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Can I join university without doing A’level?

By Vision Reporter

Added 4th February 2007 03:00 AM

CAREER GUIDANCE

Dear Jamesa
I am a Grade Three teacher and would like to apply for a degree programme at the university. However, I wouldn’t like to study education because I am tired of teaching. I would like to study community psychology. A friend advised me to join Senior Five and

CAREER GUIDANCE

Dear Jamesa
I am a Grade Three teacher and would like to apply for a degree programme at the university. However, I wouldn’t like to study education because I am tired of teaching. I would like to study community psychology. A friend advised me to join Senior Five and

CAREER GUIDANCE

Dear Jamesa
I am a Grade Three teacher and would like to apply for a degree programme at the university. However, I wouldn’t like to study education because I am tired of teaching. I would like to study community psychology. A friend advised me to join Senior Five and sit for A’level exams if I am to qualify for university. However, the process seems too long for me. Isn’t there a way I can join university without first going to secondary school? I need your help.

Roger

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Dear Roger,
In Uganda’s education system, A’ level qualification or its equivalent is necessary for you to join a public university to pursue a degree. Although a Grade Three Certificate in Education could be considered an equivalent of A’ level, it would not accord you a straight admission to pursue a degree.

Since you are uncomfortable with going through A’ level, you could resort to other avenues for university admission. There are two main avenues available for you:

1. Mature age entry:
To use this admission avenue;
-l You should be 25 years and above.
-l You should have been out of school for not less than five years.
- You should have an Ordinary Level certificate.

2. Upgrading through diploma scheme:
You could join a National Teachers’ College and pursue a diploma in primary education.

Make enquiries from Kyambogo University, Faculty of Education and find out which college would meet your needs. These colleges have programmes that are flexible enough to help teachers like you to study during school holidays.

After obtaining a diploma, you can apply to Makerere University through the diploma scheme.

The entry requirement for admission through the diploma scheme is a second class diploma and Ordinary Level certificate of education.
Compared to the mature age entry scheme, the diploma scheme takes longer because you have to pursue a diploma for at least two years before applying for a degree course.

You need to make a choice based on your circumstances, resources and convenience.

Please note:
l Just like the teaching profession, community psychology deals with people. To succeed in community psychology, you should love people and be prepared to work in local community.

l You cannot do community work alone. Therefore, you need social skills and ability to work in a team.

Although it is good to have high career ambitions, you should choose a career that maximises your skills. Have you thought seriously about your to study community psychology?

You should choose a career that gives you satisfaction. If you base your career choice on speculated financial gain, you are likely to be disillusioned. You risk ‘getting tired’ of community psychology just like you are with teaching. Before you settle for this career, seek career guidance from a career counsellor.

Send your questions to
Education Vision
P.O BOX 9815, Kampala or jwagwau@newvision.co.ug

Can I join university without doing A’level?

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