Can I Use D7, E8, or F9 For Part-Time Admission? -

Can I Use D7, E8, or F9 For Part-Time Admission?

After trying a full-time admission with a D7 in Mathematics without success, a reader contacted me to inquire if he could use the same result to gain admission into a part-time program. Some students with D7, E8, or F9 in any related-subject-to-the-proposed-course may want to try the same.

Of course, it's an easy thought! Since it's just a part-time program, schools should be lenient to accept D7, E8, or even F9 in any WAEC, NECO, or NABTEB subject.

Going back to the basics of gaining admission, students will usually require five subjects to gain admission into any school and for any course. If you have a D7, E8, or F9 in any of these compulsory subjects, can you try a part-time program instead? Will the school admit you?

In this post, let's discuss the acceptability of D7, E8 or F9 by universities, polytechnics, or colleges of education that offer part-time programs.

Being a Part-Time Program Doesn't Mean It Accepts Anything

In case you're underestimating the nature of the part-time program, thinking it should accept deficiencies in O'level results that the full-time program cannot accept, you're completely wrong.

As a matter of fact, part-time programs generally place equal importance on O'level results just as full-time programs - if not more. This is because part-time programs don't require JAMB for entry. Hence, only the SSCE results will be used. Why will they still accept less?

University part-time programs such as Federal University Oye Ekiti (FUOYE), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta (FUNAAB), etc., polytechnic part-time programs such as Federal Polytechnic Ede, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, etc., or part-time programs of any colleges of education won't accept anything less than the required five O'level subjects for any proposed course.

You Might Be Given Another Course Though

While it's important to repeat that O'level results are as important for or more important for the part-time program, we've seen cases of schools giving other courses to students who didn't have the required SSCE subjects for their proposed courses.

I recently produced a student for the Federal University Oye Ekiti daily part-time program. During the registration, we observed he didn't have Government, which was required for the proposed course. We completed the application notwithstanding. He went to the university for the physical screening (which involves the physical checking of all credentials). It was on this occasion the university transferred him to another course they deemed fit for him, and which didn't require Government.

I've witnessed similar cases like this for many part-time programs, such as that of Ladoke Akintola University, University of Ibadan Distance Learning, Osun State College of Technology Esa Oke, etc.

So, if you're lacking a compulsory subject such as English, Mathematics, or any other required for your intended course, you may still apply notwithstanding. The management may eventually give you another course they think you have the right subjects for.

The Future Is Still Waiting for You

The fact that you don't have a subject, and the school offers you admission anyway, doesn't mean that you're free forever. You may still need to retake the SSCE to make up for the deficiencies in your result.

Although you don't have to necessarily replace the one already submitted and admitted with, you may just have this new result for further studies in the future. For example, after your ND or BSC, you may still want to further your studies to HND or MSC. At this level, your school or any newly proposed school may not be as lenient as your former school. Hence, they may insist on having at least a credit in such subjects.

A graduate of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education recently chatted with me for help. She was admitted into "Computer/Maths" for her NCE with just D7 in Mathematics. However, she wanted to process direct entry admission into the University of Ibadan Distance Learning, which insisted she must have at least a "credit" for Mathematics. She was not offered admission as a result!

As you can see, don't assume it's over even if a part-time or full-time program will allow you to use D7, E8, or F9 in a relevant subject to gain admission. You may still need that subject (if it's directly relevant to your course) sooner or later. So, find means to make up for these deficiencies before your next chase. Luckily, you can still retake SSCE even after being offered admission and you're in any higher institution.


While part-time programs may sometimes accommodate lower grades like D7, E8, or F9, it's essential for prospective students to recognize the significance of O'level results. Schools offering such programs prioritize academic qualifications, and deviations from entry requirements may lead to alternative course placements. 

The journey doesn't end with admission; students should aim to address any deficiencies, considering future academic pursuits. Therefore, persistence and a proactive approach to strengthening academic foundations remain crucial. Embracing opportunities for improvement ensures a more robust educational trajectory and prepares students for the challenges that may arise in their educational and professional endeavors.

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