How many semesters can be found in a level in any polytechnic in Nigeria?
Do you want to know the number of semesters you are going to have in your polytechnic education? Then you are in the right place, that’s what I am going to explain in this article.
If you are a university student then this post is not meant for you.
This article explains the number of semesters for both full time and part-time polytechnic students in Nigeria.
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How Many Semester in Polytechnic in Nigeria?
There are 8 semesters in polytechnic for full-time students while there are 12 for part-time students.
How did I get these numbers , let me explain?
2 semesters in each level multiplied by the 4 levels is equal to 8 semesters for full-time students. (2 x 4 = 8)
While 3 semesters in each level multiplied by the 4 levels is equal to 12 semesters for part-time students. (3 x 4 = 12)
However, if the polytechnic has ND3, the number of semesters is going to change.
You can also read my writeup on how long it takes to complete polytechnic education in Nigeria.
How Many Semesters Are in Each Level?
There are mainly 2 semesters at each level for full-time students while part-time students will have 3 semesters and fewer breaks.
The 3rd semester for part-time polytechnic students will comprise of a few courses and tests/assessments and examinations will be done at the end of the semester.
This means that:
For Full-time students: ND1, ND2, ND3 (not available in all polytechnics), HND1, and HND2 will have 2 semesters each. While For Part-time students: ND1, ND2, ND3 (not available in all polytechnics), HND1 and HND2 will have 3 semesters each.
In case you just skimmed through the post, scroll up to see the calculated semesters you are going to have in your polytechnic.
The number of semesters you are going to have in your polytechnic education program does not matter a lot, what matters is that you should try as much as possible not to have any carryover in any course in any semesters.
Carryovers are not something a student will wish for, I will write a comprehensive article on it in the future.
For now; this article has explained and answered the question of how many semesters are in Nigeria polytechnics.
As a recap;
How many semesters are there in a polytechnic
There are 8 semesters in a polytechnic for a full-time student and 12 semesters for a part-time student.
Each polytechnic session is made up of two semesters.
Each polytechnic semester is made up of approximately 17 weeks
If any of what I have said above is slightly different in your polytechnic, leave a comment below and explain how it works so I can update this article with it.
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