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IJMB and JUPEB in University Vs Study Centres: Which is Better?

IJMB and JUPEB form at a university vs study centre

We need to talk about obtaining IJMB/JUPEB and similar A’level programmes forms of university of choice and that of study centres.

Sound familiar?

What is A’level Programme?

For those who are new to IJMB and other A’level programmes. Here you have it…

A’level is a Pre-University programmes based on a country's education system. A’level takes usually 12 months of duration to complete depending on which university and intake. Students who study A’level will be able to gain in-depth knowledge of their chosen subject.

In Nigeria, several universities accept candidates from all A’level programmes such as IJMB, JUPEB, NABTEB Advanced, Cambridge Advanced, etc.

Such students are admitted through JAMB Direct Entry admission instead of the UTME for SSCE students.

Hence, frustrated candidates who could not pass UTME are taking to these A’level courses as the final resort – after all, they don’t need to write UTME or pass it again.

The question at hand now is “where best to do this IJMB, JUPEB, etc?” Is it better done in the university or any of the A’level study centre?

Ok. Let’s break things down.

Those universities that are accepting IJMB, JUPEB students are also running the programme within their campuses or dedicated study centres owned by the institutions.

However, some independent bodies, organizations or individuals equally run those programmes their own study centers across the nation.

After the programmes, universities can accept their candidates or produce them to any other school if those candidates chose to seek admission into other institutions.

Independent study centres only have the option to produce candidates to universities. They can’t accept them themselves since they’re not universities.

The Real Picture of Study Centres Running IJMB and Other A’levels

These centres sell their forms online or through a few liaison offices.

If admitted, you would be lectured, groomed to be ready to write A’level exams.

IJMB exams is set and marked by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) which is the sole administrator of the programme.

JUPEB exams are set and marked by the University of Lagos (UNILAG) which is in charge of the programme.

And so on…

If you must know, universities and study centres are not in charge of setting or marking the exams. They only prepare you for the joint exams that will be conducted nationwide by the bodies in charge.

If you pass, the centre delivers your results to you. Then, you’re on your own.

You’ll have to obtain the JAMB direct entry form, choose your universities of interest and process your admission into 200 level of your desired course.

If you fail, that’s the end.

The True Picture of Universities Running A’level Programmes

The situation is not far different from study centres.

However, the university has one main advantage over the study centre.

They trained you. Then, you’re their burden.

You stand a better chance of gaining admission into a university 200 level programme if you’re their A’level candidate than if you’re coming from a study centre.

This is just a mare common sense.

A university will want to make better provisions for her candidates before considering outsiders.

In fact, a university will eventually find a course to drop you if you don’t meet up with the requirements of your proposed course.


If I must give you my stand on this, I prefer you obtaining the form of a university running IJMB, JUPEB or other A’level programmes to the study centre around.

While some study centres will convince you that they have connections with those universities you chose for DE, the truth still remains that outsiders stand a lesser chance.

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