WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Social Work

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O Level & A Level Requirement – Subject Combination for Social Work; including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering the Course, WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB UTME, Direct Entry, IJBM, JUPEB, CAMBRIDGE, NABTEB, Course Description and Career Opportunities 



  • JAMB officially classified this course under Faculty/School/College of Social and Management Studies.
  • Probable Degree type – [B.Sc. (Hons]

The admission requirement to study Social Work in Nigeria Universities includes one or a combination of ‘O’ level results or A-level result if you’re going through Direct Entry.

This page will literally answer questions such as WAEC subject combination, JAMB UTME subject combination, Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers), where you can work with the degree and the required documents for admission into Nigeria universities. If you’re still having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that may be of benefit to you.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Social Work

The subjects needed to study Social Work in WAEC must contain five (5) credit. This subject combination is also applicable to NECO AND GCE… The O level requirement that is the compulsory WAEC subject combination for Social Work must include

  1. English Language
  2. Mathematics
  3. A trade subject


Course description: Social work is a profession that is centred around people – from babies through to the older generations. Working with those of all creeds, ages and races who need help to try and make their lives better. Social workers work with individuals and families to help improve outcomes in their lives; it is a tough and responsible job.

Social workers are found all around society. A degree here opens up the chance to work in public agencies, private businesses, hospitals, clinics, schools, nursing homes, police departments, courts and more. Social work can open up areas of real power in a career. Social workers serve in government and education. Whether it’s this, or you’re offering personal therapy, you will change lives. Hopefully for the better.

Social work degree course combines traditional social work skills with the broader issues of social policy and social planning, providing expertise not just in the delivery of social services but also in the planning, development and monitoring of programs, which are appropriate to current social conditions. The program comprises professional studies with an applied orientation.


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Social Work

You should aim for a score of 180 – 200 and above in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just a piece of advice) because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider College of Education or Polytechnic… Please note – JAMB is not the only option for admission. If you’re having troubles JAMB UTME maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND or Predegree. JAMB UTME subject combinations (subjects to write in jamb) to study Social Work are

  1. Economics
  2. Mathematics
  3. Geography
  4. Any other subject


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

Two ‘A’ level passes in any subjects


Just a reminder: Everything you have read so far is a general requirement, it is expedient that you also check the special consideration for this course below. If for some reasons you are not satisfied or cannot meet up with the subject combination above, perhaps you should consider taking a 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.

So now that you know the compulsory WAEC, JAMB subject combination for Social Work, (which is also applicable to NECO and GCE) as well as A-level result/certificate.
Before you make a decision on which University to choose, please consider

  • The Fees
  • The Distance
  • The Environment
  • The Degree Certificate
  • Vulnerability to Strike
  • Acceptable O Level and A-level Result
  • Academic Calendar

See useful guides on how to choose a course and university

List of Universities in Nigeria offering Social Work are

  1. Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo
  2. University of Benin (UNIBEN)
  3. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  4. Federal University, Lafia, Nasarawa State (FULAFIA)
  5. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Click to read conditions
  6. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  7. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil Click to read conditions
  8. Redeemer’s University, Mowe
  9. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  10. The University of Ibadan (UI)


Where can I work with a Degree in Social Work 
I believe you now know the subjects required to study Social Work. I urge you to also find out where you can work with the degree. Please take your time to read The Act of Getting a Job – so you would know what you’re up against after graduating.

The Bachelor of Social Work equips you to work in a wide range of areas related to the provision of welfare services. Potential roles include community services project officer, case manager, advocacy worker, mental health worker and social research officer. Social workers are employed in government departments, hospitals, health and community centres, correctional services and welfare agencies. Social workers may work for the government and non-government sectors in a large project and policy-based positions.


The SSCE O level and A-level subject needed to study Social Work have been listed above. 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 this course if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for this course had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar..

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Special Consideration”] What is Direct Entry Special Consideration to study Social work
(i) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) accepts two ‘A’ level passes plus UTME requirement.

(ii) University of Benin (UNIBEN) accepts in addition to O’ level requirements either (a) Two A’ level passes to include Government or History. (b) National Diploma (ND) with at least an Upper credit-level pass in relevant discipline from a recognised Polytechnic or College of Technology. (c) Higher National Diploma (HND) with at least a Lower credit level pass in relevant discipline from a recognised polytechnic or college of Technology. (d) National Certificate of Education (NCE) with at least a credit – level pass in a Social Science subject from a recognised College of Education. In addition, candidates should have at least an overall merit level pass.

(iii) University of Lagos (UNILAG) accepts; (a) Very good passes in three (3) JUPEB/A-LEVEL subjects: Any three (3) of Economics, Government, Geography, History and CRS/IRS. (b) Candidates must satisfy O/Level requirement.

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration to study Social work
(i) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires credit passes in English Language, Mathematics, and any two of Economics, Government/History, Civic Education and Geography and one of Literature-in-English, CRK/IRK, any Nigerian Language and Biology.

(ii) University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) requires Five O’ level credit passes which must include English Language and any three Arts or Social Science Subjects.

(iii) Redeemer’s University, Mowe requires Five ‘O’ Level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics and three subjects in Social Sciences or Arts.

(iv) University of Calabar (UNICAL) same as in Sociology.

(v) University of Benin (UNIBEN) requires five O’ level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Economics, Government, Geography or any other Social Science subject.

What is JAMB UTME Special Consideration to study Social work
(I) University of Lagos (UNILAG) requires two Social Sciences subjects and one Arts subject. Mathematics is accepted.

(ii) University of Calabar (UNICAL) and University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) require Any three Social Science or Arts Subjects.

(iii) University of Benin (UNIBEN) requires two Social Science subjects and any other subject

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