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University of Professional Studies UPSA admission requirements for 2020/2021

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UPSA admission requirements for 2020/2021: The University of Professional Studies, Accra invites applications from qualified applicants for admission to its Undergraduate and Diploma programmes for the 2020/2021 academic year. All undergraduate applicants should take note of the following entry requirements:

 

Level 100

General Entry Requirements

  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE)
  • Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSSCE)
  • General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE)
  • American High School Grade 12 with at least Final Grade Point of 3.0
  • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)/ Cambridge GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level

 

WASSCE and SSSCE/GBCE applicants must have at least credit passes (i.e. grade A1-C6 and grade A-D respectively) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in addition to any three elective subjects.

Note 1: Current final year SHS students, who will be writing WASSCE/GBCE in May/June 2020, are also eligible to apply. They will be required to indicate correctly their WASSCE/GBCE index numbers on the online application form.

 

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)/ Cambridge GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level applicants must have at least five (5) credit passes including English and Mathematics at the GCSE/Baccalaureate/Cambridge ‘O’ Level and three relevant subjects at the ‘A’ Level.

 

Specific Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management and Finance applicants are required to have credit passes in Economics, Geography and any other elective subject.
  • Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science applicants must have credit pass in Elective Mathematics.
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Economics applicants are required to have credit passes in Economics and Elective Mathematics.
  • Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Laws programme will in addition to the above be required to pass both written examination and selection interview. The dates for the entrance examination and selection interview could be found on the menu for Admission

 

University Diploma/Higher National Diploma(HND)/ Professional and others to Degree           

Level 200

General Requirements

Category A: WAEC General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level

Passes in any three (3) subjects (at least, one of the passes should be grade D or better) at the GCE Advanced Level plus a pass in General Paper. In addition, the applicant must have had credit passes (Grade 6) or better in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any Science Subject at the GCE Ordinary (‘O’) Level.

 

Category B: Advanced Business Certificate Examinations (ABCE)

Full diploma certificate (i.e. passes in five (5) subjects including three compulsory subjects in the diploma option of the ABCE) and at least two of the passes should be grade D or better. In addition, the applicant must have had credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in the GBCE only.

 

Category C: Post-Secondary Teacher’s Certificate ‘A’/Diploma in Education Certificate in a related disciplines awarded by any institution accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB).

 

Category D: Recognized Professional Qualifications:

At least complete Level One (1) of any of the following recognized professional qualifications: ACCA (3 papers), CIB (5 papers), CIM (3 papers), CIMA (4 papers), ICAG (4 papers) and ICSA (4 papers) only. The professional qualification must be related to the programme being applied for.

 

Category E: Higher National Diploma (HND) with Second Class (Lower Division) awarded by NABPTEX in related disciplines (i.e. Accounting, Secretaryship & Management Studies, Purchasing & Supply, Marketing, Statistics, etc).

 

Category F: University/Tertiary Diploma in a related discipline with a Final Grade Point Average (FGPA) ranging from 1.00 to 2.49 awarded by any university accredited by NAB.

 

Specific/Additional Requirements

  • Applicants who qualify under Categories C, D, E and F must, in addition, have WASSCE/SSSCE/GBCE passes of at least grade D7or D respectively in three (3) core subjects and three (3) elective subjects or credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any Science subject at the GCE ‘O’ Level.
  • Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science programme must have credit pass in Elective Mathematics or Additional Mathematics.
  • Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management and Finance applicants are required to have credit passes in Economics, Geography and any other elective subject.
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Economics applicants are required to have credit passess in Economics and Elective Mathematics.

 

Note 2: Admission is not available for University Diploma/Higher National Diploma(HND)/ Professional applicants to Level 200 of the LLB programme.

 

Level 300

General Requirements

Category A: Higher National Diploma (HND) with at least Second Class (Upper Division) awarded by NABPTEX in related disciplines (e.g. Accounting, Secretaryship & Management Studies, Purchasing & Supply, Marketing, Statistics, etc).

Category B: University/Tertiary Diploma with at least FGPA of 2.5 (Credit) in related programmes (e.g. Accounting, Public Administration, Management and Marketing etc) from any university accredited by the NAB.

