WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Linguistics

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


Course Linguistics
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 Very Competitive
Related courses Linguistics related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive
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On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Linguistics. 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 Linguistics 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 always ignore!


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Linguistics

You’re expected to have at least 5 credits on the required WAEC subject combination needed to study Linguistics 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 Linguistics must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Literature in English Language
  3. Government
  4. CRS/IRS
  5. A trade subject

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These listed subjects are compulsory for anyone writing WAEC and other O level examinations. Literature is compulsory for Linguistics. 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 Linguistics. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Linguistics, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Linguistics

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 Linguistics 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 Linguistics. 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 Linguistics must include:

  1. Any Language and two other subjects


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

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Linguistics, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level passes or NCE to include any Language, preferably an African Language.


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 Linguistics, don’t give up. You should consider other Linguistics 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 Linguistics in Nigeria

  1. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  2. Bayero University, Kano
  3. University of Ibadan (UI)
  4. Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  5. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  6. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  7. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  8. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  9. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  10. Benue State University, Makurdi
  11. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  12.  Ekiti State University
  13. University of Uyo
  14. University of Ibadan (UI) (with Yoruba)
  15. Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU) (with Igbo)
  16. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  17. Igbinedion University Okada
  18. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  19. Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS)
  20. Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
  21. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  22. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  23. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  24. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU)
  25. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)
  26. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)

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Course description: Almost everything people do involves language at some point, whether it be buying a garri, chairing a board meeting or making a friend. It is essential to human society and endeavours. People often think that Linguistics involves learning languages. In fact, it is about understanding the workings of language.

Why is it that we have different languages Why do they change over time What is the best way to learn or teach a language How does the language of literature differ from other kinds of language A Linguistics degree connects the study of language to real-world problems and their solutions. It can, therefore, prepare you for a variety of careers.

The goal of linguistics as a course is the enrichment of knowledge about the nature, grammar, and history of human language. Linguistics is a theoretical and applied discipline, akin to Linguistics, anthropology, and cognitive psychology. The core areas of linguistic theory are phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. A grammar is a system of rules that characterize the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of a natural language.

The properties of grammars are the central focus of linguistic theory. Because language is central to all humanistic disciplines, as well as to several social science areas, it is studied from many points of view. Linguistics itself cannot be said to recognize a single optimal approach to the subject; hence the courses provide a variety of approaches that reflect the diversity of the field


Where can I work with a Degree in Linguistics 
Graduates of Linguistics have gone on to a wide variety of successful careers, from relatively vocational subjects such as speech therapy or English language teaching to generic jobs such as management or public relations.


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Cut-off Mark for Linguistics course

The cut-off mark for Linguistics varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Linguistics 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.


Linguistics is how many years course?

In Nigeria, if you gain admission to study Linguistics at the university through JAMB UTME, you will study Linguistics 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.


Linguistics is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Linguistics 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 Linguistics?

Yes! If you are a science or a commercial student, you can study Linguistics 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 Linguistics is through GCE.


Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Linguistics 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 Linguistics below if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for Linguistics 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 Linguistics
(i) University of Calabar (UNICAL) accepts ND/NCE in Linguistics, Foreign Language or any Nigerian language.

(ii) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – as in Linguistics, Igbo and other Nigerian languages.

(iii) University of Jos (UNIJOS) and University of Benin (UNIBEN) – No Direct Entry.

(iv) University of Ibadan (UI) accepts (a) at least TWO ‘A’ level passes to include any language (preferably an African Language) and another Arts or Social Sciences subject. (b) NCE to include any language (preferably an African language) and another Arts or Social Science subjects at Credit or better still Merit level. University of Ibadan (UI) NOTE: A certified knowledge of another language other English will be an added advantage. For a degree in Linguistics, it is an advantage if the UTME or Direct Entry subjects include Literature in English.

(v) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires very good passes in three JUPEB/ALEVEL subjects: Yoruba/Igbo and any two (2) of History, IRS/CRS, French, Government, Music, Visual Arts and Lit- in English. (b) NCE Merit in two (2) subjects to include a Nigerian Language (c) Candidates must also satisfy the ‘O’ Level requirement.

(vi) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and University of Ibadan (UI) require ‘A’ level or NCE subjects in Arts, Social Science or Science provided not more than one of the subjects is in Social Science.

(vii) Ekiti State University: (a) requires two ‘A’ level passes or NCE at credit level in Arts, Social Science or Science to include any language preferably a Nigerian Language.

(viii) Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba accepts NCE (Lower credit/Merit) in Yoruba, Mass Communication and Journalism.

(ix) University of Uyo accept NCE merit in any Nigerian Language.

(x) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) – No Direct Entry Admissions.

(xii) Benue State University, Makurdi accepts two NCE/Advance level passes to include English Language, French or any African Language and one other Arts subjects.

