If you are a JAMB candidate and have made up your mind to study Psychology, this post is for you. Of course, it’s not going to be a lengthy one but I promise to give you the salient information you need if you must succeed. So I will be educating you on what the Psychology course is all about. Thereafter, I will tell you the subjects for Psychology in JAMB (i.e. the JAMB subject combination for Psychology) and all the subjects needed for Psychology in secondary school. In addition to the WAEC subjects for Psychology, you will also see the Direct Entry (DE) subject requirements for Psychology and other information you need to successfully gain admission.
One of the biggest challenges that Nigerian secondary school leavers face is making the right choice of a course to study at the tertiary level.
Of course, there are hundreds of courses out there and this fact is the primary reason for the confusion of many. A lot of them want to know what certain courses are all about. They seem to have interest in a number of courses based on what they think they have discovered about themselves. Or maybe because they heard there are many job opportunities and they’d be rich after studying this course or that course.
I’m writing this post for those who have reasons to believe that they have to study Psychology. I want to tell you what the course is all about, the WAEC and JAMB subject combination for Psychology and the brochure for various institutions. Thereafter, I will show you some of the career opportunities in Psychology.
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What is Psychology?
So what’s Psychology course all about?
Psychology is a course that helps us understand how our minds work and why people behave the way they do. It examines thoughts, feelings and behaviors to uncover the underlying secrets of the human mind.
In psychology, you’d learn about emotions, memory and how the human brain makes decisions. You’ll also study different types of personalities and how they develop.
Psychology is not just about individuals; it also looks at groups and cultures. So as a Psychology student, you’d learn how people’s surroundings and experiences shape them. You’d get to the point where you’d become like a detective as you try to understand hidden feelings and motivations.
The course uses different experimental methods in research to discover new things about the mind. This is why Psychologists are able to see the world from different perspectives.
By the time you are graduating from Psychology, you will understand yourself and the people around you better.
Course Duration for Psychology
Psychology is a four year course for candidates who gain admission via the UTME mode. But those admitted via Direct Entry study it for three years. So the course duration for Psychology varies depending on your mode of entry.
Let’s continue to the next sections as we discuss the WAEC and JAMB subject combination for Psychology.
WAEC and JAMB Subject Combination for Psychology
If you desire to study Psychology in a Nigerian tertiary institution, you must understand the importance of entering the right JAMB subject combination during JAMB online registration. This also applies to your O’level subject combination.
Actually, if you fail to choose the correct subject combination for Psychology, you will not be offered admission no matter how well you perform in your UTME. Sadly, this has been one of the reasons why many bright prospective university students lose their much-desired admission.
If you go through most of my writings on this website, you will notice that one of my visions is to guide aspirants properly. Because with proper guidance, you will avoid many mistakes and pitfalls in your search for admission.
So let me give you the correct JAMB subject combination for Psychology.
JAMB Subject Combination for Psychology
What is the JAMB subject combination for Psychology?
The correct JAMB subject combination for Psychology is Use of English, Biology, and any two other social science or Arts subjects.
Now, let me explain this a little bit.
Test of Use of English is compulsory for all JAMB candidates regardless of their prospective course. Hence, it is already an automatic part of the subjects required for Psychology in JAMB.
But for Psychology aspirants, there is one other compulsory subject. That is, Biology. Please make no mistakes about this. If you must be admitted to study Psychology in a Nigerian tertiary institution, you must write Use of English and Biology.
The candidate can select any two of the following arts or social sciences subjects to make up the subjects for Psychology in JAMB: Government, Literature, Economics, CRS/IRS, Geography and so on.
This means that you can pick any two subjects from the list above to complete your JAMB subjects for Psychology. If you are wise, you will select your best two out of the list.
Typically for most aspirants, the subjects needed to study Psychology are Use of English, Biology, Government, and Economics.
Many others still prefer this JAMB subject combination for Psychology: Use of English, Biology, Government, CRS/IRS.
Any one of them is okay as long as English and Biology are there.
Read Also: JAMB Brochure for Psychology
Institution-specific Subject Requirements for Psychology in JAMB
(i) UNIUYO, RENAISSANCE, OAU and EKSU require Biology.
(ii) OAU requires any three subjects from Mathematics, Geography, Economics, Government, Biology, Chemistry or Physics.
(iii) UI – Any three subjects
(iv) ESUTECH requires Biology and any two other Social Science or Arts subjects.
(v) UNILAG requires any three (3) subjects from Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Government and Literature in English.
(vi) EBSU requires Government and Economics.
(vii) LASU requires Economics.
(viii) DELSU requires Mathematics and Biology.
(ix) FED-OYEEKITI require Government/History plus two other subjects
(x) UNN requires Biology and any other two subjects.
