The fundamental importance of Physics as a science subject necessitated the establishment of the Department in 1978.  Laboratory blocks were completed in 1980.  The Department has turned out over 300 NCE graduates for over four decades of its existence, most of whom are teaching in Primary and secondary schools in many states of the federation.

Recently, precisely in 2013, more subject combinations were introduced and thus Physics combinations include; Physics/Computer, Physics/Geog Physics/Biology, Physics/PHE, and Physics/Mathematics. The development brought an increase in the student enrollment in the Department; hence the number of students in the Department has risen at least five times in the last two years.



The philosophy of the Nigeria Certificate in Education, (N.C.E.), physics is inspired by the desire to help students become intellectually informed in physics, and by the need to produce competent and effective teachers with good mastery of content and method, and a knowledge of the development of the learner.


At the end of the programme the students should be able to:

  1. Have basic knowledge of the organizational concepts and techniques in practical physics and laboratory management,
  2. Be aware of the fact that the fundamental ideas of physics evolved from a process of inquiry, which will enable them to develop scientific attitudes which are transferable to other life situations.
  3. Plan and effectively execute physics-based lessons in B1-B9 classes in accordance with the UBE policy.
  4. Have sound basic knowledge of the physics concepts and principles to equip them for further studies in physics and physics- related courses.
  5. Explain the nature of science.
  6. Use science resources effectively.
  7. Use Information Technology (IT) effectively to support pupils/students learning physics.
  8. Demonstrate the understanding of concepts of physics, reflect upon them and revise them when necessary.
  9. Organize physics lessons for the whole class, groups, and individuals effectively.
  10. Recognize the difficulties students face with their physics learning.
  11. Remedy students misconception in physics.
  12. Develop pupils’ use of physics language and carry out formative, diagnostic and summative assessment of students’ work (theory and practice) in physics very successfully.


  • Senior Secondary School Certificate of WAEC or NECO or any other equivalent Certificate from recognized examination bodies with credit passes in four (4) subjects including English Language and Mathematics at not more than two sittings. Two of the credits must be in the subjects making up the combinations the candidates wish to offer.
  • A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four (4) subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credits/Merits in English Language and Mathematics are required for candidates wishing to study
  • A pass in Pre-NCE Physics final examination or a pass in IJMB Physics final examination and a pass in JAMB is required for admission.
  • All candidates wishing to be considered for direct admission must enroll for and write the selected examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.
  • It should be noted that some colleges may in addition to all the above, administer their own elimination tests and/or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.


A credit in Mathematics and credit in English Language at the Senior secondary School Certificate/equivalent are required of all science-based specializations.


A candidate must posses at least a credit in Mathematics at the Senior Secondary School Certificate level, and a credit in physics at the same or equivalent level. (e.g. NTC from National Business and Technical Examinations Board, NABTEB