The University for Development Studies is a well-known varsity in not only Ghana but Africa as a whole. UDS has different campuses all around Ghana. The different campuses offer various courses. This is to say UDS Tamale campus courses are different from UDS Wa campus courses.
UDS is the desired university for many students. Here you will find all the information you need to apply for UDS Tamale campus, the courses offered, and the grading system.
UDS courses and cut off points
The University for Development Studies released the new cut off points for the 2020/2021 academic year. There are different cut off points for students depending on the program they are applying for. This means that students applying for degree programs have different cut off points to those applying for diploma programs.
UDS cut off points for degree programs
SSSCE holders seeking admission to degree programs must have at least a D while WASSCE candidates must have at least C6 in their three core and their three elective subjects.
If you are a WASSCE holder with grade D7, E8 or F9 in any of your three core or three elective subjects, you are advised not to apply for a degree program. SSSCE holders with grade E or F in any of their three core or three elective subjects are advised the same.
Candidates applying for degree programs should have at least credit scores in the following:
- The three core subjects. These core subjects are mathematics, English language, integrated science or social studies.
- Any three elective subjects in the relevant programs
- An aggregate score of the best six subjects must not exceed 36 for the WASSCE scale and 24 for the SSSCE scale. It is important to note that admission is competitive based, and hence some programs have their cut off lower than the scales mentioned above.
- It should also be noted that social studies is a core subject and not an elective one.
Social studies can be used in place of integrated science for students who study arts and business subjects. For this to happen, these two conditions must be met:
- The social studies grade needs to be better than the integrated science grade.
- The candidate should at least have a pass in integrated science.
Integrated science is core for science students, and hence it cannot be replaced by social studies in the calculation of the candidates aggregate.
UDS cut off points for diploma programs
If you did not make it to the degree programs, there is no need to be sad as UDS offers world-class diploma programs.
To gain admission to a diploma program, a candidate must have at least five credit passes. This is in English language, mathematics plus credit passes in any other subjects. This applies to both SSSCE and WASSCE holders.
If you do not have a credit pass in English language or mathematics, you are advised not to apply for a diploma program. It is also important to note that not all candidates who meet the minimum requirements will gain admission. Preference will be given to the students with better grades.
HND and other diploma holders seeking admission into degree programs
The requirements for this type of candidates are very straight forward. If you are an HND or any other diploma holder seeking admission for a degree program you should possess at least:
- Second Class (Upper Division)or First Class in the relevant area so that you can be admitted to level 300
- Second Class Lower or better to be admitted to level 200
- Third class or pass to be admitted to level 100
Mature students can also apply for courses offered at UDS. This is applicable to only programs under the Faculty of Integrated Development Studies (FIDS), Faculty of Education (FOE), School of Business and Law (SBL), and the Faculty of Planning and Land Management (FPLM); and also the BSc Mathematical Science Option in the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences (FMS).
Mature applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be twenty-five years and above
- Should have passes in five G.C.E O level subjects including English language, mathematics or statistics and science.
SSSCE and WASSCE holders must have credit or better in English language, mathematics plus any other passes in three elective subjects. It should be noted that if you are planning to pursue mathematical science courses, the elective subjects should include elective mathematics.
Candidates are expected to pass both a selection examination and an interview that is held by the university at the Tamale campus. Only candidates who get satisfactory marks are admitted to pursue the degree program.
Applicants to the three year BSc Nurse Practitioner programme or 2/3-Year BSc Nursing programme must be registered nurses with a diploma or state-registered nurses certificate and at least three years of working experience. It is important to note that candidates who do not have three years of working experience are advised not to apply.
For the BSc Nurse Anaesthesia programme, candidates should have one of the following: RGN (Diploma) with a minimum of 3 years post-registration working experience, RGN (BSc Nursing) with 2 years post-registration working experience and Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia with 2 years working experience.
Courses offered at UDS Tamale campus
The UDS Tamale campus houses the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), the School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS) and the Faculty of Education (FOE). The campus is in the Tamale Metropolitan Area. Tamale is the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana.
The list of courses offered at UDS can be accessed at the university website. The list of Postgraduate courses and diploma as well as all certificate courses can be found on the site as well. Here are the programs offered at UDS Tamale campus arranged by faculty:
Faculty of Education
There are three courses offered at UDS Tamale that take a 4-year duration from start to completion;
- Bachelor of Arts (Development Education)
- Bachelor of Education in Basic Education
- Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Care and Education
The only available diploma related course in the Faculty of Education at Tamale campus is the 2-year long Bachelor of Education in Basic Education. This course’s eligible candidates are previous holders of a diploma certificate in Basic Education.
School of Medicine and Health Sciences
The school offers 3 undergraduate courses and one postgraduate course at Tamale campus. The two medicine courses take 6 years to complete, and the nursing course takes 2/3 years.
- Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
- Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
- Bachelor of Science (Nurse Anaesthesia)
The first two require that you be a WASSCE Holder and that your elective subject be Sciences as well. The third course requires a RGN with a diploma or a BSc in Nursing or also an Advanced Diploma in Nurse Anaesthesia. The school also offers a Master of Public Health course that spans two years and is research-based.
School of Allied Health Sciences
This school offers the following courses:
- Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – takes 4 years and is not open to those that took Business subjects for WASSCE.
- Bachelor of Science (Community Nutrition) – takes 4 years as well. Open to Home Economics candidates.
- Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – lasts the same duration as the nursing course above and is also closed to WASSCE holders with business subjects.
- Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – taking 2/3 years only open to Registered Nurses or SRN.
- Bachelor of Science (Nursing) – this course is different and takes 3 years and is for holders of Community Health Nursing and Nurse Assistant Clinical with six credits in WASSCE.
- Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – this course variant takes 2 years and is for those who hold diplomas in midwifery.
- Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – 3 years for those with certificates in midwifery. It is also a variant for those with Registered General Nursing Certificates.
- Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) – this course also takes 3 years and is for holders of Community Health Nursing and Nurse Assistant Clinical with six credits in WASSCE
- Bachelor of Science (Nurse Practitioner) – it is exclusively for holders of Diplomas in Nursing, and WASSCE Holders should not apply. The course spans a period of 3 years.
There is a 6-year Doctor of Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS.D) for which the qualification is three credit score in each of the WASSCE core subjects and electives Biology, Chemistry and Physics or Mathematics.
The school offers the following postgraduate courses at Tamale campus:
- MSc./M.Phil. in Community Health and Development
- MSc. Public Health Nutrition
- M.Phil. in Public Health Nutrition
- MPhil Chemical Pathology
- PhD Chemical Pathology
The first three courses are taught in split modules, and at the end of each module, the student is examined before proceeding with the other modules at a pace they wish to move with. They are meant to take about 2 years.
When you complete all the modules, you will be allowed four months to write a 20000-word dissertation after which you are awarded an MSc, for an MPhil you will have to write 37500-word thesis which is allowed 9 months. It is for this reason that an MSc takes a year while an MPhil takes two years.
UDS fees 2020/2021
The amount of school fees differs in UDS depending on the course you want to take. This is to say one would pay a different amount for UDS engineering courses compared to other courses like education and the likes.
UDS grading system
The grading system at UDS is as shown below.
That is everything we had for you on UDS Tamale campus courses, cut off points, grading system and the rest. We hope this information will help smoothen your application process to this prestigious institution.