(xi) EBSU requires Biology and any two of Economics, History, Government, other social science and science subjects.
Other Courses you Can Study with JAMB Subject Combination for Psychology
There are several other courses that have the same JAMB subject combination as Psychology. In other words, you can choose the same JAMB subject combination for Psychology when applying for any of them. More so, you can confidently apply for them for supplementary admission in case you missed merit admission for Psychology.
The following courses have the same JAMB subject combination as Psychology:
- Home Economics Education
- Library and Information Science
WAEC Subject Combination for Psychology
Now you need to understand that beyond choosing the right JAMB subject combination for Psychology, there are other requirements for admission.
You must also meet the necessary O’level requirements. This means that you must have credited the necessary subjects in your SSCE in order to qualify for admission. Otherwise, you will not be offered admission.
You want to ask what are the subjects needed for Psychology in WAEC? In other words, what is the right WAEC subject combination for a secondary school student who wishes to study Psychology?
The table below gives the nine subjects required for Psychology in WAEC:
|WAEC Subjects for Psychology
|Biology or Health Science
|Government or History
|A trade subject
The first five subjects above are your core subjects and you must ensure that you register them. Your core subjects, as a Psychology aspirant, are the essential O’level subjects that form the foundation of Psychology.
You must strive to obtain five credits in your core O’level subjects in order to qualify for admission into Psychology.
Note: The WAEC subject combination given above for Psychology is also applicable for all other O’level exams including NECO, NABTEB and so on.
Institution-specific Requirements on WAEC Subjects for Psychology
(i) UNIJOS requires five credit passes to include Mathematics, English Language and Biology.
(ii) UNN requires credit passes in English Language, Biology or Health Science, and any other three subjects plus, at least a pass in Mathematics or Statistics.
(iii) UI accepts Science subjects with a pass in Mathematics.
(iv) OAU requires credit passes English Language, Mathematics, Biology and any two other subjects from Geography, Economics, Government, Chemistry and Physics.
(v) UNIUYO, AAUA and IMSU require credit passes in English Language, Biology/Health Science plus a pass in Mathematics. AAUA accepts (credit in Biology) only
(vi) UNIZIK requires similar requirements as for Economics, for both Direct Entry and UTME applicants but a pass in Mathematics is acceptable.
(vii) GO requires five credit passes to include English language, Mathematics, Biology and any other two (2) Science, Social Science or Arts subject at not more than one(1) sitting
(viii) AAU requires five credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Biology and two other subjects
Other Requirements to Study Psychology in Nigeria
Now you need to understand that beyond choosing the right JAMB subject combination for Psychology, there are other requirements for admission. You must also meet the necessary O’level requirements. This means that you must have credited the necessary subjects in your SSCE in order to qualify for admission. Otherwise, you will not be offered admission.
Below is an outline of the requirements to study Psychology in Nigeria:
- Credit passes in SSCE in five (5) core subjects including English and Biology in not more than two sittings. Some schools may require one sitting.
- Have the correct JAMB subject combination for Psychology.
- Candidate must have attained the age of sixteen (16) by the 31st day of October in the admission year.
- Meet the prospective school’s departmental cut off mark for Psychology.
Note that sometimes, these other requirements vary with respect to institutions. So you will need to Click this Link to read other important requirements for admission into Psychology as they have to do with your prospective institution. That is, the institution you have in mind to attend.
This is very important as you will find more answers to the questions you might have concerning Psychology.
Requirements to Study Psychology Through Direct Entry
Beyond the UTME mode, candidates can gain admission to study Psychology through Direct Entry for a duration of 3 years. But candidates who wish to be admitted into Psychology via Direct Entry must have one of the following requirements:
- IJMB certificate. Universities that Accept IJMB for 200 Level Admission
- JUPEB certificate.
- Any two A’ level passes plus UTME requirements.
- Two year Diploma plus UTME requirements.
- Registered Nurse certificate plus credit in Biology/ Health Science and at least a pass in Mathematics or Statistics plus UTME requirements.
Ensure that you go through the latest JAMB Brochure to see all the remarks and waivers for Psychology in different Nigerian Universities. Take advantage of the ones that favor you.
