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WAEC & JAMB Subject Combination For Linguistics [UPDATED]

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WAEC and JAMB Subject Combination For Linguistics: What are the JAMB Subject combination to study Linguistics in Nigeria?, Must I pass Maths in WAEC to study Linguistics?, what subjects are needed to study Linguistics?, What Subject Will I write in JAMB to Study Linguistics?

Hello SAVANTS! In today’s episode of “JAMB doctor Series” you will see the correct WAEC and JAMB Subject combination for Linguistics, you will also see Direct entry requirement to study Linguistics through JAMB, JUPEB and IJMB, pretty cool right? STAY TUNED!

Waec and Jamb subject Combination For Languages And Linguistics
WAEC and JAMB subject Combination For Linguistics

For everyone who plans to study Linguistics in Nigeria, it is important and necessary you know the subjects that are required to becoming a student of Linguistics/Edo in Nigeria.

I have seen cases, where students who wish to study a particular course go ahead to register the wrong subject combination in JAMB and in their O’level (WAEC, NECO or NABTEB) simply because they were not well informed and would later start searching for means with which they can correct the mistake.

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Luckily for you, with the aid of this guide you will be fully endowed with the required WAEC and JAMB Subject combination to study Linguistics in any University in Nigeria, mind you, this subject combination is the same for all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

So, irrespective of the school you want to study in (UNIBEN, UI, UNILAG, DELSU e.t.c) these are the subjects you must enroll and pass to be eligible for admission to study Linguistics in Nigeria.

If you must study Linguistics in Nigeria you must first get a minimum of five (5) credits in your O’ level (WAEC, NECO or NABTEB) core courses and enroll four (4) subjects in JAMB which you should score at least 220 to increase your chances of admission. P.S; See JAMB Cut off mark for all Schools

A. JAMB English Syllabus
B. JAMB Mathematics Syllabus
C. JAMB Syllabus For Physics
D. JAMB Chemistry Syllabus
E. JAMB Syllabus For Biology
F. JAMB Economics Syllabus
G. JAMB Syllabus For Christian Religious Studies (CRS)
H. JAMB government Syllabus
I. JAMB Syllabus for Commerce
J. JAMB Literature in English Syllabus
K. JAMB Computer Studies Syllabus

Subjects Required To Study Linguistics

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The subjects Required to study Linguistics in Nigeria are…

  • English Language
  • Literature in English
  • a Nigerian Language (depending on the aspect on Linguistics, e.g Edo, Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa, e.t.c)
  • Mathematics
  • and any other subject.

Some of these subjects may not be required in some cases (JAMB or O’level), I will highlight each of these subject and in what instances they may be applicable or needed.

Mathematics: Maths as a subject is one every student must offer right from primary school up till secondary school, this subject may be used as a core subject for your O’ level exams like WAEC, NECO, NABTEB or GCE.

For JAMB you may or may not enroll Mathematics, i.e maths is not required in JAMB to study Linguistics it is only needed in your O’ level.

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Other Subjects: English Language is the only required subject for both JAMB and your O’ level if you must study Linguistics.

JAMB and WAEC Subjects to study Linguistics

To Study Linguistics, the following subjects will be enrolled for JAMB and WAEC…

JAMB Subject Combination For Linguistics

Jamb subject Combination For Linguistics
JAMB subject Combination For Linguistics

The four (4) subjects you must enroll in JAMB (with use of English compulsory irrespective of the course you intend to study) for Linguistics, are…

  • Use of English
  • Two (2) relevant Arts subjects
  • and any other subject.

To be assured of admission, you will need to score very high in JAMB, let’s say 250 and above. P.S; you should see my ultimate guide on How To Pass JAMB 2024/2025 With High Score (300+)

WAEC Subject Combination For Linguistics

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WAEC student Portal

Unlike JAMB, you will be required to sit for a minimum of Eight subjects (8) and a maximum of nine (9), out of this Nine or Eight subjects, five are core subjects specific for the course you wish to study which in this case is Linguistics.

In WAEC, core subjects to study Linguistics are…

  • English Language
  • Literature in English
  • a Nigerian Language
  • ‘O’ Level pass in Mathematics is optional
  • and any other subject

The remaining three (3) or four (4) subjects will be determined by you.

Mind you: This subject combination for WAEC is applicable for all O’ level exams such as NECO, NABTEB e.t.c

By core I mean subjects that lean directly to your field. Failure to pass these core courses can deny a student admission.

Requirements To Study Linguistics Through Direct Entry

Student who which to study Linguistics through direct entry should have either of the following requirements…


  • Two (2) ‘A’ Level passes in GCE or HSC or a recognised equivalent in any two (2) Arts subjects.
  • NCE in any two (2) Arts subjects with an overall Merit level pass.

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List Of Universities That Offers Linguistics

Below are schools you can study Linguistics;

  • Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko
  • Afe Babalola University , Ado-Ekiti
  • Bayero University, Kano
  • Benue State University, Makurdi
  • Delta State University, Abraka
  • Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki
  • Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti
  • Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State
  • Fountain University, Osogbo
  • Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai
  • Igbinedion University, Okada, Benin City
  • Kaduna State University, Kaduna
  • Kwara State University, Malete, Ilorin
  • Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka
  • Osun State University, Osogbo
  • University Of Abuja,Abuja
  • University Of Ibadan, Ibadan
  • University Of Ilorin, Ilorin
  • University Of Jos, Jos
  • University Of Maiduguri
  • University Of Nigeria Nsukka
  • University Of Uyo
  • Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Mathematics compulsory for Linguistics in JAMB?

NO, Maths is not a compulsory subject to sit for in JAMB if you want to study Linguistics, so while contemplating on the list of subjects to enroll in JAMB, know that you are not expected to add Mathematics

What are the compulsory subjects for Linguistics?

The Compulsory Subject for Linguistics In JAMB is Use of English, Two (2) relevant Arts subjects and any other subject.

While for WAEC; Five (5) SSC credit passes or TC II merits including English Language, Literature in English and a Nigerian Language, ‘O’ Level pass in Mathematics is optional.

What are the main subject for Linguistics?

The main subjects to study Linguistics in JAMB is English Language.

Can I Study Linguistics Without Physics in JAMB?

YES, you can study Linguistics without Physics.

Is further Maths compulsory for Linguistics?

NO, Further Mathematics is itself not a compulsory subject to enroll in JAMB if you want to study Linguistics.

Can an Art Student Study Linguistics?

YES, art students can study Linguistics in any university that offers the course, this is because the subject requirement to study Linguistics are not strictly for one field.

In Summary

To study Linguistics you need to sit for four (4) subjects in JAMB which are Use of English, Two (2) relevant Arts subjects and any other subject, and have at least credits (C6) in your Five (5) core courses which includes: English Language, Literature in English and a Nigerian Language. ‘O’ Level pass in Mathematics is optional.

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Two (2) ‘A’ Level passes in GCE or HSC or a recognised equivalent in any two (2) Arts subjects.Five (5) SSC credit passes or TC II merits including English Language, Literature in English and a Nigerian Language preferably Edo. ‘O’ Level pass in Mathematics is optional.Two (2) relevant Arts subjects and any other subject.
NCE in any two (2) Arts subjects with an overall Merit level pass.
Summary table of JAMB Subject Combination to study Linguistics

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