Category C:  Professional Qualification– applicants with at least a complete level two (2) of any of the following recognized professional qualifications related to the programme being applied for: ACCA (9 papers), CIB (10 papers), CIM (6 papers), CIMA (8 papers), ICAG (10 papers) and ICSA (8 papers) only.

 

Additional Requirements

Applicants who qualify under Categories A, B and C must, in addition, have WASSCE/SSSCE/GBCE passes of at least grade D7or D respectively in three (3) core subjects and three (3) elective subjects or credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any Science subject at the GCE ‘O’ Level.

Note 3: Admission is not available for entry into Level 300 of the LLB, Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, Actuarial Science and Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management and Finance programmes. 

Entry Requirements (Diploma)

Category A

  • WASSCE applicants must have passes (i.e. A1-D7) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in addition to passes (i.e. A1-D7) in any three elective subjects. Note that at least three (3) of the core and elective subject should be credit passes (A1-C6). A credit pass is required for the relevant elective.
  • SSSCE/GBCE applicants must have at least credit passes (i.e. grade A-D) in three core subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science/Social Studies in addition to credit passes in any three elective subjects. A credit pass is required for the relevant elective.

 

Category B

G.C.E. Advanced Level

Passes in any two (2) subjects at the GCE ‘A’ Level plus a pass in General Paper. In addition, the applicant must have had credit passes (at least Grade 6) in five (5) subjects including English Language, Mathematics and any Science Subject at the GCE ‘O’ Level.

Entry Requirements (Mature Applicants)

Mature applicants applying for admission must satisfy the following entry requirements:

  • Attained a minimum age of twenty-five (25) years by Friday, 29th May, 2020.
  • Show proof of age with birth certificate which is at least five (5) years old at the time of application.
  • Must have at least three (3) years’ work experience and should be able to provide a letter of appointment from their employers or show any proof of employment.
  • Must possess at least WASSCE, SSSCE, GBCE, Teacher’s Cert ‘A’ and ‘O’ Level.
  • Must pass the University’s Mature Access Course Entrance Examinations which comprise Mathematics, English Language and Aptitude Test. A mature applicant shall be deemed to have passed the entrance examinations for consideration for admission if he/she obtains a pass mark of 40% in each paper.
  • Must pass a Selection Interview.

 

Note 1:

  • Mature Applicants for BSc. in Actuarial Science programme must have credit passes in Additional Mathematics or Elective Mathematics at the GCE ‘O’ Level/WASSCE/ SSSCE/GBCE.
  • Mature Access Course Classes and Entrance Examinations
  • Registration for the Mature Access Course Classes and Entrance Examinations begins immediately in the Admissions Office (Room 7, Seidu Mustapha Wing) and will end on Friday, 29th May, 2020.
  • Mature Access Course Classes will be held from Monday 1st June, 2020 to Thursday, 23rd July, 2020
  • Mature Access Course Entrance Examinations will take place on Friday, 24th July 2020 and Saturday, 25th July, 2020.

Note 2:

  • Successful mature applicants will be placed in Level 100.
  • Admission is not available for the Mature Applicants to the LLB programme.

Further information on the Mature Access Course Classes and Entrance Examinations may be obtained from the Admissions Office on 0303 937542/44.

International Applicants

International applicants may be admitted on the basis of qualifications from their home countries for which equivalence shall be determined by the National Accreditation Board of Ghana and submitted to the University. Evidence of proficiency in English Language will be required in the case of applicants from non-English speaking countries. International applicants are also requested to acquire Non-Citizen Ghana card as a prerequisite for offer of admission. International applicants who fail to provide evidence of having acquired this card will not have their applications processed.

 

Available Sessions:

Regular, Evening and Weekend Sessions are available for all undergraduate and diploma programmes except the LLB programme which is offered in the Regular Session only.

 

Moreover, the Regular Session is normally reserved for WASSCE/GBCE applicants.

Mature and Top-up applicants to Level 200 and 300 are, therefore, encouraged to opt for Evening and Weekend Sessions.

