This page contains 2023 WAEC and JAMB subject combinations (admission requirements) for English Language, including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering this Course, A level requirements and much more.


CourseEnglish Language
QualificationB.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)
How many years3 – 4 Years
Who can study this courseArt and commercial student

Is English Language a good course in Nigeria and what is the salary?

Yes, English Language is a good course in Nigeria and has plenty of job roles to explore. There is no standard salary for any job in Nigeria. It depends on where you get the job. English Language graduates typically earn between ₦36,000 and ₦350,000 net per month

English Language course is competitive and quite popular amongst students in secondary school. From our records, 69 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for English Language, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying English Language and the employment rate we will show you below so that you will know what you are up against when you choose to study this course.

We have some student guide articles that will be of benefit to you.

Course description:

English as a language we would recognise today was first spoken in early medieval times and is now one of the most spoken on earth. You get to read novels and poems instead of textbooks and reports. If you’re someone who spends their summers with their nose in a book or writing short stories, you already know this is for you.

And of course, there is more to English than just reading your favourite books, and if you’ve never read anything more complex than Harry Potter then you may want to expand your mind. Analysing takes brainpower. English is more than crusty old volumes of Chaucer and Shakespeare. There will be an opportunity to study modern literature, theatre, film, or even do a bit of creative writing yourself. It’s a malleable degree.

WAEC Subject Combinations For English Language

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a English Language degree. You can register for less than 9 subjects if you are resitting.

However, you must have at least 5 credit passes amongst the 9 subjects listed below before you can gain admission into any Nigerian university to study for a English Language degree.

Remember, the requirement you’re about to read is also applicable to all o level examinations. (WAEC, NECO and GCE). We have painstakingly highlighted (in red) the core subjects on which you must obtain credit before gaining admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If you fail one of the core subjects, you should read through each university’s special requirements for this course below to see if there is a university that may accept another subject in lieu of the one you failed. The 9 WAEC/NECO/GCE subject combinations for English Language are:

  1. Literature in English
  2. Government
  3. Mathematics
  4. English Language
  5. History
  6. Civic Education
  7. CRK/IRS
  8. Biology
  9. A trade subject

If you have your O level result already and the subjects you have is not the same as the admission requirement that is the required O level subject combinations to study English Language, don’t give up. You should consider other English Language similar courses or 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. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read valuable guides on how to choose a course and university

JAMB subject combination for English Language

For this degree, you are also required to register for 4 subjects and English is compulsory. More so, your JAMB score in addition to your POST UTME score will determine the cumulative score that the university will use to decide your candidacy for admission.

You should score 180 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study English Language. You can still gain admission if you score between 160-170 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher. Try out JAMB Admission Simulator.

The 4 JAMB subject combination for English Language is:

  1. English Language
  2. Government
  3. Literature in English
  4. CRK/IRS

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List of Universities offering English Language in Nigeria

  1. Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma
  2. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  3. Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
  4. Augustine University
  5. Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan (ACU)
  6. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  7. Arthur Javis University Akpoyubo Cross River State
  8. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
  9. Adeleke University Ede (AUE)
  10. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  11. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  12. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  13. Bayero University, Kano
  14. Bowen University, Iwo
  15. ECWA Bingham University, New Karu
  16. Benson Idahosa University, Benin City
  17. Benue State University, Makurdi
  18. Caritas University, Enugu
  19. Covenant University Ota
  20. Christopher University Mowe
  21. Clifford University Owerrinta Abia State
  22. Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji
  23. Crown Hill University Eiyenkorin, Kwara State
  24. Edo University Iyamo
  25. Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo
  26. Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin
  27. Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State (FULOKOJA)
  28. Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State
  29. Federal University, Kashere, Gombe State (FUKASHERE)
  30. Federal University, Birnin Kebbi (FUBK)
  31. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) (with Literature)
  32. Federal University, Gusau Zamfara (FUGUS)
  33. Federal University Gashua, Yobe Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua
  34. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina
  35. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  36. Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State (FUD)
  37. Federal University, Ndifu-Alike Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
  38. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  39. Gombe State University, Gombe
  40. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  41. Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa (SLU)
  42. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  43. Al-Qalam University, Katsina
  44. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  45. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  46. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)
  47. Legacy University, Okija Anambra State
  48. Madonna University, Okija
  49. Mcpherson University, Seriki Sotayo, Ajebo
  50. Mountain Top University
  51. Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK)
  52. Northwest University Kano (NWU)
  53. Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
  54. Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
  55. Paul University, Awka – Anambra State
  56. University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT)
  57. Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU)
  58. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
  59. Redeemer’s University, Mowe
  60. Ritman University, Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom
  61. Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa
  62. Sokoto State University
  63. Taraba State University, Jalingo (TSUJ)
  64. Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK)
  65. Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU)
  66. Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS)
  67. Osun State University Osogbo (UNIOSUN)
  68. University of Uyo
  69. National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
Estimated number of students currently studying English Language in Nigerian Universities is 31,820
English Language has 45% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

English Language has 100% admission rate.

