PRE-DEGREE ADMISSION INTO UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA – QUESTIONS, AND ANSWERS
Are you hearing about a pre-degree course for the first time? Or you know what it is but want to know more? Do you just need a quick answer to a question bothering you on a Pre-degree course? Then, here are 10 things you must know about the pre-degree admissions to the universities in Nigeria.
1. What is the Pre-degree Programme?
First, let’s look at what the Pre-degree programme is all about.
A predegree programme is a one-year course administered by a university to prepare candidates seeking admission into 100 level of any of her courses.
The course is run for two semesters usually not lasting beyond 6 to 9 months of academic work.
2. What are the requirements to obtain the form?
Generally speaking, you need at least 5 or 6 credit passes (depending on your proposed course) in your O’level results (in not more than two sittings). The O’level results can be WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, NBAIS. Where you don’t have the complete results but offered the preliminary admission, you’ll be required to provide that before you can be offered admission to 100 level.
In other words, some of these schools allow awaiting results provided you’ll be able to have your complete required result on or before 100 level admission.
You should check for such details (conditions) on your proposed school’s pre-degree form adverts for further clarification.
3. Are all Nigerian universities running Predegree programmes?
See other institutions offering Predegree, Remedial and Pre-ND: List of Universities/Polytechnics Selling Forms
Yet, we have some; including the University of Ibadan that are not involved (at least not yet) in running the programme.
Please visit the school’s website to check if your interested school is running the course.
4. How much is the Predegree form?
No national or general price for the form. You will need to check for such a price on the advert page of each institution. However, many universities sell at a price less than N15,000.00 or thereabout.
5. When will the pre-degree forms be out?
Usually, most universities start selling forms before and during the sales of the JAMB UTME form. This is because admitted candidates must equally obtain the year UTME form.
Since, JAMB starts sales of form around November yearly, expect sales of form around June – November.
6. When is usually the closing date for the form?
There is no general closing date by universities selling it. You will have to read the closing date in the advert of your proposed university.
Hence, I advise checking their websites to see for yourself.
7. Will I be Offered admission after completing my pre-degree?
Yes, if you pass the course.
Schools want you to pass their tests and final exams before you can be offered 100 level admission. They also want you to pass JAMB UTME. By this, you must have at least the JAMB national cut off mark or the cut-off mark declared by your school for her predegree or remedial candidates.
Only on these conditions, you will be offered admission to 100 level.
8. How much is the pre-degree programme fee?
No general or conventional tuition for the course. Your university reserves the right to set the tuition and change it anytime.
But you should be preparing between #100,000 to #200,000 for your tuition depending on the university.
9. Do polytechnics and colleges of education run the programme?
But they don’t call it pre-degree rather, it’s preliminary (prelim, Pre-ND, or Pre-NCE).
Generally, the pre-ND or -NCE is conducted the same as the university’s predegree.
This is well explained in the post, “Predegree Course: Understand Admission into PDS, PD or Remedial Programmes“
10. Do I need to Write UTME or Post UTME with Predegree?
Generally, all schools make buying UTME forms and partaking in the JAMB UTME compulsory. Some universities don’t require their pre-degree students to participate in the post UTME.
Some schools require the two for their students e.g Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, University of Ilorin, Adekunle Ajasin University, etc. In most cases, pre-degree participants must also take part in the post UTME/screening exercises of their universities.
You should find out the modalities being used by your proposed institution before being admitted or during the programme.
No bypass for JAMB UTME unless you consider A’level programmes like IJMB, JUPEB, NABTEB Advanced, Cambridge Advance, etc.
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