(xiii) Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji accepts two ‘A’ level passes in Lit-in-English and any other Arts subjects

(xvi) Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN) requires ‘A’ level passes in English and English Literature. Accepts ND in Mass Communication and Approved equivalents in communication discipline with at least lower credit.

(xvii) Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS) accepts NCE or A’ levels in any Arts subjects.

(xviii) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts Diploma in Linguistics. Requires A’ level or NCE with a major in Language and any two Arts/Social Science/ Science subject.

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration (waiver) to study Linguistics
(i) Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS) and University of Benin (UNIBEN) require SSCE credit passes in Lit. in English, one Arts subject and at least a pass in Mathematics

(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) require ‘O’ level credit passes in Arts and Social Sciences. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires at least one Nigerian Language) or Lit. in English and one other Art subject. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts Science subject.

(iii) Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN) and University of Uyo require credit pass in Literature in English.

(iv) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires five ‘O’ level credits to include English Language, Mathematics and three (3) other subjects from Arts, Science or Social Sciences. Social Studies and Civic Education are also accepted.

(v) University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5 or 6 ‘O’ level credit passes at one or two sittings to include English Language, Arts and any other two subjects. Credit passes in African language and Mathematics will be an advantage.

(vi) Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki – requires credit pass in Mathematics and a pass in Nigerian Language will be an advantage.

(vii) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) requires O credit passes in Arts and Social Sciences. Also requires at least one Nigerian Language or Literature in English and one other Arts subjects.

(viii) Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) requires credit pass in Literature in English.

(ix) Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji requires five SSCE credit passes including English Language and Literature in English.

(x) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) – as in Linguistics, Igbo and other Nigerian languages.

(xi) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) requires credit passes in English, Literature, Mathematics (Pass), plus any other three Arts/Social Science/Science subjects

(xii) Benue State University, Makurdi requires five SSCE credit passes in Arts and Social Sciences including Literature in English Language.

(xiii) Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba requires credit passes in English, Mathematics one Language, plus any other two Arts/Social Science

What is UTME Jamb Special Consideration (waiver) to study Linguistics
(i) Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS) and University of Benin (UNIBEN) accept two Arts subjects and any other subject.

(ii) Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) require one Arts subject and any two subjects from Arts//Social Sciences.

(iii) Abia State University, Uturu accepts one Arts and two other subjects.

(iv) University of Uyo requires Literature in English and any other two Arts or Social Science subjects.

(v) University of Ibadan (UI) requires any language (preferably an African Language) and/or English Literature and/or at least one other Arts subject or Social Science subject

(vii) Benue State University, Makurdi, Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) and Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji require Literature in English plus any other two subjects

(viii) Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN) accepts any three Arts subjects.

(ix) Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba accepts any three Arts or Social Science subjects.

(x) University of Lagos (UNILAG) accepts any three (3) subjects from Arts, Science or Social Science.

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32 thoughts on “WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Linguistics”

  1. thanks for this and i will like to connect with you directly please can i get your mobile number and i also had D7 IN my english language but all other subjects are cs and Bs and i dont want to write neco can i get an admission to study linguistics or if not can you tell me any other course that can offer admission with it thanks please heres my gmail account msemebio@gmail .com please help need an advise

  2. Please i got C4 in English and what do you mean by a trade subject could it be book keeping or economics if yes i got b3 in Igbo language, C6 in economics, B3 in book -keeping. Please can I have the chance to get admission into UNN. Please send the answers to me via my phone number which is 08186094553 please sir I will appreciate you very much if you reply to my questions. And my first choice of school is UNN while I want to add Imsu as second choice thank you and God bless you N/b I didn’t do literature in English in my SSCE

  3. Pls sir can I study linguistics in unilorin by I av d7 in literature. And my second question is that Wat is the utme courses for linguistic.

  4. I didn’t write Yoruba in waec but I had d7in govt am linguistic am I good to go. And I did well in my other subjects I had A’s and B’s

  5. Hi ,I had 5 b’s and 3 c’s in my subjects except for economic I got E8 ,passed others including yoruba,first school choice is unilag. Am I good to go for linguistics

  6. Thanks for the info Sir.
    I have my WAEC (English, Maths, Physics, Biology, Economics, C.R.S, Igbo) didn’t make (Chemistry and Lit-in-Eng) Please sir, is there any course I can do with these and which school? Thanks for your anticipated response.

  7. what can l study with B2 in data processing
    c6 in biology, b2 in crs,in maths civic education ,government, is c6 then economic d7,literature f9 and c6 in English languages

  8. Hi sir .this are my results can I study linguistics
    MATHS B3
    BIOLOGY b3
    Crs c4
    Government c5
    Yoruba c4
    Book keeping c6
    Literature d7
    Civic b3

  9. my jamb course subject for linguistic is crs, English, literature in English, Yoruba but I wrote Igbo language in English waec hope I can write Yoruba in jamb


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