 

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Tertiary students in Ghana can now apply for student loans with ONLY Ghana Card- as Bawumia launches “No Guarantor Student Loan Policy”

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Tertiary students in Ghana can now apply for student loans with ONLY Ghana Card- as Bawumia launches “No Guarantor Student Loan Policy”

The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, on Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy, a promise by the Akufo-Addo government prior to the 2020 elections, is to make tertiary education accessible to Ghanaian youth, especially graduates from the highly subscribed Free Senior High School policy.

With the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy, the cumbersome and restrictive policy of students providing three SSNIT contributors as guarantors before they could access student loans for tertiary education has been abolished. The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy Dr. Bawumia explained, makes it possible for qualified young Ghanaians to access loans to fund their tertiary education, using their Ghana Card.

REMOVAL OF BARRIERS TO EDUCATION

Speaking at the launch, Vice President Bawumia said, the coming into fruition of the pro-poor policy, will remove barriers and significantly increase inclusive access to tertiary education.

“The removal of the guarantor requirement is a critical first step to ensuring cost is not a barrier to access and participation in tertiary education,” Dr. Bawumia said.

“Indeed, these are exciting times to be a youth in Ghana. One can go through education from basic to tertiary with guaranteed support from Government.”

The Vice President noted that globally, loans have enabled financially challenged individuals to go through Universities and pay after graduation and the government of President Akufo-Addo recognised this need, and the challenges associated with students getting guarantors to secure loans, hence the introduction of the No Gurantor Policy to ease the burden of parents of qualified Free SHS graduates.

Expressing his delight over the launch of the policy and how it will help the poor, Dr. Bawumia gave startling statistics of how many students are unable to access guarantor-required student loans, thus, possibly being denied access to tertiary education.

“Evidence shows that the guarantor requirement poses a barrier to access. Out of the 325,000 eligible students whose details were submitted by all the tertiary institutions on the Student Loans portfolio, only 9.6% could access the loan in the 2019/20 academic year,’ Dr. Bawumia revealed.

“Similarly, only 8.4% of eligible students could access loans in 2016/2017, 9.8% in 2017/18, and 8.6% in 2015/16. Further, in the 2019/20 academic year, 42% of the 7,552 loan applicants could not submit their completed forms because of difficulty finding eligible guarantors,” he added.

“We promised to remove the guarantor requirement as a condition for loan access in the 2020 manifesto of the NPP. In fulfillment of this promise, the Government has revised the policy; hence, tertiary students will not have to present a Guarantor in order to access student loans. Effective this school year, all eligible tertiary students will have to submit their Ghana Card to access the loans,” Dr. Bawumia said.

Dr. Bawumia also expressed delight that the No Guarantor Student Loan Policy has been made possible through the Ghanacard thanks to the investment the government has made in digital infrastructure, which has made the Ghanacard a reliable national identity card for Ghanaians.

“This is one of the benefits we derive as a country by prioritizing digitalization. It is at the core of every serious economic management.”

Various Speakers at the ceremony, including the Vice-Chancellor of KNUST Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson, and the  President of NUGS, Dennis Appiah Larbi,  expressed gratitude to the government of President Akufo-Addo for the policy.

All the speakers agree the policy will open doors for more brilliant but needy students to access tertiary education which they usually miss out due to lack of funding.

Also present at the ceremony was the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, who expressed his Ministry’s commitment to ensuring the success of the policy.

The No Guarantor Student Loan Policy is another milestone in education after expanding access to secondary education through the Free SHS policy.

Qualified students are required to apply online to the Ghana Students Loan Trust with their Ghanacard and successful students will have their fees paid directly to their tertiary institutions.

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WAEC Releases 2022 BECE Timetable for all candidates

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WAEC Releases 2022 BECE Timetable for all candidates

The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has released the 2022 BECE Timetable for all Candidates, both School and Private who are preparing to write the Junior High School leaving examination.

The released timetable for 2022 BECE shows that the 2022 examination will start on Monday 17th October 2022, and end on 21st October 2022. The first subject to be written will be Social Studie while the last paper is French.

