NOUN Admissions (2020/2021): SSCE, Direct Entry, MSC, PGD etc

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I write this post to answer your questions about the National Open University of Nigeria and more.

These are questions I usually get about NOUN from my readers.

  1. What is National Open University?
  2. Is NOUN right for me?
  3. Do I need JAMB UTME to gain admission to NOU(N)
  4. What are NOUN admission requirements?
  5. What are programmes/courses offered by NOU(N)
  6. How is the programme run or conducted?
  7. Do NOUN graduates serve in the NYSC?
  8. Are NOUN Law graduates allowed to continue to Nigerian Bar? And more …

    1. What is the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)? 

    Have you heard about Distance Learning programmes before now? If not, DL is designed by various universities to bridge the gap to education for people who are working-class or people deprived admission through JAMB UTME. Those universities run such programmes on part-time or sandwich basis. The University of Abuja, University of Benin and Lagos State University were covered in my recent posts.

    In the same way, the Federal Government of Nigeria distance learning programme is the National Open University. It is aimed at helping you to achieve your degree target without leaving your job. This degree programme gives you a chance to work and study at the same time.

    2. Is National Open University Ideal for you?

    The next thing you may want to know is if such a programme is right for you.

    In a country like Nigeria, anything Federal is more recognised – we all know that. Even if people want to see it otherwise, the Federal government knows how to make it a big deal. Remember when NECO started in the year 2000, most candidates and parents were skeptical – thinking it won’t be recognised for admission in both local and foreign institutions. Now, the story is huge.

    This notion changed when the Federal government announced all institutions must accept NECO for admissions.

    I’m sure work is ongoing to ensure foreign institutions accept NECO for admissions. And you should know some universities outside are already accepting it. Some articles had been written to confirm this and I had found out particularly that foreign universities such as Brandon University, Canada are already accepting it.

    A case like this was when they said “NOUN Bsc. Nursing will not be accepted for working in any hospital”. Just recently, the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria has finally certified NOUN Nursing Programme. Do you now see the picture?

    So, don’t listen to critics saying, it won’t be recognised for jobs and the likes faults.

    Hence, if you fall to any of the categories below, consider NOUN:

    1. You have been seeking admission to conventional universities but all efforts proved abortive
    2. You have not been favoured by JAMB in UTME scores. Hence, you couldn’t secure admission elsewhere.
    3. If you’re done with BSC, HND, NCE, OND but to secure JAMB Direct Entry (DE) admission to universities becomes a tug of war.
    4. If you’re already working (or intend to start working while schooling) and no such free time for full-time classroom degree.
    Nollywood practitioners, Desmond Elliot, Ini Edo, Okey Ezugwu, and Doris Simeon, all became students of the National Open University of Nigeria
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    3. Do I need JAMB UTME to Gain Admission to NOU(N)

    No, you don’t. As earlier said, one of the problems NOUN is established to solve is the problem of not gaining admission through the UTME. The school is aware that best students are NOT determined by exams. It’s equally not really easy to be working and at the same time prepare adequately for exams like JAMB UTME. Forget UTME, they get you covered.

    4. NOUN Admission Requirements 

    What are the admission requirements? Getting admission to the school requires some perquisites. These requirements depend on your proposed programmes and courses at the school. If you must get this, let’s discuss different courses available and their requirements for admission.

    5. NOUN Available Courses/Programmes

    You can join National Open University as a 100 level, 200 level (Direct Entry) or Postgraduate applicant.

    Let’s go into details.

    6. Undergraduate Programmes – 100 Level 

    Generally, the requirements for getting admission into the National Open University of Nigeria include five (5) credits in the SSCE/GCE O’Level/NECO/NABTEB or equivalents at not more than two (2) sittings obtained in subjects relevant to the proposed field(s) of study. The five (5) credits include Credits in Mathematics, English and 3 other relevant subjects. More details can be found under programmes.

    7. Undergraduate Programmes – 200 Level

    1. National Diploma with Upper Credit from a recognised institution.
    2. National Certificate in Education (NCE) in subject(s) relevant to the proposed programme of study with a minimum of one merit and two passes.
    3. International Baccalaureates, Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB) with at least two ‘A’ Level papers in relevant subjects and pre-requisite number of ‘O’ Level credit passes.


    1.  NOUN does accept IJMB, ND, HND, NCE, Bsc for her 200 level undergraduates admission. BSc and HND holders may need to visit their intended study centres  to ask if they can be considered for 300 level instead. 
    2. You may be lucky if you have a distinction or first-class in your HND or Bsc to be given 300 level admission. 
    3. HND applicants with lower credit/pass can also be considered for admission instead of the upper credit stated above. But you will need to speak with them at your proposed study centre first. OND applicants with lower credit/pass can do the same.

