With the gradual yet steady development of the institution’s facilities, Accra technical university courses have consequently been increasing in number, focusing more in the contemporary needs of Ghana and the world as a whole. They tend to be diverse, cutting across every corner of a societal sphere with the objective of generating professional and competent individuals.
The school prides itself on producing innovative, disciplined and all-rounded graduates whose great contribution in the countries’ industries, not just in manpower but also in their level of expertise is clearly noticeable.
In as much as there are fifteen Higher National Diploma certificate programmes being conducted, Accra technical university degree courses are more popular and highly sought after-regardless of their strict requirements. The idea of introducing degree programmes was so as to meet the ever-growing demand for higher education in Ghana and beyond the borders.
The brand name, Accra Technical University is flaunted in various parts of the country while circulating all over social media and various internet websites. Its reputation precedes it. It’s mostly known for high-quality education standards and state of the art facility, accompanied by magnificent structural development. Beingat the heart of the capital city makes it even more conspicuous.
History of the institution dates back in 1949 when it was established-it was actually the first polytechnic to be set up in Ghana. By then, it was simply known as Accra Technical School. It served for eight years and in 1957 got renamed to Accra Technical Institute. The name evolution never stopped as it later on changed to Accra Polytechnic with an approval from the president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. The name Accra Technical university, only emerged in 2016 when it was deemed necessary, by the state, for all polytechnics to be upgraded to universities.
Being a tertiary institute, a council founded under the Polytechnic Act 2007 is set to govern its operation.
Accra technical university schools
There are three schools under which the institution is based on. They include;
- School of Engineering
- School of Applied Sciences
- School of Business and Management Studies
The schools are made up of fifteen departments in charge of six bachelors of technology programmes, fifteen Higher National Diploma certificates courses as well as other various certificates and diploma programmes.
Accra technical university courses and cut off points
Courses offered at Accra technical university are systematically placed according to the schools. Each of the courses is meant to have a positive impact on the students not just in academic areas alone but rather in their personality and general attitude as well. They are meant to provide entrepreneurial and leadership skills for them to bring admiral change in the society.
The bachelor of technology, for instance, is formulated to enhance skills and knowledge to students who have graduated from Higher National Diploma. The students, other than having passed their HND course, are required to be practically competent, knowledgeable and passionate about their studies. Usually, the course runs for about twenty-four months, after which the students are expected to have certified skills, technical ability and above all, confidence at whatever tasks that have been assigned to.
The same applies to the Higher National Diploma Courses which is mostly based on practical skills rather than theoretic learning. The students are expected to be alert and creative during studies, with the learned skills later being used in either self-reliance or making a contribution to the industries.
Usually, there is a direct and mutual relationship between this tertiary level of learning and the industries’ demand. No wonder, there is normally frequent benchmarking sessions in many of country’s industries for students to grasp and get an experience of whatever thing they were taught in class.
Accra technical university courses and cut off points, just like other institution usually vary. There are stipulated pass marks for each student to exceed before considered qualified. The cutoff marks are based on the council’s decision after intensive research and assessment on the stresses for those courses.
Accra technical university courses offered include;
Bachelor of technology programmes
- Bachelor of Technology-Fashion Design and Textiles
- Bachelor of Technology-Procurement and Supply Chain Management
- Bachelor of Technology-Science Laboratory Technology
- Bachelor of Technology-Civil Engineering
- Bachelor of Technology-Building Technology
- Bachelor of Technology-Automobile Engineering
Higher national diploma programmes
- HND Bilingual Secretaryship and Management Studies
- HND Secretaryship and Management Studies
- HND Marketing
- HND Furniture Design and Production
- HND Accountancy
- HND Civil Engineering
- HND Building Technology
- HND Mechanical Engineering
- HND Electrical/Electronic Engineering
- HND Hotel Catering and Institutional Management
- HND Fashion Design and Textiles
- HND Statistics
- HND Science Laboratory Technology HND Statistics
- HND Computer Science
- HND Purchasing & Supply
Accra technical university admission requirements
Accra polytechnic admission requirements determined by the kind, of course, a prospective student seeks to enroll in. Having been diversified, the programmes gives room for various ambitious students wishing to expand their learning and develop themselves in terms of their career, academic and personal life as well.
The prerequisites usually from one programme to another, whichever way, any applicant interested in enrolling in any Bachelor of technology course must have a Higher National Diploma certificate in a related discipline with a grade division not lower than 2nd class Lower Division. Additionally, a working experience qualification of not less than two years in that HND related field is also required.
With the general qualifications in check, applicants are also required to submit certain vital documents alongside their application forms. For instance, in the Bachelor of technology (Building technology) the documents candidates are asked to submit include;
- HND certificate and Transcript
- National Service certificate
- SSSCE/WASSCE Certificate or ‘A’ Level and ‘O’ Level Certificate
- Teacher Training Certificate (where appropriate)
- National Certificates in CTC 1, 2 and 3 (Where applicable)
- National Identification Document
- Non-Citizen Ghana card-For all foreign Applicants
These stipulated conditions are considered minimum requirements for admission. The course is set to run for about eighteen to twenty-four months.
As for Higher National Diploma, the course runs for about three years, for most of the programs, even though some may go for even four years. The courses can be undertaken either at a full-time level or part-time.
Similar to the Bachelor degree, conditions vary from one field to another. All in all, WASSCE applicants are required to have credit passes in the core subjects which comprise of English Language, Integrated Science, and Mathematics which must be accompanied by grade C6 in three elective subjects that are relevant to that particular course.
Accra technical university fees
Accra technical university fees 2018/2019 is yet to be released but whichever case, there is usually marginal differences in fee structure as in all other previous years. Currently, the stipulated Accra technical university fee schedule for the previous academic year can be readily accessed.