BECE 2022 Examination Timetable

DATE SUBJECT CODE SUBJECT/PAPER DURATION TIME
   Monday, 17th October 2022 020/2 Social Studies 2(Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m.       – 10.00 a.m.
020/1 Social Studies 1 (Objective) 45 minutes 10.00 a.m.     – 10.45 a.m.
 070/2 Information and Communication Technology 2(Essay) 1 hour 1.00 p.m.       – 2.00 p.m.
 070/1 Information and Communication Technology 1(Objective) 45 minutes 2.00 p.m.       – 2.45 p.m.
   Tuesday, 18th October 2022 03o/2 Mathematics 2 (Essay) 1 hour 15 minutes 9.00 a.m.       – 10.15 a.m.
03o/1 Mathematics 1(Objective) 45 minutes 10.15 a.m.     – 11.00 a.m.
053/2-055/2 Basic Design and Technology 2(Essay) 1 hour 15 minutes 1.00 p.m.       – 2.15 p.m.
053/1-055/1 Basic Design and Technology 1 (Objective) 40 minutes 2.15 p.m.       – 2.55 p.m.
   Wednesday, 19th October 2022 001/2 English Language 2 (Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m.       – 10.00 a.m.
001/1 English Language 1(Objective) 1 hour 10.00 a.m.     – 11.00 a.m.
022/2 Religious and Moral Education 2(Essay) 1 hour 1.00 p.m.       – 2.00 p.m.
022/1 Religious and Moral Education 1(Objective) 45 minutes 2.00 p.m.       – 2.45 p.m.
   Thursday, 20th October 2022 033/2 Integrated Science 2 (Essay) 1 hour 9.00 a.m. 10.00 a.m.
033/1  Integrated Science 1 (Objective) 45 minutes 10.00 a.m. 10.45 a.m.
003/2 – 0013/2 Ghanaian Language and Culture 2 (Essay) 45 minutes 1.00 p.m. 1.45 p.m.
003/1-0013/1 Ghanaian Language and Culture 1 (Objective) 1 hour 1.45 p.m. 2.45 p.m.
  Friday, 121st October 2022  002/2 French 2 (Essay)  1 hour 15 minutes  9.00 a.m.    10.15 a.m.
 002/1 French 2(Objective)  45 minutes  10.15 a.m.    11.00 a.m.

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Government’s newly built Bosomtwe Girls STEM High school admits first batch of students

Bosomtwe Girls STEM High School is one of the newly built STEM schools that the government is building to train young Ghanaians in STEM

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Government’s newly built Bosomtwe Girls STEM High school admits first batch of students

Bosomtwe Girls STEM: It is quite obvious that President Akufo-Addo’s agenda to train the next generation of leaders in science and technology is becoming a reality.

The first batch of admitted students of Bosomtwe Girls STEM High School, located at Bosomtwe in the Ashanti Region has begun reporting to school.

The government believes that building more Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) senior high schools will significantly transform Ghana’s education sector.

This is aimed at equipping young men and women with the necessary knowledge at an early stage.

The education ministry is hopeful that paying serious attention to STEM will help bridge the development gap between Ghana and other first-world countries since products from the schools would be well-placed to make a real impact by solving societal problems.

The STEM drive has received a significant boost as one of the STEM schools under construction in the Ashanti Region, the Bosomtwe Girls STEM High School, has begun admitting students.

“Now we have started to train leaders in engineering, leaders in aviation, medical leaders, and the rest. This alone is best for the nation. We promise that we are going to be one of the best in this nation,” Mary Donkor, the Headmistress of the school, noted.

Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has described this as a significant milestone, as he says while the government has provided the needed logistics to the school, more resources would be invested there as well as other STEM schools being worked on across the country.

“We’ve opened Bosomtwe Girls STEM High School. It is so nice to meet the students. They’ve come from all over the country. I’ve seen those from Greater Accra, Ashanti, Bono and all over the country. This is going to be a national institution of excellence. The good news is that the science labs are done, the science equipment would be coming next week. They have a pick-up. Everything that the school needs is coming, so I’m excited”.

Some parents whose wards are among the pioneers attending the school are excited about the development.

“I started enquiring about the school when I heard of it from the Minister that it will be a STEM school for girls. It is necessary to equip the girls today, so they can grow up to be doctors, engineers, and the rest. I followed up on the progress of the school till I heard it has started operation. Although my daughter got admission into a top school, I insisted on admitting her to this school so that my daughter can benefit from the Minister’s vision. So I am calling on parents to bring their girl children who are yet to gain admission to any school to this school,” one of the parents stated.

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