Directorate of Basic and Remedial Studies


The present Remedial Programme had its genesis in the 1980’s when the University opened a class to assist academically deficient Secondary School leavers to sit and pass the London GCE. Later in the 1990’s, the University domesticated the programme and continued to assist students of the locality who had deficiencies in their Secondary School Examinations to obtain an equivalent qualification for entry into the University.

The present Remedial Programme has its genesis in the 1980's when the University opened a class to assist secondary school leavers to sit and pass London GCE. Later in the 1990's, especially when the London GCE lost its relevance in the Nigerian education system, the University continued with the programme to assist students of the locality who had deficiencies in their Secondary School Examinations to obtain an equivalent for entry into the University. The Remedial Programme primarily designed for candidates from the catchment /locality areas (Bauchi and Gombe States) is to prepare students who may not satisfy the University entry requirements to acquire requisite qualifications for entry into the University programme.


I am happy to say,remedial programme was the brain child of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University. It was therefore very gratifying that some years back candidates did not write UTME, but in the latter time UTME is compulsory for all candidates. In other words no Remedial student will now be admitted for a degree programme who does not sit for UTME and score the minimum mark acceptable to the University.


Finally, I wish to say that the Remedial Programme of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University is well established, with a core of dedicated staff. I am glad also to say that the programme has enabled many candidates to gain admission into degree programmes, who otherwise would never have been opportuned to do so. A large number of such candidates have graduated and they are contributing tremendously to the development of this country.


Prof. S. Hamma

Director DBRS


a)         To encourage the advancement of learning and to hold out to all persons without distinction the opportunity of acquiring a higher education in technology.

b)         To develop and offer academic and professional programme leading to the award of certificates,

c)         To act as agents for high-level manpower development for economic                                             utilization

d)         To offer the result of training and research to the public to foster its practical applications.

e)         To initiate collaborative research activities at local and international levels.

f)          To identify technological problems and needs of the society and to find solutions to           them within the society

g)         To undertake any other activities appropriate for a University of Technology of the            highest standard.

h)        To insure very high standards in the science and technology courses as well as  research programme.


GUBI CAMPUS: Is the site where the Directorate is situated and it offers moderate infrastructural facilities for the system. Some of these facilities include:-



Academic and Administrative offices


Laboratories and Classrooms.


Lecture theaters.




Internet cafe.


   Students Halls of Residence.


Assembly Hall (Auditorium).


Sports Fields/Sporting facilities.














Admission Requirement:

A minimum of 3 credits in the basic sciences; English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics plus one or more other relevant credit(s) in remediable subjects at one sitting for the catchments area. The criteria for other areas are slightly higher.

Candidates admitted to the Remedial Programme are normally allowed to register for a minimum of 3 subjects and a maximum of 5 subjects as listed below:-

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Biology Chemistry
  • Physics Geography
  • Economics

However, all students are expected to offer five subjects including English and Mathematics. This is to prepare them for UTME Examination and the remediation of the subjects they are deficient in by registered examination regulating bodies such as WAEC and NECO.



The IJMBE subject combinations were compiled with the aim of streamlining and making them relevant to course specialization and acceptability in universities. The approved subject combinations were arrived at after due consultations with relevant documents relating to Direct Entry requirements for various programmes of studies in Nigerian universities as specified in the JAMB brochure. Below are the approved IJMB subject combinations:


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