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Ahmadu Bello University is a Federal Government Owned University in Zaria, Kaduna State. ABU was founded on October 4, 1962, as the University of Northern Nigeria. The university operates two campuses: Samaru and Kongo in Zaria. ABU has grown to become the largest, and one of the most renown and quality assuring diverse university in Nigeria. Vice-Chancellor: Professor Ibrahim Garba

 

THE ABU DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES

 

Ahmadu Bello University has some research Institutes established by law and they have the mandate to run academic diploma programmes the institutes are; the Institute of Administration, Kongo campus, Institute of Education, Samaru Main Campus, and the Institute of Developmental Research & Training (IDR). These institutes run different diploma progammes and Institutions and colleges that are found worthy of affiliation are allowed to affiliate and collaborate after they are found to have met the stringent conditions for affiliation.

In the light of the above, the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria has approved AODAC School of Preliminary and Advanced Studies, Ilorin, Kwara State, as an affiliate campus for running its diploma programmes. The collaboration, and affiliation, was necessitated to bring education and learning closer to the needing people at various locations and to ease the admission difficulty in the states. ABU Diploma students at the affiliated campus enjoy full rights and privileges as students at the main campus of the institution. The results and certificates are issued by ABU, Zaria and they bear the name of the respective hosting institute and the university. AODAC therefore, has well-equipped facility and a conducive environment to promote quality teaching and learning process.

 

The ABU Diploma programmes are 2-year intensive programmes that allow students to acquire intellectual and practical knowledge in specific courses in pursuance of further learning and personal development. The 2-year courses are divided into two sessions. Each session contains two semesters of learning. Examination is written at the end of each semester, and all the semester results are cumulated to give the final result at the end of the 4th semester. The entire semester examination questions and, results are moderated by the respective institute hosting the diploma programme while the final examination (4th semester- diploma two 2nd semester examination) is prepared and administered directly by an external examiner that will be sent from the University (ABU), Zaria.

Successful ABU Diploma students have opportunity of securing automatic admission into 200 Level in Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Thus, in this contemporary time where admission into Federal and State Universities has become an unending crisis, the ABU Diploma programme is perhaps a sure option to guarantee admission into the university. Besides, ABU usually gives greater preference to their diploma students for admission before considering external applicants.

Also, as a mother University in Nigeria, ABU certificates command wide recognition within and outside the country. The diploma certificate can as such be used to secure direct admission into some other universities in Nigeria and abroad. Therefore, students who wish to further their academic pursuits in other Universities and Polytechnics home and abroad can undergo the ABU Diploma programme.

 

PROFESSIONAL DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION (PDE)

 

The Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) is a professionalizing programme which serves to certify graduates of non-educational fields/courses in teaching or lecturing profession. Thus, the programme is useful for graduates of other fields, aside education, but who later would find themselves in education or teaching profession. The PDE would help to professionalize or certify such people in the field of education. The Minimum qualification for PDE programme is HND, B.Sc, B.A, B.Engr or equivalents. The Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) is of equivalence to Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).

List of Approved Diploma Programmes and their Entry Requirements

SN DIPLOMA PROGRAMME DURATION ENTRY REQUIREMENTS HOSTING INSTITUTE/CENTRE
1. Diploma in Christian Religious Education 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Candidates MUST possess any of the following:

a. WAEC/NECO/NABTEB SSCE/GCE with at least five credit passes in subjects including Christian Religious Studies and English Language, OR

b. Grade II Teachers’ Certificate with at least four (4) merit passes in subjects including Christian Religious Studies and English Language

Institute of Education
2. Diploma in English Language Education 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Candidates MUST have Five O/level credits in WAEC/NECO/NABTEB SSCE/GCE including English Language, Mathematics, Literature and any other two relevant subjects from Government, Economics, History, Civic, Geography and CRK/IRK Institute of Education
3. Diploma in Guidance and Counselling Education 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Candidates MUST have:

  1. WAEC/NECO/NABTEB SSCE/GCE with least five credit passes in subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any three social science subjects, OR

 

b. At least four (4) merit passes in Teachers’ Grade II Certificate, including English Language.

