As an African secondary school student or graduate, you’re probably unsure whether your GCE A-level results will qualify you for a UK university. This is particularly the case for students in Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, and the Gambia who are ready for their next academic level with WAEC results.
Fortunately, universities on continents other than Africa accept the results of the West African Senior Certificate Examination (WASSCE). It is a necessary document for the admission of an overseas student into a foundation year or undergraduate program in the UK and other countries like the US, Canada, and Australia.
UK universities that accept WASSCE results
1. Southampton University
Both the undergraduate and foundation degree programs at Southampton University have various requirements. You must have a C6 and in at least 5 topics to enroll in foundational courses to advance to undergraduate programs in courses like social science, humanities, business, or the arts. Also, you need a B3 in math to be considered for a Management Degree, Economics, or Finance.
If applying for a foundation program in Engineering or Science, you need a B3 in 5 topics, or if you are a Nigerian, you need a score of 300 in JAMB and C4 in 5 pertinent subjects.
You must complete a foundation year program that is recognized and score high grades in the UK to be admitted to the undergraduate program.
2. The University of Bradford
The University of Bradford spends millions of pounds to ensure that its students learn in top-notch facilities as well as from academic professionals.
About 15% of the students at the University of Bradford are international students. This gives you a chance to apply to their foundation year and undergraduate degree programs with your WAEC result.
To be eligible for admission to its foundation program, applicants need at least a C6 in 5 subjects, excluding any native languages and vocational topics.
3. The University of Sheffield
The University of Sheffield is ranked 96th in the world. This university is in the English county of South Yorkshire city of Sheffield. There are numerous departments spread over 5 academic faculties at the University of Sheffield.
You are in luck if you want to enroll in this university. They recognize your WAEC scores. You can avoid taking an English proficiency test like the IELTS if you have an English grade of C6 or higher. The IELTS is a requirement for some departments, so consider getting it before applying.
4. The University of Edinburgh
To be admitted to the University Of Edinburgh and pursue an undergraduate degree with a WAEC result, you must complete a foundation program. However, you may be qualified to apply for direct admittance if you have your GCE A level, the International Baccalaureate, and the SAT or AP.
You can use your WAEC grades to apply to the College of Science and Technology, but this university also requires a pass in their international admission test with a B or above.
You also need the IELTS, TOEFL, or other English qualification certificates to prove your English language speaking competency because the University of Edinburgh does not accept WAEC English results for English language requirements.
5. Oxford University
Oxford receives over 26,500 graduate applications from worldwide each year, per Collegedunia. Yes, Oxford accepts WAEC scores, but regrettably, WAEC scores by themselves wouldn’t allow pupils to apply competitively. Any of the following requirements must be met to increase your chances of admission:
- Access courses for A-levels
- Applied basic prerequisites
- Long-term projects
- Degrees and foundational coursework
- GCSEs, the International Baccalaureate, the Higher National Diploma or Certificate, etc.
Get to know the UK Oxford qualifications to decide whether you qualify or not.
6. Glasgow University
One of the best universities in the world, Glasgow takes great satisfaction in accepting WASSCE. They offer a world-class degree that makes you a world-class student.
Your WAEC grades must be all As and Bs to be considered for your first year in Glasgow. If you do not have the requirements, you are allowed to pick an access program, a recognized foundation program, a GCE A Level, or an International Baccalaureate to be admitted into the institution. You can also try Glasgow International College’s pre-entry program.
7. Manchester University
For the benefit of Manchester University students, whether you’re enrolled in a BA or BSC degree, the hosts one of the world’s most cutting-edge technologies to aid education. This is a renowned institution of higher learning with excellent research and teaching that accepts WASSCE results. You can choose from a variety of undergraduate courses for your career.
If you have WASSCE results and seek to enroll in the school, you must complete Manchester’s foundation program. No direct entry is available. To enroll in the foundation year, you need at least 5 subjects pertinent to your selected course with a minimum grade of B2. You’ll need 3 GCE A Levels, an International Baccalaureate, or another equivalent program if you don’t wish to enroll in the foundation program.
8. University Of East Anglia
Another place where you can receive a top-notch education is the University Of East Anglia. For their foundation program, they recognize the results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE/WAEC), but not for the undergraduate degree program.
They accept C6 in WAEC English as well as IELTS and PTE to fulfill their English language requirements. To be taken into consideration, your IELTS score must be at least 6.5 overall. See the University of East Anglia requirements.
9. The University Of Plymouth
If you wish to study at Plymouth University in the UK, your WASSCE is acceptable.
With your WAEC results, you can enroll in the university’s foundation program but not the undergraduate. At their affiliated university, the University of Plymouth International College, you can enroll in the foundation program (UPIC). They accept your WAEC English results or equivalents such as NECO or IELTS for the English language requirement.
10. The University Of Greenwich
The University Of Greenwich was first established in 1890 as Woolwich Polytechnic, and also accepts WAEC. This university is located in Chatham Maritime in Kent and on the Thames River bank, London.
The university notably received the silver Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rating at the national level in 2017. Additionally, many National Teaching Fellowships from the Higher Education Academy have been awarded to their faculty, and about 90% of their graduates got jobs within six months of graduating.
The University of Greenwich accepts students from over 140 different nations, including West African nations, so your chance of being admitted is high. You need a C6 or higher overall in English and Math to be admitted to the institution with your WAEC.
Other UK universities that accept WAEC results:
- Aberystwyth University
- Birmingham City University
- Bournemouth University
- Brunel University London
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Cardiff University
- De Montfort University
- Edinburgh Napier University
- Heriot-Watt University
- Leeds Beckett University
- London Metropolitan University
- London South Bank University
- Manchester Metropolitan University
- Middlesex University of London
- Newcastle University
- Northumbria University
- Oxford Brookes University
- Queen Mary University
- Queens University Belfast
- Roehampton University
- Swansea University
- The University of Nottingham
- The University of Western England
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Bedfordshire
- University of Birmingham
- University of Bolton
- University of Chester
- University of East London
- University of Hertfordshire
- University of Kent
- University of Leicester
- University of Leicester
- University of Liverpool
- University of Portsmouth
- University of Reading
- University of Salford
- University of Sussex
- University of Warwick
- University of Wolverhampton