Bsc,HND,ND(OND),NCE, A’level(See Differences)

As a newbie or aspiring to admission, you may want to know the differences between these terms Bsc, HND, ND (ond), NCE, A’level.


In this article I will tell you what they stand for, what form the take, the purpose behind each and it is important for you to know which one to go for.

BSc, BSc (Ed), BSN, B. Tech, MB, LLB, B. Agric, B. Pharm 

Bsc is a Bachelor of Science. This term is used for a degree or university award. You earn Bsc after completing a 4-year or 5-year course in any university.


B. Tech, BSc (Ed) are the equivalence to Bsc. They are also degree awards – just a difference in courses or disciplines. While B. Tech is for graduates of engineering and technology-related courses, BSc (ED) or B. Ed is for graduates of education courses.

Graduates of Law are awarded LLB and Medical graduates MB. Others include BSN for nursing graduates, B. Pharm for pharmacy graduates, B. Agric for Agriculture and related courses.

Gaining Admission to Nigeria University to be awarded BSc, BSc (Ed), BSN, B. Tech, MB, LLB, B. Agric, B. Pharm

To gain admission into any Nigerian university, you’ll have to make your way through JAMB UTME which is a major requirement to gain admission to any course of your interest together with right SSCE grades.

After passing UTME, you may be subjected to Post UTME or admission screening before you can be given admission by JAMB and proposed institution.

Your years or duration of studies depends on the prospective award. Majority of degree courses last 4 years, Agric courses – 5 years, Nursing  – 5 years, Medicine – 6 years, education – 4 years, Law – 6 years (with one year Law school), Pharmacy – 6 years (with one year internship), Engineering and technology – 5 years and so on.

NCE – Nigeria Certificate In Education 

NCE is the award given to graduates of colleges of education. Generally, after a three-year course at a college, its graduate is awarded NCE.

Gaining Admission to Nigerian Colleges of Education to be Awarded NCE

Admission procedures to colleges are the same as for the universities. You write your UTME and take part in the post UTME or admission screening. Then, you’re offered admission for your proposed course by JAMB and the college.

A graduate of college can end up spending 4 years for his course if he has undertaken a year pre-NCE course before 100 level admission.

ND Programmes – Ordinary National Diploma 

What is the meaning of OND?

Ordinary National Diploma

OND or ND is a polytechnic award for a two-year course with which the holder can be employed or be offered admission into Higher National Diploma (HND) and where through Direct entry admission, be admitted to 200 level course in a university.

Is OND holder a graduate?

OND is the award/certificate given to polytechnic graduates for the first two-year National Diploma course.

How long is ND in Nigeria?

two years

Most polytechnics in Nigeria only have two namely: ND1 and ND2. National Diploma takes two years to complete before you can do your IT.

Gaining Admission to Polytechnic to be Awarded ND 

To gain admission for ND award, you must obtain JAMB UTME form and take part in the post UTME or admission screening exercise of the school. If you pass, you’ll be offered admission to ND 1 of your proposed course by JAMB and the school.

Another means to gain ND admission is through school-administered daily part-time programmes. This course is usually run as full-time, perhaps, with cost difference. Some may also opt in for the 3-year programme called a regular part-time course.

When you complete your 2-year or 3-year ND course at any polytechnic, you’re awarded ND. This serves as the prerequisite to further your education to the university through JAMB direct entry admission (as earlier explained).

You can also further to another level at your polytechnic or any other. This level is called HND. HND is also run for two years as well.

HND – Higher National Diploma 

HND is the award given to a polytechnic graduate after completing a 2-year National Diploma, 1 or 2 years Industrial Training (IT) and 2-year Higher National Diploma course.

Note that the HND course doesn’t require writing UTME again or obtaining the JAMB direct entry form. Applicants are only to take part in the school’s organized entrance test and interview or screening.

What level is HND?

Level 5
Higher National Diploma (HND) is a level 5 vocational qualification provided by higher and further education colleges. It takes two years to complete full-time, or three to four years if you study

Can a HND holder go for Masters?

HND holders can apply for any professional masters degree, All universities offering professional master’s do accept hnd for their masters degree programme.

What comes after HND?

NYSC is the next Stage After HND
HND graduates should be on the lookout for National Service after their convocations.

A’level Courses – IJMB, JUPEB, NABTEB A’level, and Cambridge Advanced

To learn more about A’level programmes, consider reading the post, “IJMB, JUPEB and Cambridge A’level: Opportunity to Gain Admission directly to 200 Level

Between Bsc, HND, ND, NCE which one I should I go for?

If you prefer degree and you have the required UTME score, you can consider university on the other hand if you have low Jamb score you can consider going for a national diploma.

This is all for Bsc, HND, OND (ND), NCE, A’level, if you have any questions drop your comments below and don’t forget to share!








Originally posted 2021-04-05 12:08:36.


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