FRANCIS Kagolo discussed your questions with the experts and got you the answers
I am in S6 studying history, entrepreneurship, geography and fine art. What course can I take at university?
This subject combination (HEG/Art) can qualify you for a number of courses at university if you pass well. They include law, social sciences, education, mass communication, human resources management, urban planning, and development studies, among others. According to the Joint Admissions Board guidelines, these do not have specific essential subjects; the minimum admission requirement is two principal passes in any subjects. But, there are others that require you to pass specific subjects, for instance, to do a bachelor of business administration, you must pass economics well. However, you need to choose a course depending on your interests and academic performance.
I sat for my Aâ€™ level in 2008 and scored 4BEBC from history, economics, literature, entrepreneurship and GP. In my Oâ€™ level, I attained two distinctions, seven credits and one pass. Do I qualify for a bachelor in law? What other professional courses am I eligible to apply for?
According to the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) guidelines, students ought to have at least two principal passes to qualify for university admission through the direct entry scheme. Since you scored four principal passes, Makerere university academic registrar Alfred Namoah says you are eligible for admission to many courses, law inclusive. Others include education, information science, and social work and social administration, among others. The choice should depend on your interests
I have a second class diploma in procurement and logistics management from MUBS. I want to go for a degree at Kyambogo under the same course. Will I be able to go for only two years?
Ann Mugerwa, the Kyambogo University academic registrar, says the university does not have a bachelorâ€™s degree course that takes two years; the courses take a minimum of three years. Since you have a second class diploma, she says you are eligible for admission, but even then, you will have to complete the courseâ€™s academic load, which you cannot do in just two years, because it is designed for three academic years.
I am a Ugandan aged 40 years. I attained an Oâ€™ level certificate (UCE) in 2003. Do I qualify for the mature age entry?
According to the joint admissions board guidelines, at least 25 years of age is all it takes for one to be eligible for admission to any public university under the mature age entry scheme.
Since you are already 40, you are eligible. However, the National Council for Higher Education assistant director, Phenny Birungi, says you must sit and pass the university mature age entry examination to qualify for admission to any university. The exam is normally an aptitude test set by the council.
I studied HEG/D and got 00D/E. I have failed to make a clear choice of the course to take between bachelor of tourism, environment management and wildlife management. Of these three programmes, which one has high chances of getting me a job?
The three courses are somewhat related, and could land you a job in similar organisations. Tourism can get you a job in the tourism sector, while wildlife and environment management can enable you work for nature conservation NGOs and government agencies, such as, the National Environment Management Authority, and Uganda Wildlife Authority, according to Prof Baker Nyakaana of Makerere.
He says any of the three can enable you succeed, although the workplace environment is so competitive and requires one to have some special skills.
With HEG/Art, what course can I apply for?