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ARCHITECTURE: UTME and SSCE Admission Requirements

In order to seek admission into Architectural Technology, candidates must possess generally 5 O'level subjects or more. The five required SSCE subjects may come from a WAEC, NECO, GCE, NABTEB, or a combination of two of these exams.


To have a clear understanding of this, an admission seeks needs to study the JAMB brochure. In order to save you the stress, below is a list of SSCE and UTME subjects required of you if you're chasing Architecture at any of the universities offering the course


The requirements have been carefully extracted from the official JAMB brochure.


It's equally important to note that the O'level subjects here-listed are also applicable to the Direct Entry applicants.

JAMB Requested Subjects in SSCE and UTME

  1. Of course, JAMB asks candidates to have at least five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and any of Fine Art, Geography or Wood Work, Biology, Economics, Technical Drawing, Further. Mathematics., Introduction to Building Construction, Bricklaying/Block laying, Concreting, Wall, Floors and Ceiling Finishing, Joinery, Carpentry, Decorative Painting, Lining, Sign and Design, Wall Hanging, Colour Mixing/Matching and Glazing, Ceramics, Graphics Design, Graphic Printing, Basic Electricity in not more than two sittings.
  2. The board asks candidates to write in UTME, English, Physics, Mathematics, and any of Chemistry, Geography, Art, Biology, and Economics.


However, below are situations where these universities may accept more or less.

SSCE (O'level) Subjects Required for Architectural Technology in Universities

  1. Ambrose Alli University (AAU) AAU states that Chemistry not compulsory.
  2. Abia State University Uturu (ABSU) doesn't compulsory Chemistry 
  3. Abia State University Uturu (ABSU) only requires five 'O' level credit passes including English Language, Physics and  Mathematics, plus any two of Geography, Fine Arts, Technical Drawing, Wood/Metal Work, Biology, Chemistry, Economics.
  4. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria requires Physics and Mathematics plus any one of the following subjects:  Geography, Fine Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, and Technical Drawing.
  5. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi (ATBU) requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Physics and any two (2) from of Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Fine Art, Geography, Economics, Building Construction, and Land Surveying.
  6. Bells University of Technology (BELLSTECH), Ota requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and any two (2) from the following: Chemistry, Biology, Technical Drawing/Fine Arts, Geography, Economics, Building Construction and Land Surveying.
  7. Caleb University (CALEB) Imota, Lagos requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes or equivalents in Mathematics, English Language, Physics and any two (2) of Building Construction, Technical Drawing, Economics, Biology, Chemistry and Geography.
  8. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU) accepts an 'O' Level pass in English Language.
  9. Crescent University (CUAB) Abeokuta requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes including English Language, Mathematics, Physics and any other two (2) subjects from Chemistry, Economics, Fine Arts, Geography, Biology, Technical Drawing, Building Construction, and Land Surveying.
  10. Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) requires five (5) SSC credit passes or its equivalent at a maximum of two (2) sittings in the following subjects: English Language, Mathematics, Physics and any two subjects from the following: Economics, Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Fine Art and Geography.
  11. Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) requires at least five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and any one of Fine Arts, Technical Drawing, Geography, Economics and Biology at not more than two (2) sittings.
  12. Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Physics, Mathematics, chemistry and any one of Geography, Fine Arts, Woodwork, Technical Drawing, Biology or Economics plus ND upper credit in relevant programmes.
  13. University of Jos (UNIJOS) accepts five (5) 'O' Level credit passes which must include English Language, Mathematics, Physics,    Technical Drawing or five (5) Arts or Applied Arts and one (1) of History, Economics, Geography and Chemistry.
  14. University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires Five O/Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Fine Arts or Technical Drawing and any one of  Economics, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, Painting, and Decoration/Building Construction.
  15. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) accepts 'O' Level credit pass in Technical Drawing or Fine Arts in lieu of Biology.
  16. Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTY) Yola requires Five (5) SSC credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and any Two of Chemistry, Fine Art, Visual Art, Geography, Economics, Technical Drawing, Further. Mathematics.
  17. Renaissance University (RNU) Ugbawka Enugu State requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes including English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, and Geography/Technical Drawing at not more than two (2) sittings.
  18. Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) requires Five (5) WASC/GCE/SSCE/NECO 'O' level credit passes in Physics, English Language, Mathematics and any two (2) subjects from Geography, Technical Drawing, Further Mathematics, Fine Arts, Chemistry.
  19. University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka requires 'O' Level credit passes in Mathematics, English Language, Physics and any two (2) of  Technical Drawing, Building Construction, Woodwork, Fine Art, Geography and Economics.
  20. Lead City University (LEADCITY) Ibadan requires 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Geography and any other two (2) subjects.
  21. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife requires five (5) 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics and two (2) other subjects from Fine Arts or Technical Drawing, Economics, Geography, Chemistry, Biology or Agricultural Science.
  22. Bayero University, Kano (BUK) requires five (5) SSCE credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics and any other two subjects from the following: Chemistry, Technical Drawing, Fine Art, Geography, Economics and/or Building Construction.
  23. University of Ilorin (UNILORN) requires five (5) credits in English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Technical Drawing/Fine Art and any one other subject from the following: Geography, Building construction, Land Surveying, Further Mathematics.
  24. Kaduna State University (KASU) Kaduna requires Five 'O' level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and any of Economics and  Technical Drawing.

