for another exam and make up for the deficiency. Hence, he can combine the two for admission. I detailed how to combine two results here. There, I covered combinable types and those you may not be able to combine.

So, when you hear two sittings, it simply means combining two results.

Not all schools accept this and where schools accept it, they may not do that for all their courses.

This is where confusion ensues.

I should be able to guide you out of this mess before or at the end of this post.

Are All Schools Accepting Two Sittings

As already pointed out, NO. Not all schools are accepting two sittings. By schools here, I didn't mean only the universities, polytechnics, colleges of educations. It also included the schools of nursing and colleges of health technology.

To simplify things for you, these categories of schools have different admission policies. This is why things may not be the same for all.

A majority of them are ACCEPTING TWO SITTINGS by regulation. If you check official JAMB brochure, for instance, they state “5 credit passes at minimum admission requirements in not more than two sittings” for all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education and a few colleges of health technology under JAMB armpit. See the list of schools of colleges of health and their admission requirements.

Whereas, that is just the general requirements as demanded by the Matriculation Board. To guide students further, a part of the brochure discusses the special requirements by a few schools who may not want to accept two sittings, want a certain form of combination or any other similar conditions. I discussed this better in my post, “How to Study JAMB Brochure to Avoid Errors

With this, it means JAMB still accepts two sittings for all universities and their admission exercises unless that schools state otherwise in the same brochure.

A similar case is where a school includes the conditions of not accepting two sittings in the post UTME adverts. The University of Lagos did this in the 2019/2020 post UTME ads. Osun State University had been doing this for some years but not for all the courses.

With my findings, below is a list of universities that are not accepting two sittings and their conditions from official sources.

1. University of Lagos

The number eligibility for the university of Lagos admission is as follows
Candidates who made University of Lagos their first choice in the 2019/2020 UTME and scored 200 and above are eligible for screening. In addition, candidates must possess five (5) credit passes at one sitting in relevant O/level subjects including English Language and Mathematics.

This University is so blunt about this. With that statement above, the university will only consider ONE SITTING for all her courses.

All that matters is the “at least 5 credit passes in relevant subjects to your proposed courses”.

2. Osun State University, Osogbo

The state-owned university accepts two sittings of all SSCE results except for Medicine, Nursing and Law.

Accordingly, this is well stated in the post UTME adverts of the university.
UNIOSUN will admit only candidates who made at least five (5) credit passes in SSCE/NECO/NABTEB in the relevant subjects at not more than two sittings except for Medicine, Nursing and Law, where candidates are expected to have at least five (5) credit passes in SSCE/NECO in the relevant subjects at one sitting. The University also accepts a minimum of Lower credit for Direct Entry candidates.

Other Universities Accepting ONLY One Sitting for Some Courses

Just as in the case of the Osun State University above, very many universities accept two sittings. In fact, apart from UNILAG, all Nigerian universities are accepting two sittings.

However, some that accept the combination of results still want one sitting for certain courses. Below is a list of those schools.

Below is the list of those schools and their conditions.

3. University of Ibadan

The University of Ibadan Accepts Two Results with a Special Condition. Let's see it below.

UI, 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, any other subjects from Arts, Social Sciences or Sciences.

With this, you can either use two sittings or one for UI Law. However, if it is one sitting, they demand 5 credits and for two sittings, they demand 6 credits.

This condition is not limited to UI Law, it cuts across almost all her courses.

For Nursing, UI requires five (5) or six (6) 'O' Level credit passes at one (1) or two (2) sittings to include English Language, Biology/Health Science, Chemistry, Mathematics and any one (1) of Economics, Government, Literature in English, History, Geography or Physics, (this will be an advantage).

In short, if you’re willing to pursue the University of Ibadan, you should go with 5 credits in one sitting or 6 credit in two sittings irrespective of your proposed course.

Courses You Should Not Chase With Two Sittings in Almost All Universities

I sited UNILAG, UNIOSUN and UI above to let you understand the background to the use of a combination of results for some courses and those universities. Yet, the condition is not limited to them.

What we can all agree on is that, very many, if not all universities are not accepting two sittings for the following courses:
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Other related courses from faculty of medical or health sciences e.g Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmacology etc

If you want me to prove this further, let’s see more schools.