    Postgraduate Diploma Programmes 

      1. To qualify for admission into any of the postgraduate programmes of the University, a candidate must meet, among others, all matriculation requirements of at least five (5) credit passes including English Language and Mathematics. Some programmes accept at least a pass in Mathematics.
      2. Candidates must possess either a minimum of pass Bachelors Degree in any discipline from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN OR a Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Lower Credit.
      3. For the Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting, the candidate must have been called to the Bar.
      4. For admission into the school of Business and Human Resource Management Postgraduate Diploma programmes, candidates with professional qualifications such as ACA, ACIS, ACIB, ACII, ACIA, etc may be considered on individual merit.

       1. Master Degree Programmes

        1. Candidates must possess either a Bachelors Degree with a minimum of second class lower in the relevant field of study from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN.
        2. However, holders of lower classification and with a minimum of 2 years of relevant post-qualification experience may be considered on individual merit OR a Postgraduate Diploma in a related field of study from a recognised University OR A Higher National Diploma with a minimum of Upper Credit in the relevant field of study. Candidate with a membership certificate of relevant professional bodies may apply for the Master of Business (MBA) programme.
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        2. Doctor of Philosophy Degree Prorammes

        Candidates must possess a masters degree in a relevant field of study from a University recognised by the Senate of the NOUN with a minimum score average of not less than 60% or a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 on a 5-point scale.

        NOUN Available Programmes and Courses 

        1. B. Agric. (Agricultural Extension and Rural Development Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
        2. B. Agric. (Crop Production and Protection Sciences Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
        3. B. Agric. (Soil and Land Resources Management Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
        4. B. Agric. (Agricultural Economics and Agro Business Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
        5. PGD Agricultural Extension and Management     Agricultural Sciences  
        6. B. Agric. (Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Option)     Agricultural Sciences  
        7. B. Agric. (Animal Science Option)     Agricultural Sciences  

        For more courses and latest updates, kindly visit the NOUN course page.

        How NOUN runs her Academic programmes

        How is the programme run? As a distant learning centre or institute, you are to learn at your own pace – as conveniently as you probably choose. Hence, here is the picture of how you will learn at the National Open University.

        1. Please note that application starts from generating RRR here and making payment online or bank. Then, return to the website to fill your form.
        2. After your application, the school will give you admission immediately. How? Their computer system will match your proposed course requirements with all application details you fill. Based on this matching, it will decide if you meet or beat their requirements. If you meet or beat the requirements, you will be allowed to print your admission letter (directly on the application portal). If however, you’re not qualified, you won’t be able to see such a letter. In this case, you may need to visit your proposed study centre and ask for a way out. They may end up allowing you to study another course you qualify for.
        3. After you’d printed your admission letter, proceed to your proposed study centre. They will conduct a physical checking of your credentials and see if everything is right. After that, you will be given some study materials. These study materials are usually softcopies – books you can download and study on your computer or mobile devices. You can equally be given some printed materials – if you’re lucky.

        Participating in NOUN TMA

        Just like other conventional universities, after you’d studied your course materials, the school will conduct one or two tests before exams. These tests, NOUN called it – TMA. You’ll be required to do TMAs – usually two or three. Note that NOUN TMA is online. You will need to visit your candidate TMA page, print out or save your questions, study them, answer them offline, then return online to answer and finally submit them. Your score is immediately displayed. The school shares some tips for learning and preparing for exams here.

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        Participate in NOUN Exams

        Exams are conducted twice a year – first and second semester. You must partake in these exams. It’s important to note that NOUN can conduct the exams online (like TMA) or at study centres across the nation.

        This is your routine for the period of your studies.

        National Open University (NOUN) FAQs

        Do NOUN Graduates serve in the NYSC? 
        NYSC has declared that they are not accepting NOUN graduates in the meantime, yet they are being issued with exclusion letters.

        You should know that NOUN is continually working on making sure their graduates serve after their programme. The school has recently joined JAMB for this process.

        More on this update later.

        Are their Law graduates allowed to continue to Nigerian Bar?
        Yes – as applicable to NYSC.

        For answers to more questions, check NOUN FAQs page

        Update: NOUN Graduates, NYSC and Nigerian Law School Issues Resolved

        What you may lack as a NOUN Student

        NOUN is for anybody who won’t mind NOT being on campus. If you’re the type who wants to be on campus to take selfies, NOUN may not be the right choice for you as it doesn’t run conventional university settings, rather study centres for the purpose of exams, counseling and guides.

        If however, you still want to enjoy campus life while running National Open University programmes, you can get friends on closer institutions around their study centres. Then, you can have access to your shots on motion ground.

        I know NOUN students on the Polytechnic Ibadan campus (since the study centre in Ibadan is so close to the Poly), also students on LAUTECH campus.


        NOUN is here to stay. And just recently, National Universities Commission (NUC) has granted approval to the National Teachers Institute (NTI) to run its degree programmes in affiliation with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). You can ask your relatives already running NTI courses.

        Another achievement as United States (US) embassy in Abuja sets to establish a partnership with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) towards enriching the programmes of the university.
        If you think you love this, then what are you waiting for?

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