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WAEC and JAMB UTME Subject Combinations for Music


This page contains official 2022 WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Music, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.


QualificationB.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)
How many years3 – 4 Years
Who can study this courseArt and commercial student
Cut off markvaries
EntranceVery Competitive
Related coursesMusic related courses
Job AvailabilityHigh and Competitive
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On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Music. 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 Music 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.

In other words, 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 student guide articles that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Music

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

  1. Music (Not compulsory)
  2. English Language
  3. Literature
  4. Government
  5. Civic Education
  6. CRS/IRS
  7. Any other subjects
  8. 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 Music. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Music, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Music

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 Music 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 Music. 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 Music must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Literature
  3. Two other subjects.

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

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Music, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level passes to include Music

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 Music, don’t give up. You should consider other Music 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

This are the list of Universities offering Music in Nigeria

  1. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  2. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  3. Bowen University, Iwo
  4. Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
  5. Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
  6. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  7. University of Ibadan (UI)
  8. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  9. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
  11. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  12. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  13. Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
  14. University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  15. University of Uyo

I know some of you will start searching for the best university to study Music. Listen, I don’t encourage such but if you’re bent on knowing the best universities or top universities to study Music in Nigeria, Check here

Where can I work with a Degree in Music 
Due to the wide range of skills attained, music graduates find success in a huge array of professions, both music-related and non-music related. For example music teachers, performers, composers, academics, publishers, producers, arts administrators

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Cut-off Mark for Music course

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

Music is how many years course?

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

Music is under which faculty in Nigeria?

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

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

Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Music 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.

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Music
(i) University of Uyo accepts ND
(ii) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) accepts: (a) For 3 Years: i. Pass in NCE (single major), NCE (double major), and ND in music. ii. Music Society of Nigeria’s Grade V Certificate. iii. Trinity College of Music Grade V certificate iv. Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Grade V certificate. (b) For 2 Years NCE (Double Major in Music Education) not less than lower credit (Merit).
(iv) University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) – No Direct Entry.
(v) Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji in addition to UTME requirement accepts English Language and any other four Arts or Social Science plus ND and HND.
(vi) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accepts: (a) NCE in Music (double major) merit above (b) ABRSM Grade VIII Certificate (c) Certificate in Music (Ife) or
(vii) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) accepts: (a) NCE (Music) with at least merit passes (b) ND (Music/Music Technology) (c) (a) – (c) in addition to five credit passes in O’ level at not more than two sittings to include English Language and any combination of Arts and Sciences.
(viii) Bowen University, Iwo accepts A’ level pass in Mathematics or other Arts or Social Science subjects.
(xix) University of Ibadan (UI) accepts: (a) ND / HND in Music from recognized institutions with a minimum of an upper credit will be admitted into the 200 level of study. (b) An ‘A’ Level pass in Music plus any other two ‘A’ Level subjects will be admitted into the 200 level of study. (c) NCE with major in Music and any other subject with a minimum of an upper credit or merit will be admitted into the 200 level of study. d. Grade VIII Theory ABRSM or MUSON Certificate with any good HND or degree certificate will be admitted into the 200 level of study.
(xx) University of Jos (UNIJOS) accepts MUSIC major in relevant fields such as Theatre Arts, ND I MUSIC at credit level or NCE Music Education at credit/merit level/JMB A’ level in Music in addition to O’ level requirement.
(xxi) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accepts NCE in Music or ABRSM London (Grade VIII) or their equivalents.
(xxii) Mountain Top University requires two A’ level passes including English and one other language subject

(i) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and University of Uyo require candidates to pass Audition test which is held on the last Thursday and Friday of August every year
(ii) University of Uyo does not insist on Credit pass in Music at SSCE
(iii) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accepts candidate with credit in English Language and four other subjects but with no qualification or certificate in Music may be considered provided they posses UTME requirements.
(iv) Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) does not insist on credit pass in Music at O/L. Both UTME and DE candidates must pass its departmental audition test.
(v) Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) does not require credit in Music but does accepts a pass in English Language.
(vi) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) accepts NCE (merit) in Music Education, Music Technology/Music from recognized institutions.
(vii) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) requires credit in another language, African or European.
(viii) Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU) accepts HND ) Upper credit) into 300 level. Also accepts Associated Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Grade.
(ix) University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) – No Direct Ent

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration (waiver) to study Music
(i) Bowen University, Iwo accepts Music Society of Nigeria’s Grade V Certificate, Trinity College of Music Grade V certificate and Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music Grade V Certificate and other Arts or Social Science subjects.
(ii) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) and University of Ibadan (UI) – Credit pass in Music is not compulsory.
(iii) University of Uyo does not insist on Credit pass in Music at SSCE. If a candidate earns a Grade V certificate in the Associated Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) Examination or Music Society of Nigeria (MUSON) Examination, it will be an added advantage.
(iv) University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) accepts credit passes in English Language and any other four subjects (a credit pass in Music is an added advantage).
(v) University of Jos (UNIJOS) requires five O’ level credit passes to include English Language, Literature in English and any Arts/Social Science subjects at not more than two sittings.
(vi) Mountain Top University requires five O’ level credit passes in English Language and another Language (African or European) and any of a credit level pass in Music at SSCE or pass at Grade V or Higher (Local Examinations in Music) of ARRSM or equivalent.

What is UTME Jamb Special Consideration (waiver) to study Music
(i) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) accepts Music plus any two other subjects. University of Ibadan (UI) and Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK) accept any three Arts or Social Science subjects.
(ii) Bowen University, Iwo requires any of Literature in English or CRS as the other subject.
(iii) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) and University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) accept any three subjects.
(iv) Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) accepts any three subjects from Arts, Social Sciences or Sciences.
(v) Mountain Top University requires one language subject and one Social Science subject.

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  1. Good morning Sir, I really want to ask if Its compulsory to have Music in my Olevel result before I could study music in University. e.g LASU

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