Advanced Level is a stop-gap programme between the Secondary School and the University. It is as old as the university education itself. It has always been the standard requirement for university admission worldwide.
In Nigeria, it is the first requirement for every course as seen in the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) brochure; while the candidates who do not have this standard requirement are required to sit for the UTME examination. Many of the university graduates of the 60s, 70s and even 80s passed through the 2-year Advanced Level programme, the Higher School Certificate (HSC) course.
Essentially, the Advanced Level curriculum is normally the first year and, in some cases, part of the second year curriculum of a university. It comprises the basic courses of 3 principal subjects of a student’s professional or educational course in the university. For instance, a student who intends reading Medicine in the university will take Physics, Chemistry and Biology in the first year degree programme. It is these subjects that candidates doing Advanced Level programme must study also. Hence, Advanced Level graduates automatically gain admission through the direct entry mode to the university without recourse to taking any Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME and Post UTME.
Various bodies offer Advanced Level examinations including WAEC, but the Cambridge Advanced Level Examination (CIE), has an enhanced international status as the examination is conducted worldwide in May/June and October/November every year.
The relevance and integrity of such examination is self-evident and not in doubt as it makes a candidate’s academic worth comparable to others in a good number of countries in Europe, America, and Canada and indeed, all over the world. In these days when many examination bodies are stigmatized with examination malpractices, it is wise to have this as an additional qualification that can vouch for one’s academic status in the highly competitive world of learning and labour market.
⟩ ⟩ Benefits of Advanced Level Programme
University admission in Nigeria is plagued with uncertainties. In some cases many brilliant candidates’ results in UTME are seized. Some others expecting high scores are surprised about the ridiculous scores they get. Those with even good scores may not gain admission as a result of the competitive nature of the admission exercise as only about 10% of the candidates eventually scale through. Worse still, some candidates after scaling through the hurdles of UTME/Post UTME examinations are disappointed because of some deficiencies in the school certificate results either due to weak passes or outright seizure of some subjects prerequisite to the courses they intend to pursue in the university. Besides, many students may not have completed the Senior Secondary syllabus in some subjects despite obtaining pass grades in those subjects.
All these problems can be solved while simultaneously pursuing the Advanced Level Programme without losing time. Besides, Advanced Level candidates perform better in UTME examination than ordinary SS3 or remedial or pre-degree graduates from our universities.
The Advanced Level Programme is also a maturation programme giving the student a foretaste of the university education. It is for the above reasons that Advanced Level graduates always distinguish themselves in the universities.
⟩ ⟩ Registration for Cambridge Advanced Level Examination
Doyen as an accredited centre for Cambridge International Examinations prepares students for the Advanced Level Examination. The CIE is the examination body that conducts examinations and awards certificates duly signed by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. The relationship between Doyen Academy and CIE is like a secondary school preparing students for Senior School Certificate while NECO/WAEC awards the certificates.
Registration for May/June series is from late January to late February while Oct/Nov series is from early July to early August every year. Registration fee is subject to courses combination and the examination body’s stipulations and requirements.