Cut-off Mark for English Language course

As you can see, more than one University offers English Language. This means the cut-off mark for English Language will vary. However, from aggregate, the cut off mark is 180. You can still gain admission if you score between 160-170 upward but you do not stand a chance with those who had scored higher.

English Language is how many years course?

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

English Language is under which faculty in Nigeria?

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

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Can a science or commercial student study English Language?

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


Special Consideration (waiver) to study English Language

  • University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benue State University, Makurdi and University of Jos (UNIJOS) accept TCII at merit level.
  • University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5 or 6 ‘O’ level credit passes at one or two sittings to include Lit-in-English, English Language, one other Art subject and any other two or three subjects from Arts, Social Sciences or Science.
  • Augustine University, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki and Covenant University Ota also require a credit in Mathematics and two other Arts or Social Science subjects.
  • Bayero University, Kano (BUK) and University of Benin (UNIBEN) require at least one other Arts subject.
  • Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA) and University of Lagos (UNILAG) require five ‘O’ level credit passes to include Literature in English, English Language, Mathematics and one other Arts subjects.
  • University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts any Arts / Social Science subjects
  • University of Port-Harcourt (UNIPORT) requires Literature in English.
  • Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State (FUD) and Redeemer’s University, Mowe accept a pass in Mathematics.
  • Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU) requires five O/Level credit passes in SSCE or its equivalent including English Language, English Literature and any other three credits from Arts or Social Science and a credit pass in Mathematics in not more than two sittings.
  • Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan (ACU) requires credit passes must include English Language, Literature in English, another Arts subject and any other two subjects.
  • Benson Idahosa University, Benin City requires the three ‘O’ Level subjects to come from either Arts or Social Science.
  • The American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN) does not offer admissions direct to 200 level programs and may transfer credits relevant to it’s major at the discretion of the Dean of school.
  • American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN) accepts: (a) A’ level passes chosen from English Language, Mathematics, Economics, Geography, Government, History, Literature in English, Further Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Visual Arts, Computer Studies, Information Technology, Civics, Environmental Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry and French. (b) ND/HND (c) IGCSE and ‘A’ level Cambridge
  • American University of Nigeria, Yola (AUN) does not accept credit passes in the following; Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Home Economics, Home Craft, Home management, Physical Education, Physical and Health Education, Music, Commerce, Accounting, Financial Accounting, Book keeping, Islamic History, Religious Studies, Tajweed, Library Studies, Diction, Kiswahili, Igbo, Hausa, English Language, Arabic, Turkish, Study skills.
  • Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU) requires Five “O” level credit passes to include Literature-in-English and English Language and one other Arts subject plus any other subject.
  • Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria requires five ‘O’ level credit passes to include Lit. in English, English Language and any other Arts or Social Science subjects.
  • Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja accepts any Arts/Social Science subject.
  • Kings University, Ode Omu (UNIKINGS) and Redeemer’s University, Mowe require five ‘O’ Level credit passes to include English Language, Literature-in-English and at least a pass in Mathematics.
  • Bayero University, Kano (BUK) requires five O’ Level Credit passes to include Literature in English, English language plus three other Arts subjects
  • Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) accepts credit passes in English Language, Literature in English plus three Arts subjects or English Language, Literature in English, two Arts subjects and one science subject or English Language, Literature in English, two social science subjects and one Arts subject.
  • Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma and the University of Uyo require a credit in Mathematics and other two subjects.
  • Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa State (FUD) accepts five SSCE Credit passes to include English, Mathematics, and two Arts subjects and one Social Sciences. English Literature is an added advantage.
  • Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa, Jigawa (SLU) accepts five SSCE Credit passes to include English, one Arts subjects and another Arts or Social Science subject.
  • Edwin Clark University, Kaigbodo also requires credit pass in Government.
  • University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, Literature-in-English and any two French, History/Government, CRS/IRS and any Nigerian Language.

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  1. I wanted studying history and international studies but dere is no geography in my O level subjects combination so m about switching to English language and i score 228 in JAMB and my JAMB subjects combination are English language, history, CRS literature in English. And my O level subjects combination are English language, history, CRS, literature in English, PHE, civic education, tourism, mathematics and my computer was cancelled in my center m i good to go please help me

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