WAEC, JAMB Subject Combinations for Igbo

O Level & A Level Requirement – Subject Combination for Igbo; including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering the Course, WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB UTME, Direct Entry, IJBM, JUPEB, CAMBRIDGE, NABTEB, Course Description and Career Opportunities



  • JAMB officially classified this course under Faculty/School/College of Arts.
  • Probable Degree type–B.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)

The admission requirement to study Igbo in Nigeria Universities includes one or a combination of ‘O’ level results or A-level result if you’re going through Direct Entry. This page will literally answer questions such as WAEC subject combination, JAMB UTME subject combination, Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers), where you can work with the degree and the required documents for admission into Nigeria universities. If you’re still having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that may be of benefit to you.


What is O level/WAEC subject combination (requirement) for Igbo?
The subjects needed to study Igbo in WAEC must contain five (5) credit. This subject combination is also applicable to NECO AND GCE… The O level requirement that is the compulsory WAEC subject combination for Igbo must include:

  1. Igbo
  2. English Language
  3. Any other Arts subject
  4. A trade subject


What is JAMB UTME subject combination (subject needed) for Igbo?
You should aim for a score of 180 – 200 and above in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just an advice) because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider College of Education or Polytechnic… Please note – JAMB is not the only option for admission. If you’re having troubles JAMB UTME maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND or Predegree. JAMB UTME subject combination (subject to write in jamb) for Igbo are

  1. Igbo
  2. Two subjects from Arts and social Sciences


What is Direct Entry requirement (that is the required A-level result you need) to study Igbo?
(i) Two ‘A’ level passes in Igbo and one Arts/Social Science subject.
(ii)NCE in Igbo and one Arts subject


Just a reminder: Everything you have read so far is a general requirement, it is expedient that you also check the special consideration for this course below. If for some reasons you are not satisfied or cannot meet up with the subject combination above, perhaps you should consider taking a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related course subject requirements. You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad. Education is now a choice.


So now that you know the compulsory WAEC, JAMB subject combination for Igbo, (which is also applicable to NECO and GCE) as well as A-level result/certificate. Do you know which Universities in Nigeria offer Igbo?

List of Nigeria Universities offering Igbo include:

  1. Abia State University, Uturu
  2. ANSU
  3. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki Click to read conditions
  4. University of Ibadan (UI) Click to read conditions
  5. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil Click to read conditions
  6. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) (offers it as African and Asian Studies)


Where can I work with a Degree in Igbo? 
I believe you now know the subjects required to study Igbo. I urge you to also find out where you can work with the degree. Please take your time to read The Act of Getting a Job – so you would know what you’re up against after graduating. Career opportunities will be added soon.


The SSCE O level and A-level subject needed to study Igbo have been listed above but, some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results. You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for this course if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for this course had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar.

Special Consideration

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Igbo?
(i) University of Ibadan (UI) accepts NCE to include Igbo and another Arts or Social Science subject at merit /credit level. Accepts also At least 2 ‘A’ level pass to include Yoruba and another Arts or Social Science subject.

(ii) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires not less than grade ‘D’ in ‘A’ level or NCE in Igbo and the other A/L subject to be from History, French, Yoruba Hausa, CRK/IRS, Literature-in-English and Govt/Economics.

(iii) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) accepts A’ level or NCE (Merit) passes in at least one language and one other subject plus UTME requirement..

(iv) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires the other Arts subjects to be chosen from History. Lit in English, CRK/IRS, Hausa, Yoruba, French and Govt/Economics. Also accepts NCE plus UTME requirements.

(v) Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU) accepts ‘A’ level/NCE (merit).

(vi) University of Benin (UNIBEN) requires at least two ‘A’ level pass in GCE or HSC or a recognised equivalent in any two Arts subject: it accepts NCE with an overall Merit level passes in any two Arts subject from a recognised institution.

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration (waiver) to study Igbo?
(i) University of Lagos (UNILAG) require English Language, Igbo and any one of French, History, Lit in English, Yoruba Music and CRK/IRS Geography, Govt., Econs, Business Management, Commerce, Fine Arts and Biology.

(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5 or 6 ‘O’ level credit passes at one or two sittings to include English Language and two Arts other subjects one of which must be Igbo.

(iii) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) requires 5 O’ Level credit passes to include English language and one Science subject. Candidates for Linguistics must possess a credit pass in Literature in English while candidates for linguistics and Nigerian Language must possess a credit pass in the Nigerian language to be combined with linguistics.

(iv) Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife (OAU) requires five credit passes in English language, one Arts subject and three other subjects from Sciences, Social Sciences or Arts.

What is Jamb UTME Special Consideration (waiver) to study gbo?
(i) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires Igbo, and any two from Geography, Yoruba, History, Lit. in English, CRK/IRS, French, Govt / Economics, Commerce and Fine Arts and Biology.

(ii) University of Benin (UNIBEN) requires two Arts subjects and any other subject.

(iii) Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) accepts Chinese in lieu of Igbo.

(iv) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) requires Igbo or any other Language and any two other subjects. For Linguistics (Option), requires Literature in English and 2 other subject.

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