Psychology is a course that studies the various ways people think, act, react and interact in the community. It is the study of human and animal behaviour. Psychology is often put alongside other science subjects. However, it is also considered one of the social sciences; a subject like Biology, on the other hand, is considered one of the pure sciences.
This article provides information on questions related to admission requirements for Psychology. JAMB UTME subject combination for Psychology, O level and A-level admission requirements such as WAEC subjects required, Nigerian universities offering Psychology and other necessary information to help you in getting admission and understanding more about the course.
Admission Requirement for Psychology
Psychology is a B.Sc program which means that graduates are awarded a B.Sc degree. Psychology is such a course that cuts across the divide of arts and science. Many times arts students have been able to study the course, as long as the subjects are well combined. Read on below:
JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Psychology
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is the body that organises the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). This is a computer-based examination for prospective undergraduate students in Nigeria. The UTME is an important criterion used for into Nigerian universities and other institutions.
In JAMB, one has to take four subjects. English language is a compulsory JAMB subject for Psychology and will be combined with the other three subjects. You also must make a score above 200 so as to be safe and rest assured of admission with any Nigerian university. Students who have below 200 may be denied of admission or the chance to write a Post UTME.
- UME (University Matriculation Examination) candidates who apply for admission via JAMB are required to take the following subjects: Biology, English language and two other subjects such as Government/History, Physics, Chemistry, and Literature.
O’ level requirements for admission into Nigerian universities to study Psychology include: Five credit passes in the following subjects: English language, Biology or Health Science, Mathematics and three other subjects at Secondary School Certificate Examination/ Ordinary level General Certificate of Education (GCE) which is organized by the National Examination Council (NECO)/ the West African Examination Council (WAEC) or its equivalent.
The five credits required in the WAEC will entail the three compulsory ones which are Biology/Health Science, English language, Mathematics and either of the following:
A trade subject
Direct entry-level requirements
JAMB is not the only available option to gain admission into Nigerian Universities. If one has difficulties gaining admission via JAMB, one can also try IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND. These are often referred to as direct entry.
Candidates seeking admission via direct entry are expected to have the following requirements: In addition to the O’ level requirements must have:
- Credit passes in advanced level GCE or its equivalent in two (2) of the following subjects: Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Economics, Business, Management, Geography, History and English Literature
- A diploma from an approved or accredited institution in Nigeria.
Why study Psychology
Psychology is a highly competitive and employable degree. The services of Psychologists are often needed in many spheres and areas. Students of Psychology study and attempt to understand the mental functions of a person and how it affects the behaviour of an individual in the context of a social environment.
Psychology relies on scientific methods and experiments and helps students to understand the principles of human behaviour. Psychology requires critical thinking, the application of data and statistics, social skills and even figures.
This understanding of human behaviour has been proven useful in work environments. More so, the knowledge derived from Psychology also helps boosts family relationships helping to diagnose issues among family and friends.
Contrary to what many believe and think, the social sciences and especially psychology is not a dead end. Psychology has its branches in other courses such as law, social work, teaching, business and many more.
Other courses related to Psychology are:
- Guidance and Counselling
- Intelligence and Security Studies
- Human Resources Management
- Social work
- Human health and social work
- Retail/administrative and support
- Legal, social, and welfare professions
- Business, HR, and finance
- Marketing, PR, and sales
A psychology degree is useful and applicable in the following careers:
- Career adviser
- Human resources officer
- Market researcher
- Play therapist
- Mental health nurse
- Applied psychology
- Child psychology
- Clinical psychology
- Developmental psychology
- Educational psychology
- Experimental psychology
- Forensic psychology
- Social psychology
- Sport psychology
Courses related to Psychology
Below is a list of universities that offers Psychology in Nigeria:
- Covenant University Ota
- Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU)
- Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba
- Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State
- Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Uli
- Baze University
- Benue State University, Makurdi
- Caleb University, Lagos
- Caritas University, Enugu
- Covenant University Ota
- Chrisland University
- Christopher University Mowe
- Delta State University, Abraka (DELSU)
- Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
- Ekiti State University
- Eastern Palm University Ogboko, Imo State
- Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu (ESUT)
- Federal University Gashua, Yobe
- Umar Suleiman College of Education, Gashua
- Federal University, Ndifu-Alike, Ebonyi State (FUNAI)
- Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State
- Godfrey Okoye University, Ugwuomu-Nike – Enugu State
- University of Ibadan (UI)
- University of Ilorin (UNILORIN)
- Imo State University, Owerri (IMSU)
- University of Jos (UNIJOS)
- University of Lagos (UNILAG)
- Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU)
- Lead City University, Ibadan
- Madonna University, Okija
- Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK)
- Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna (NDA)
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife (OAU)
- Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye
- Nigeria Police Academy Wudil
- Redeemer’s University, Mowe
- Renaissance University, Enugu
- Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK)
- The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN)
- The University of Uyo.