Institute of Education
4. Diploma in Integrated Science Education 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level (WAEC/NECO) passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Biology and any other two relevant subjects in Science Institute of Education
5. Diploma in Islamic Education 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Candidates MUST possess any of the following:

a. WAEC/NECO/NABTEB SSCE/GCE with at least five credit passes in subjects including Islamic Studies and English Language, OR

 

b. Grade II Teachers’ Certificate with at least four (4) merit passes in subjects including Islamic Studies and English Language

Institute of Education
6. Diploma in Library and Information Science (LIS) 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Applicants with any of the following qualifications may be considered for admission into the Diploma in Library and Information Science Programme:

  1. At least five credit passes at SSCE/GCE ‘O’ level in subjects including English Language and Mathematics plus any other subjects in science or social science obtained at not more than two sittings, OR

b. Grade II Teachers’ Certificate with at least merit passes in four (4) subjects including English Language and a minimum of pass in Mathematics/Arithmetic.

Institute of Education
7. Diploma in Mathematics Education 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level SSCE/GCE passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, and any other three relevant subjects in Science and/or Social Science at not more than two sittings. Institute of Education
8. Diploma in Physics Education 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level passes in WAEC/NECO/NABTEB SSCE/GCE at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Physics and any other two relevant subjects in Science and/or Social Science at not more than two sittings. Institute of Education
9. Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) Part-Time 1 Years

(2 Semesters)

Minimum of HND, B.Sc, BA or B.Engr or equivalence. Institute of Education
10. Diploma in Accounting 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five O/level credits including Mathematics, English Language, Economics, Account/Book-keeping and any other relevant social science subjects Institute of Administration
11. Diploma in Business Administration 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five O/level credits including English Language, Mathematics Economics, and any other two relevant social science subjects Institute of Administration
12. Diploma in Law 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Government/History and Literature plus any one of IRK/CRK/Economics/Civics/Geography at not more than two sittings. Institute of Administration
13. Diploma in Public Administration 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five O/level credits including English Language, Mathematics Economics/Commerce, Government and any other relevant social science subject Institute of Administration
14. Diploma in Sharia and Civil Law 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Government/History and Literature plus any one of IRK/CRK/Economics/Civics/Geography at not more than two sittings. Institute of Administration
15. Diploma in Banking 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five O/level credits including English Language, Mathematics Economics/Commerce, Government and any other relevant social science subject Institute of Administration
16. Diploma in Local Government 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five O/level credits including English Language, Mathematics Economics/Commerce, Government and any other relevant social science subject Institute of Administration
17. Higher Diploma in Local Government 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five O/level credits including English Language, Mathematics Economics/Commerce, Government and any other relevant social science subject Institute of Administration
18. Diploma in Agricultural Technology 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level WAEC/NECO/NABTEB SSCE/GCE passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Biology/Agric and any other two relevant subjects in Science and/or Social Science at not more than two sittings. College of Agriculture
19. Diploma in Computer Science 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level WAEC/NECO/NABTEB SSCE/GCE passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Physics and any other two relevant subjects in Science and/or Social Science at not more than two sittings. Computer Centre (ICC)
20. Diploma in international Relations and Strategic Studies 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level SSCE/GCE passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Government/History and Economic/Commerce plus and other subject from IRK/CRK/Civics/Geography/Literature at not more than two sittings. Faculty of Social Sciences
21. Diploma in Mass Communication 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level SSCE/GCE passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Government/History and Economic/Commerce plus and other subject from IRK/CRK/Civics/Geography/Literature at not more than two sittings. Faculty of Social Sciences
22. Diploma in Social Work and Development Studies 2 Years

(4 Semesters)

Five (5) ‘O’ level passes at Credit level in subjects which MUST include English Language, Mathematics, Government/History/Civic and Economic/Commerce plus any other subject. Faculty of Social Sciences

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