  1. Afe Babalola University (ABUAD) for Law, accepts five (5) 'O' Level credit passes to include English Language, Literature in English, Mathematics and any two (2) Arts or Social Science subjects at one sitting.
  2. Delta State University (DELSU), for Nursing, requires SSCE ‘O’ Level or its equivalent with credit passes in at least five (5) subjects which must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in one sitting.
  3. BENIN, IBADAN, ABSU, EBSU, UNIOSUN, COOU and BOWEN require the 'O' Level credit passes at one (1) sitting for Medicine and Surgery.
  4. UNILORIN, for Medicine, requires five (5) SSCE credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology at one sitting.

In short, the best approach to pursuing these competitive courses is with just one sitting even if a school states she is accepting two sittings. It’s just my view and in your own interest.

Schools Accepting Two Sittings For The Same Competitive Courses

Even though a majority of universities will want you to present one O’level result for the likes of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Law etc, some never mind two sittings.

They open their hands for you once you have complete subjects with convincing grades.

Let’s see a few of those schools and their conditions.
  1. Niger Delta University (NDU), for Medicine, requires the O' level credit passes at not more than two (2) sittings.
  2. Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO), for Optometry, requires at least five (5) ‘O’ Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology in not more than two (2) sittings.
  3. UNN and UYO, for Optometry, require the five (5) 'O' Level credit passes at not more than two (2) sittings.
  4. UNILORIN, for Optometry, requires Credit passes at O'Level in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in WASC or NECO at not more than two (2) sittings.
  5. DELSU, for Pharmacology, requires SSCE ‘O’ Level or its equivalent with credit passes in at least five (5) subject which must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology in not more than two sittings.
  6. UNIBEN, for Physiology, requires at least five (5) 'O' Level credit passes or equivalents at not more than two (2) sittings. The subjects should include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  7. FUTA, for Physiology, requires five (5) SSC credit passes or its equivalent at a maximum of two (2) sittings in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology.

This is just an extract from very many that will accept a combination of results. I will take you further with some links below.

Where a School is Silent About Two Sittings

In fact, if you study brochure for each of the courses I called competitive ones, you will notice schools that are blunt about one sitting, two sittings and strangely those that are silent as to whether they’re accepting one sitting or two.

I’ve prepared you with details of these courses, schools offering them and individual requirements as stated below:
  1. Nursing and Nursing Science
  2. Medicine and Surgery
  3. Law (Common Law)

When you come across any university that remains silent as to which one they want, go for one sitting. This is the best advice you can get from me.

Notice I’d said earlier that I prefer you to chase these courses with one sitting no matter what the institution is saying.

I said that because of the rate at which candidates are competing for spaces in those departments. If a school states that she wants two sittings with 100 spaces for a course. 150 candidates apply with 100 using one sitting and 50 others using two sittings, who do you think the spaces will favours?

Common sense!

Polytechnics and Colleges of Education Positions on Two Sittings

I’ve checked through the two official places for any discrepancies on acceptance of combination of results for polytechnics and colleges of education. By official sources, I meant JAMB brochure and Post UTME screening adverts. Yet, I’ve not come across anywhere they say they’re not accepting two sittings.

Generally, polytechnics and colleges of education accept two sittings and any possible combinations. By this, I mean, you can
  • Combine WAEC May/June with May/June or May/June with Jan/Feb (Aug/Sept)
  • Combine NECO June/July with NECO June/July or June/July with Nov/Dec
  • Combine NABTEB May/June with NABTEB May/June or May/June with Nov/Dec
  • Combine WAEC with NECO or either with NABTEB

Two Sittings For Schools of Nursing and Colleges of Technology.

Under normal circumstances, schools or colleges of Nursing should accept two O’level sittings in WAEC, NECO. NABTEB or GCE. The same is applicable to our colleges of health technology across the nation.

However, just like in the case of some universities as already pointed out, a few of these schools may be choosy when it comes to combination they will accept. For example, some accept a combination of WAEC and WAEC or NECO with NECO, WAEC with NECO etc. whereas I learnt that Osun State College of Health, Ilesa only allow combination form the same exams body.

Similarly, some of them are yet to be accepting NABTEB not to mention its combination.

I’ve answered a series of questions regards this in, “Can I use NABTEB Result for Nursing Admission? See Answer!”. You can also check “School of Nursing, Health Tech and Hygiene: Answers to Students’ Questions on Admissions” to get yourself in shape for headaches admission into schools of nursing or health tech can give you.

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