How To Decide Courses To Change To - JAMB -

How To Decide Courses To Change To - JAMB

When you're out to change your course, there are a few things you must have put in place.

No CBT center will have enough time and knowledge to g
uide you on the course you can change to and those that may not be perfect for you.

Hence, it's sensible of you to decide, from home, what course you will change to before visiting the nearest accredited CBT for your change of courses.

A smart parent asked, on behalf of her daughter. 

Can my daughter make a change of course to computer science with a physics-chemistry-biology subject combination? Thanks.

That was directed to JAMB. 

In this post will see the official JAMB answer and explore related concerns.

JAMB Recommends Using JAMB Brochure to Decide Which Course to Change to

Of course, just as the JAMB brochure is very important when registering for UTME/DE, it's also important when you're deciding which course you'll change to.

Because of the restriction in the question by the father referred to above, JAMB has also limited its answer to using the JAMB brochure in deciding the course to change to.

Accordingly, the board advised as follows.

Kindly consult IBASS for the list of suitable subject combinations for your daughter’s most preferred course.

If you took note, the father wanted to be sure which course the specific subject combination will go for. JAMB played safe by referring him to the JAMB brochure. This is because, even though there can be general requirements for some courses, some schools may have specific requirements. Whereas, the only masterpiece that contains these details is the JAMB brochure.

I didn't recommend, enough, using the JAMB brochure in my post, "How to Study JAMB Brochure to Avoid Errors". Take a moment to read!

So, if you're asking the same question. being considerate of the subject combination in JAMB, it's important to use the JAMB brochure as your guardian angel.

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O'level Subjects Must Align with the Concluded Course

Just like the subject combination in JAMB, the required O'level subjects (grades) required for the proposed course, should be taken seriously.

Most students will blindly change to courses they don't have the right SSCE subjects for even though they might have sat for the right subjects in JAMB.

However, the school is not using JAMB only to admit you. Admissions are offered using both the JAMB and O'level subjects.

You will save yourself some headaches and embarrassment by using the same JAMB brochure to study which WA$C, NECO, GCE, or NABTEB subjects you will need for your course at a particular university, polytechnic, or college of education.

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JAMB Score and Proposed School Cut-Off, Mark Matters

It's not enough to have the right JAMB and SSCE subject combination for the course you want to change to, you also must find out the cut-off for the course, specifically, at the school.

Some schools set the same JAMB cut-off mark for all their courses. For example, the University of Ibadan, the University of Lagos, the Federal University of Technology Akure, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ahmadu Bello University, etc. Even though the higher your score the better is your chance, especially if you're seeking admission into courses such as Medicine, Nursing, Law, Accounting, Mass Communication, etc.

Some are specific about the scores required for individual courses. For example, the University of Ilorin, Osun State University, Ladoke Akintola University, etc.

With this, you see the very reason you should be certain of your proposed course's cut-off mark and its competitiveness before you decide to go for that.

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Other Neutral Factors That Determine The Course to Change To

When determining the course to change to, several other factors come into play. Consider the following key factors to help you make an informed decision:

  1. Personal Interests and Passions: Consider your personal interests and passions. Choose a course that aligns with subjects or topics that genuinely excite you. When you have a genuine interest in the material, you are more likely to engage with the coursework and perform better academically.
  2. Academic and Career Goals: Evaluate your long-term academic and career goals. Determine how the new course aligns with your aspirations. Consider whether the course provides relevant knowledge, skills, or qualifications that can support your desired academic or career path.
  3. Skills Development: Assess the skills you want to develop or enhance. Identify courses that offer opportunities to improve specific skills that are important to you. For example, if you want to improve your analytical abilities, a course with a focus on data analysis or statistics might be a good fit.
  4. Prerequisites and Requirements: Review the prerequisites and requirements of the courses you are considering. Ensure that you meet the necessary prerequisites and have the required background knowledge to succeed in the new course. Be mindful of any additional requirements, such as lab work, fieldwork, or internships, that may affect your decision.
  5. Flexibility and Rescheduling: Evaluate the flexibility and scheduling of the courses. Consider factors such as class timings, workload distribution, and any conflicts with your existing commitments. Ensure that the course you choose fits well into your overall schedule and allows you to maintain a balanced workload.
  6. Feedback and Recommendations: Seek feedback and recommendations from academic advisors, professors, or peers who have taken the courses you are considering. Their insights can provide valuable information about the course quality, difficulty level, and overall experience.
  7. Networking and Connections: Consider the potential networking opportunities and connections associated with the course. Some courses may provide opportunities to connect with professionals, industry experts, or alumni who can offer valuable insights and future career prospects.
  8. Long-Term Implications: Evaluate the long-term implications of changing courses. Consider how the new course fits into your overall academic plan and how it may affect your graduation timeline, credit requirements, or future course selections. Assess the potential impact on financial aid, scholarships, or other academic considerations.


While the JAMB and SSCE subjects remain the most important at this stage of your decision, it's important to weigh other factors against each other and prioritize what matters most to you based on your unique circumstances and goals.

Take your time, gather information, and make an informed decision that aligns with your academic and personal aspirations.

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