This page contains 2023 WAEC and JAMB subject combination for Food Science including the List of Nigeria universities offering this course, A level requirements and much more


CourseFood Science
QualificationB. Agric. (B.Sc. (Hons.) B. Tech. (Hons.) B. Agric. Tech.) DVM
Duration3 – 4 Years
SuitabilityScience students

Is Food Science a good course in Nigeria and what is the salary?

Yes, Food Science is a good course in Nigeria with plenty of job roles to explore. There is no standard salary for any job in Nigeria. It depends on where you get the job. Food Technologist salaries in Nigeria range from 90,500 NGN per month to 370,000 NGN per month.

A Food Science degree is competitive and very popular amongst science students in secondary school. From our records, 4 Nigerian universities offer this degree course.

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

WAEC Subject Combination For Food Science

In WAEC, NECO or GCE, you are expected to register a maximum of 9 subjects for a Food Science 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 Food Science 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 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 Food Science are:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Civic Education 
  • Trade Subject 
  • Chemistry
  • Agricultural Science
  • Physics/Biology
  • Geography/Further Mathematics

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 Food Science, don’t give up. You should consider other Food Science 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 Food Science

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 200 or above in JAMB to stand a better chance of gaining admission to study Food Science. You can still gain admission if you score between 170-190 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 Food Science is:

    • English
    • Chemistry
    • Biology/Agricultural Science
    • Mathematics/Physics

This is the list of Universities offering Food Science in Nigeria

  1. Federal University, Dutsin-Ma, Katsina (FUDUSOK)
  2. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
  3. Bells University of Technology, Otta
  4. Federal University of Technology, Minna
Estimated number of students currently studying Food Science in Nigerian Universities is 2,0513
Food Science has 42% employment rate in Nigeria

Admission Rate:

Food Science has 45% admission rate.

Food Science is how many years course and under which faculty?

Depending on your mode of entry, Food Science is a three to four years course in Nigeria. According to JAMB, this course is under the Faculty of Agriculture

Can a commercial or art student study Food Science

No! Food Science is a science course and not suitable for commercial or art students. But if you have the required subject combination in your O level result, you can go for it if that is the course you desire to study. If you’re still in secondary school, you may find it difficult to change subjects during WAEC registration because your schools may go against it. The alternative way to write the required subjects combination for Food Science is through GCE.

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