WAEC, JAMB Subject Combinations for Arabic Studies

O Level & A Level Requirement – Subject Combination for Arabic Studies; including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering the Course, WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB UTME, Direct Entry, IJBM, JUPEB, CAMBRIDGE, NABTEB, Course Description and Career Opportunities 



  • JAMB officially classified this course under Faculty/School/College of Arts.
  • Probable Degree type–B.A. B.Sc. (Hons.)

The admission requirement to study Arabic Studies in Nigeria Universities includes one or a combination of ‘O’ level results or A-level result if you’re going through Direct Entry. This page will literally answer questions such as WAEC subject combination, JAMB UTME subject combination, Direct Entry requirements, Special consideration (waivers), where you can work with the degree and the required documents for admission into Nigeria universities. If you’re still having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some post that may be of benefit to you.


What is O level/WAEC subject combination (requirement) for Arabic Studies?
The subjects needed to study Arabic Studies in WAEC must contain five (5) credit. This subject combination is also applicable to NECO AND GCE… The O level requirement that is the compulsory WAEC subject combination for Arabic Studies must include:

  1. English Language
  2. Arabic
  3. And three other relevant subjects.
  4. A trade subject


What is JAMB UTME subject combination (subject needed) for Arabic Studies?
You should aim for a score of 180 – 200 and above in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just an advice) because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider College of Education or Polytechnic… Please note – JAMB is not the only option for admission. If you’re having troubles JAMB UTME maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND or Predegree. JAMB UTME subject combination (subject to write in jamb) for Arabic Studies are

  1. Arabic
  2. Two subjects from Arts and/or Social Sciences


What is Direct Entry requirement (that is the required A-level result you need) to study Arabic Studies?
Two ‘A’ level passes in Arabic and any other Art subject.

Just a reminder: Everything you have read so far is a general requirement, it is expedient that you also check the special consideration for this course below. If for some reasons you are not satisfied or cannot meet up with the subject combination above, perhaps you should consider taking 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.


So now that you know the compulsory WAEC, JAMB subject combination for Arabic Studies, (which is also applicable to NECO and GCE) as well as A-level result/certificate. Do you know which Universities in Nigeria offer Arabic Studies?

List of Nigeria Universities offering Arabic Studies include:

  1. Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
  2. University of Abuja, Gwagwalada
  3. Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
  4. Yobe State University, Damaturu
  5. Bauchi State University, Gadau
  6. Bayero University, Kano Click to read conditions
  7. University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) Click to read conditions
  8. Fountain University, Oshogbo
  9. University of Jos (UNIJOS) Click to read conditions
  10. Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU) Click to read conditions
  11. Umaru Musa Yaradua University Katsina
  12. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  13. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBU)
  14. Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) Click to read conditions
  15. University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID)
  16. Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK).

Where can I work with a Degree in Arabic Studies? 
I believe you now know the subjects required to study Arabic Studies does not limit you to a pArabic Studiesicular work environment. Career opportunities will added soon


The SSCE O level and A-level subject needed to study Arabic Studies have been listed above but, some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results. You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for this course if available. Please take note that when you see Check, it simply means the special consideration for this course had been merge with a related course to save space. So it is advisable to click the link or search with the search bar.

Special Consideration

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration (waiver) to study Arabic Studies?
(i) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria accepts: (a) Its Diploma at Credit level Arabic Studies. (b) NCE in Arabic with a minimum of Merit Pass.

(ii) University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) accepts Diploma at credit level plus UTME requirements.

(iii) Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin and University of Ibadan (UI) accept Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies.

(iv) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) accepts (a) Two ‘A’ Level Passes in Arabic and any other Arts subject plus five other related Arts subject at GCE ‘O’ Level or SSCE Examinations (b) Holders of Certificate issued by recognized Arabic Institution who may not have written Arabic at SSCE/GCE ‘O’ Level will be considered for admission subject to the fulfillment of other entry requirements NCE (Arabic) at Merit level is also acceptable. (c) Holders of Diploma in Arabic & Islamic Studies (DAI) with Upper Credit from Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) or other recognised institutions with Credit Passes in Five other subjects including English at SSCE/GCE ‘O’ Level (d) Its own Foundation Programme Certificate.

(v) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts NCE (merit) in Arabic or Social Science subject.

(vi) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts relevant Diploma ofBayero University, Kano (BUK) University Kano satisfies both A/L and O/L admission requirements by Direct Entry. Considers candidates who do not offer Arabic at UTME but meet UTME entry requirements may be admitted into 100 level.

(vii) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) accepts IJMB, Cambridge, and Diploma in Arabic, NCE and SISC.

(viii) BUK accepts candidates with Credit pass in the Diploma in Arabic, Hausa and Islamic Studies.

(ix) University of Ibadan (UI) accepts NCE (merit) in Arabic and other Arts or Social Science subjects.

What is WAEC, NECO, GCE Special Consideration (waiver) to study Arabic Studies?
(i) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) accepts Islamic Studies in lieu of Arabic or accepts candidates who indicate interest in Foreign Language learning and possess basic knowledge or Arabic may be admitted.

(ii) Usumanu Danfodiyo University (UDUSOK) accept pass in English Language, NCE General English and a certificate in High Muslim Certificate.

(iii) Lagos State University, Ojo (LASU) accepts Certificate from recognized Arabic Institution who might have not written Arabic at SSCE ‘O’ level. (iv) University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5 ‘O’ level credit at one sittings or 6 ‘O’ level credit at two (2) sittings to include English Language, Arabic Studies and 3 or 4 other subjects in Arts/Social Science.

(v) University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) accepts any other subject in lieu of Arabic.

(vi) Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU) requires five credit at SSCE or equivalent including English Language, Arabic, Islamic Studies and two other relevant Arts courses and a pass in Mathematics

(vii) Kaduna State University, Kaduna (KASU) and Umar Musa Yar’ Adua University Katsina (UMYU) may accept Higher Islamic Studies or Senior Islamic Studies Results.

(viii) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) requires credit in English, Arabic, IRS, plus any other two Arts subjects. A certificate from a recognized Arabic school will be acceptable in lieu of O’ level Arabic

What is JAMB UTME Special Consideration (waiver) to study Arabic Studies?
(i) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) requires two other Art subjects

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