List of Universities that Offer Psychology Course in Nigeria
There are many notable private, state and federal universities that offer Psychology in Nigeria. Here is a list of some of them…
- Adekunle Ajasin University
- Afe Babalola University
- Anambra State University
- Baze University
- Benue State University
- Caleb University
- Caritas University
- Chrisland University
- Christopher University
- Covenant University
- Delta State University
- Ebonyi State University
- Enugu State University Of Science And Technology
- Federal University Gashua
- Godfrey Okoye University
- Federal University, Ndufu-alike
- Federal University, Oye-ekiti
- Imo State University
- Lagos State University
- Lead City University
- Madonna University
- Nasarawa State University
- Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State
- Obafemi Awolowo University
- Olabisi Onabanjo University
- Renaissance University
- University of Ibadan
- University of Ilorin
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University
- University of Jos
- University of Lagos
- Redeemer’s University
- University of Nigeria
- University of Uyo
Of course, the list of universities above is not exhaustive. If you wish to find other universities that offer the Psychology course, you may need to go through the Latest JAMB Brochure on this website to see their specific entry requirements and waivers.
Alright. Let me conclude by helping you with some Psychology jobs so that you will also be aware of the career opportunities available for graduates.
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Since no one plans to be jobless after graduation, career opportunities is a critical research to do before choosing a course.
So beyond knowing the JAMB subject combination for Psychology, you also need to know the career opportunities there.
The good news is that there are many career opportunities available to graduates of Psychology. More so, the field is very dynamic and constantly evolving. Hence, there are always new roles and opportunities for graduates to explore.
However, I will give you a list of 7 of the most common career opportunities for graduates of Psychology.
Career Opportunities in Psychology
The many career opportunities in Psychology can be found in various sectors. Some of the sectors include government, politics, non-profits, education, private industry and so on.
Here are some of the job titles and fields:
- Clinical Psychologist
- School Psychologist
- Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
- Counseling Psychologist
- Forensic Psychologist
- Health Psychologist
- Sports Psychologist
Frequently Asked Questions About JAMB Subject Combination for Psychology
Is Literature Compulsory for Psychology in JAMB?
No, Literature is not compulsory for Psychology in JAMB. This means that you must not choose Literature as one of your JAMB subject combination for Psychology.
Can I Study Psychology Without Literature in WAEC?
Yes, you can study Psychology without Literature in your WAEC. Literature is not one of the five core O’level subjects for Psychology. So if Psychology is your prospective course and you are not too comfortable with Literature, you can decide not to offer it.
Can I Study Psychology Without Commerce in JAMB?
YES, you can study Psychology without Commerce. But you will have to replace Commerce with other Art or Social Science subject.
Is Mathematics Compulsory for Psychology in JAMB?
No, Mathematics is not a compulsory subject for Psychology in JAMB but it is important that you make at least a Pass in Math in your WAEC. So ensure that you work hard on your O’level Mathematics for WAEC while you ignore it for JAMB.
Is Government Compulsory for Psychology in JAMB?
No, Government is not a compulsory subject for aspirants who wish to gain admission into Psychology. So you MUST NOT choose it as one of your JAMB subject combination for Psychology. However, Government is accepted as one of the Social Science subjects you can use to make up your four subjects for Psychology.
Is Economics Compulsory for Psychology in JAMB?
No, Economics is not a compulsory subject for aspirants who wish to gain admission into Psychology. So you MUST NOT choose it as one of your JAMB subject combination for Psychology. However, Economics is accepted as one of the Social Science subjects you can use to make up your four subjects for Psychology.
What are the Compulsory Subjects for Psychology?
There are only two compulsory subjects for Psychology in JAMB and they are Use of English and Biology or Health Science. The candidate is free to choose the remaining two from Arts or Social Science subjects.
While for WAEC, the compulsory subjects are English Language, Biology, Mathematics and any two Arts or Social Science subjects.
What are the Subject Needed for Psychology in JAMB?
The subjects needed to study Psychology in JAMB are Use of English, Biology and any two Arts or Social Science subjects.
JAMB Subject Combination for Psychology?
The correct JAMB subject combination for Psychology is Use of English, Biology and two Social Science or Arts subjects.
Is there Psychology in JAMB Subjects?
No, there is no subject called Psychology in JAMB examinations. The only subjects you can sit for in JAMB if you want to study Psychology are the ones listed above.
Conclusion of the Article: “JAMB Subject Combination for Psychology”
In this article, we set out to discuss the JAMB subject combination for Psychology. We did justice to that and still went ahead to arm you with other salient information. Below is a table that summarizes the main points in this post.
|Summary of the Requirements for Psychology Course
|9 O Level Subjects to Study Psychology
|Direct Entry Requirement
|JAMB Subjects for Psychology
CRS or IRS
|[I] Any two A’ level passes plus UTME requirements. [ii] Two year Diploma plus UTME requirements. [iii] Registered Nurse certificate plus credit in Biology/ Health Science and at least a pass in Mathematics or Statistics plus UTME requirements.
|Five O’ level credits passes which must include English Language, Biology/Health Science and at least a pass in Mathematics or Statistics.
|Biology, English language, any two other social science or Arts subjects
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