This page contains 2024 WAEC and JAMB subject combination (admission requirements) for Social Work, including the list of Nigeria universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more.


CourseSocial Work
Qualification[B.Sc. (Hons]
Duration3 – 4 Years
SuitabilityArt and Commercial Students
Cut off markVaries

Is Social Work a good course in Nigeria?

No. Social Work is one of the oldest degrees in the world with fewer job roles to explore. A person working as a Social Worker in Nigeria typically earns around 104,000 NGN per month. Salaries range from 55,000 NGN (lowest) to 158,000 NGN (highest).

A Social Work degree is not competitive and this course is popular amongst art and commercial students in secondary school. From our records, 14 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

So while you are here to get information on the O level subject combination for Social Work, we also expect you consider the total number of students currently studying Social Work 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.

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WAEC Subject Combination For Social Work

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Social Work 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 Social Work 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 you can gain admission. Any subject with blue colour means, a pass is allowed.

If however, 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 Social Work are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject 
  • Economics
  • Government
  • Geography/Biology
  • Any Nigerian Language

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 Social Work, don’t give up. You should consider other Social Work similar courses or take 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. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please read useful guides on how to choose a course and university


JAMB subject combination for Social Work

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 Social Work. You can still gain admission if you score between 150-170 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 Social Work are:

  • English
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
  • Biology/Geography

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

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

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These are the list of Universities offering Social Work in Nigeria

  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)
  6. University of Lagos (UNILAG)
  7. Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
  8. Redeemer’s University, Mowe
  9. The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
  10. The University of Ibadan (UI)
  11. Lead University Ibadan
  12. Nigerian Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State
  13. Fountain University
  14. Afe Babalola University (Offer as Social Justice)
Estimated number of students currently studying Social Work in Nigerian Universities is 5,950
Social Work has 10% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Social Work has a 72% admission rate.


Where can I work with a Degree in Social Work? 
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.

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Social Work is how many years course and under which faculty?

Depending on your mode of entry, Social Work is a three to four years course in Nigeria. According to JAMB, Social Work is under the Faculty/School/College of Social and Management Studies but may be under a different faculty in some universities.

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Can a science or art student study Social Work?

Yes! If you are a Science, Commercial or an Art student, you can study Social Work 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 Social Work is through GCE.


Now I am confident that you know the compulsory subjects needed to study Social Work at WAEC. But note this — Some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subjects instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results.

Special Consideration to study Social work

  • 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.
  • The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) requires Five O’ level credit passes which must include English Language and any three Arts or Social Science Subjects.
  • Redeemer’s University, Mowe requires Five ‘O’ Level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics and three subjects in Social Sciences or Arts.
  • University of Calabar (UNICAL) same as in Sociology.
  • University of Benin (UNIBEN) requires five O’ level credit passes to include English Language, Mathematics, Economics, Government, Geography or any other Social Science subject.

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18 thoughts on “WAEC and JAMB Subject Combinations for Social Work”

  1. I don’t offer any of geography and biology. These are my courses English Language, Mathematics , Igbo language, civc education, government, marketing, economics, CRK, and literature in English.can I study social work with these?

      1. Emmanuel Abayomi Fakiya

        Can I study social Work with this o’level combination?

        Mathematics, English, Economics, Agriculture science, Chemistry, Physics?

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