UTME Subjects Required For Architectural Technology

Below are conditions set by a few other universities other than the general subjects required by JAMB for the UTME.
  1. Abia State University Uturu (ABSU) requires Mathematics as a UTME subject.
  2. Caleb University (CALEB) Imota, Lagos requires 'O' Level credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Physics and Economics, Geography, Biology and Chemistry, Fine Arts, and Technical Drawing.
  3. Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH) requires 'O' Level credit passes in Mathematics, Economics, and any one of Accounting, Commerce, and Government.
  4. Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) requires Mathematics, Physics, and any one of Chemistry, Geography, or Technical Drawing.
  5. Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) requires Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics.
  6. University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires English Language, Mathematics, Physics, and any one of Chemistry, Geography, Economics, Biology, Fine Arts.
  7. Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife requires Mathematics, Physics, and one subject from Chemistry, Economics, Geography and Technical Drawing.
  8. Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Ago Iwoye requires Mathematics and any two (2) of Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Fine Arts, Economics and Geography.
  9. Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) requires Mathematics, Physics and any other subject from Chemistry, Geography, Fine Arts.
  10. University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka requires Mathematics, Physics and one other subject.
  11. Bayero University, Kano (BUK) requires Mathematics, Physics, any one of the following: Chemistry, Geography, Technical Drawing.
  12. University of Ilorin (UNILORN) requires Mathematics, Physics and any one of the following: Fine Arts, Technical Drawing, Geography, and Building Construction.
  13. Modibbo Adama University of Technology (MAUTY) Yola requires Physics, Mathematics, and any of Chemistry, Geography, Art, Biology and Economics.
  14. Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria requires Physics and Mathematics plus any one of the following subjects:  Geography, Fine Arts, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, and Technical Drawing.
  15. Kaduna State University (KASU) Kaduna requires Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry.

JAMB and Post UTME Cut-Off Mark Required for Architectural Technology

It will be deceiving to think if you have the right subject combination in your O'level and write the correct subjects in UTME, you're sure to be offered admission. There is more to being offered admission than that.

Candidates must equally score the right mark in the UTME and post UTME/Sscreening.

JAMB will announce the national cut off mark soon after the UTME results are released. However, these marks are not the final must-take by the institutions in the country. Some universities may draw a score range higher than that but never less

If we must go by history, JAMB might declare 160 above for universities offering Architectural Technology. However, a few of these universities, especially the federal-owned, may be adamant about 180 or 200 and above instead. It will be wise of you to check for the usual cut-off mark being adopted by your proposed universities.

Aside from this, each candidate, even if you meet the declared post UTME cut-off mark, will still participate in the post UTME/screening registration and exams (whichever application). Here, you must also meet or beat the departmental cut off marks. These departmental cut-off marks may be a product of the aggregate arrived from adding the JAMB score with Post UTME/Screening score and dividing that into two e.g OAU, UI, FUTA, etc. Another method is just the awarding of specific points to the O'level subject grades and summing with other marks e.g FUOYE, LASU, etc.

Find out how your proposed university does calculate the final departmental aggregate cut-off mark to be sure of your chance.

It's only if your final aggregate score is higher or equals the departmental cut off marks that the school will eventually offer you admission. Check other factors that may deprive you the admission this year.

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