WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Igbo

Last updated on July 1, 2020 by The Counselor


This page contains official 2020/2021 WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Igbo, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.


Course Igbo
Qualification B.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)
How many years 3 – 4 Years
Who can study this course Art and commercial student
Cut off mark varies
Entrance Non Competitive
Related courses Igbo related courses
Job Availability Low and Competitive
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On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Igbo. if you are a returning visitor, you can skip reading repetitive paragraphs.


You must be an Art student with a good background in Art subjects for you to study Igbo in Nigeria Universities, and that’s can only be possible if you meet admission requirements. This page literally covers answers to questions related to O level and A-level admission requirement.

That is, the WAEC subject combination (requirements), JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements), Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers) and the required screening documents for admission into Nigeria universities. In other to help you avoid having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Igbo

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Igbo in Nigeria universities. These subjects combination are also applicable to other O’level exams such as NECO AND GCE. The O level requirement, that is, the required WAEC subject combination for Igbo must include:

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

These listed subjects are compulsory for anyone writing WAEC and other O level examinations. I will advise you to include a Language in your O level subjects. For the record, if you are one of those students seeking admission into any universities, college or polytechnics in Lagos State, Yoruba Language is compulsory for Igbo. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Igbo, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Igbo

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions. Now I’m going to show you the compulsory JAMB subjects for Igbo that you must register and I will honestly advise you to aim for a score of 200 and above in JAMB UTME instead of 180 to be on a safe side because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider the College of Education or Polytechnic… Read how to answer and pass JAMB once.

Please note– If Mathematics is not listed among the Jamb subject on this post, then Mathematics is not compulsory for this course. JAMB is not the only option to gain admission into Nigerian Universities to study Igbo. If you’re having troubles with JAMB UTME, maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

 JAMB UTME subject combination to study Igbo must include:

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


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Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Igbo

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Igbo, you are expected to have;

(i) Two ‘A’ level passes in Igbo and one Arts/Social Science subject.
(ii) NCE in Igbo and one Arts subject


If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same with the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study Igbo, don’t give up. You should consider other Igbo similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related courses.

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. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university

These are the list of Universities offering Igbo in Nigeria

  1. Abia State University, Uturu
  2. ANSU
  3. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  4. University of Ibadan (UI)
  5. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
  6. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)


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Cut-off Mark for Igbo course

The cut-off mark for Igbo varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Igbo is a good course and you can also check the top best Art courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.


Igbo is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Igbo at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Igbo for four years. If you gain admission through direct entry, you will study this course for three years. And of course there is room for more years if you have extension; the aftermath of carryover courses.


Igbo is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Igbo is under the Faculty/School/College of Art but may be under a different faculty in some universities in Nigeria.


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Can a science or commercial student study Igbo?

Yes! If you are a science or a commercial student, you can study Igbo at the university provided you have the required subjects combination in your O level result. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects to fit your desired course during WAEC registration because some schools may go against it.

Also, during WAEC or NECO registration make sure you know which subjects are been registered for you because some secondary schools are ignorant about the importance of O level requirements for university courses. Another alternative way to register the required subject combinations for Igbo is through GCE.


Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Igbo in WAEC. But note this — 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 Igbo below if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for Igbo 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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