WAEC and JAMB Subject for Biochemistry – Under Medicine

Last updated on January 8, 2021


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


Course Biochemistry – Under Medicine
Qualifications M.B.B.S., MB.B.Ch.B., B.D.S., B.Ch.D., Pharm.B, B.SC
Duration 4 – 5 Years
Suitability Science Students
Cut off mark Varies
Entrance Very Competitive
Related courses Biochemistry related courses
Job Availability High and Competitive


On this page, I will guide you on the required O level subject combination to study Biochemistry. if you are a returning visitor, you can skip reading repetitive paragraphs.


You must be a Science student for you to study Biochemistry 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.

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That is the O level / 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 Biochemistry

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

  1. English Language
  2. Physics
  3. Mathematics
  4. Chemistry
  5. Biology
  6. 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 Biochemistry. So now that you know the compulsory O level subject requirement to study Biochemistry, let also look at JAMB UTME and Direct requirements.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Biochemistry

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 Biochemistry that you must register (English must be included because it is compulsory even though it may not be listed among the JAMB subjects below), 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– English Language is compulsory. 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 Biochemistry. 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 Biochemistry must include:

  1. Chemistry
  2. Biology
  3. Physics


Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Biochemistry – Under Medicine

If you’re one of those seeking admission into the University to further your studies, in addition to the required WAEC subjects combination for Biochemistry, you are expected to have Two ‘A’ level passes in Chemistry and any one of Physics, Biology/Zoology/Botany, and Maths


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

  1. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  2. University of Ibadan (UI)
  3. Igbinedion University Okada
  4. University of Jos (UNIJOS)
  5. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH)
  6. Ondo State University of Medical Sciences (OSUMS)
  7. University of Uyo

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


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Cut-off Mark for Biochemistry course

As you can see, more than one University offers Biochemistry. This means the cut-off mark for Biochemistry varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Biochemistry is a good course and you can also check the top best science courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.


Biochemistry is how many years course?

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


Biochemistry is under which faculty in Nigeria?

According to JAMB, a body responsible for your admission into the University or other institutions, Biochemistry is under the Faculty/School/College of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Science but maybe under a different faculty in some universities in Nigeria.


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Can a science or art student study Biochemistry?

No! If you are a Commercial or Art student, you can’t study Biochemistry at the university. This is a pure science course. But if you are good with Science subjects, you can take your chances I won’t discourage you 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 Biochemistry is through GCE.


What is Biochemistry course all about: 

Degree in Biochemistry focuses on learning lab techniques and analyzing the lab data in reports afterwards, as well as learning background knowledge in Biology, Chemistry, Maths and IT.  It is the chemistry of substances and processes occurring in living cells and tissues. That is, to understand living organisms in terms of chemical reactions.

Biochemistry degree will provide you with the required knowledge and skills that are needed within the pharmaceutical and other biotechnology industries, medical and agricultural research, as well as in education.


Biochemistry degrees typically include topics such as:
Cell biology and signalling
Genetics and DNA
Structure and function of molecules
Proteins and membranes
Microbiology and viruses
Disease mechanisms

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Special Consideration

Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Biochemistry 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 Biochemistry below if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for Biochemistry had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar….

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to Biochemistry:
(i) University of Ibadan (UI) requires two A’ level passes from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology or Botany plus UTME requirements.

(ii) University of Benin (UNIBEN) requires three A’ level passes to include Biology/Zoology, Chemistry and Physics plus UTME requirements.

(iii) Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso (LAUTECH) accepts ‘A’ Level passes in Biology, Chemistry; and Physics or Mathematics /ND with Upper Credit /HND in related discipline (plus UTME requirements) may be considered for 200 level.

(iv) University of Calabar (UNICAL) does no t admit Direct Entry

(v) Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) requires at least ‘A’ level passes not below Grade C in Physics and any two of Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. It also accepts ND/HND (Upper Credit) in Biomedical Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical / Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Candidates must in addition meet UTME ‘O’ Level requirements. It does not accept First Degree or NCE

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration (waiver) to Biochemistry

(i) University of Calabar (UNICAL) – same as in Medicine and Surgery.

(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) – As for Medicine and Surgery.

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2 thoughts on “WAEC and JAMB Subject for Biochemistry – Under Medicine”

  1. I need an urgent help please

    I’m good in chemistry, geography, biology and physics etc. But thinking of my words medical course as an optiom to study but I need a course that Won’t involue working in hospital alone but in any research centre

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