Background Information

The Programme is being offered in line with the mission of the E.P. University College, to establish an institution of excellence aimed at preparing students to serve the varied needs of Ghanaian communities. The Programme offers professional training in social and community development by equipping students with the knowledge and skills relevant for interventions in development processes towards the improvement of the social and economic wellbeing of people in Ghana and the developing world in general.

Programme Philosophy
The programme draws ideas from various disciplines and includes such areas as adult education, community development, psychology, sociology, social work, social impact of technology, family and societal interactions, conflict resolution and mediation and sustainable development with community development issues at the centre stage.  It is intended to equip the student with the relevant knowledge, and practical skills needed to prepare them to play their role as Development Facilitators.

Rationale
Ghana as a developing country needs development experts and professionals to accelerate the processes and space of development. There are numerous vacancies both existing and potential in public and private development institutions that need to be filled. The development facilitators need both the academic and practical experience to enable them cope with the changing trends in the effort to develop the nation.  The law establishing the University College mandates it to blend academic work with the needs of the community in order to provide constructive interaction between the two for the total development of Ghana. The course is therefore modelled on an integrated approach where students and lecturers of the department engage communities together and in a holistic manner aimed at finding solutions to development problems in society.

Aims

The course seeks to provide students with the necessary intellectual acumen, practical skills and the technical abilities required to analyse development issues and develop the capacity to implement development programmes and projects particularly at the district and community levels.  It also aimed at producing graduates with logical and analytical skills in identifying societal problems, causes and effect of underdevelopment of African Societies as well as finding ways to transform the economy of the people of Ghana and Africa as a whole. The programme will enable students to understand accelerated and sustainable development and the various means by which Ghana can achieve accelerated and sustainable development.

Objectives

  • To equip students with knowledge and skills to understand the theories and processes of community development.
  • To train students to understand the various approaches to achieve accelerated development
  • To train students to appreciate the current environmental issues in Ghana and the West African region.
  • To equip students with practical hands-on approach to sustainable development
  • To provide students with the necessary academic and professional skills that will make the graduate marketable or capable of being self-employed

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

LEVEL 100

SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (SSSCE):
Applicants must have Aggregate 24 or better. Candidates must have Grade D or better in six subjects; three of the six subjects must be Core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies in addition to any three elective subjects at SSCE. (Grades E and F in any subject is not accepted)

WEST AFRICA SENIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (WASSSCE):
Applicants must have aggregate 36 or better. Candidates must have Grade C6 or better in six subjects; three of the six subjects must be Core subjects: English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies in addition to any three elective subjects at WASSCE (Grades D7 and E8 are not accepted).

GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION GCE ‘O’ AND ‘A’ LEVELS
Candidates must have five (5) credit passes (Grade 6) including English Language, Mathematics and a Science or an Arts Subject at the “O” Level AND at least three (3) passes in any subject at the GCE  Advanced level. At least one of the ‘A’ level passes must be at a grade not lower than D.

CERTIFICATE ‘A’, 3 YEAR POST SECONDARY
Certificate ‘A’ 3 Year Post Secondary Certificate holders with credit passes in Core Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies.

GENERAL BUSINESS CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (GBCE)
Applicants must have five (5) credit passes, made up of three (3) compulsory subjects (English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies) and two (2) optional subjects in the GBCE.

MATURE APPLICANTS
Mature candidates must be at least 25 years at the time of submission of application.
Must have working experience in any establishment including self-employment.
Applicants must show proof of age with birth certificate or any legitimate documentary proof of birth which is at least five (5) years old at the time of submission of application.
Applicants must also provide introductory letter from employer or show any other proof of employment.
Applicants will be required to write EPUC Entry Qualifying Examination in English, Mathematics, General Paper, and a Special Paper (Programme area) this examination shall be moderated by University of Cape Coast (UCC)
NB. Applicants who have Credit Passes in English and Mathematics will not write EPUC Qualifying Examination in Mathematics and English.
Access course is organized for interested mature applicants.

LEVEL 200

DIPLOMA IN BASIC EDUCATION (DBE) CERTIFICATE HOLDERS
Diploma in Basic Education applicants are to provide introductory letter from their employers or show any other proof of employment.

GENERAL BUSINESS CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (GBCE) AND ADVANCE BUSINESS CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (ABCE)
Applicants must have five (5) credit passes, made up of three (3) compulsory subjects (English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies) and two (2) optional subjects in the GBCE. In addition, applicants must have three (3) passes in ABCE subjects (at least one of the passes should be Grade D or better).

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE AND HND HOLDERS
Relevant professional qualification holders (Foundation or intermediate levels of ACCA, ICA, CIMA, CIM, GAT etc.). Applicants are to provide introductory letter from their employers or show any other proof of employment.

  • Applicants with a pass in relevant HND with two years post HND qualification working experience.

LEVEL 300.

DIPLOMA HOLDERS FROM ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS
Diploma holders with distinction or first class or second class lower in Adult Education, Social Work, Integrated Development Studies, and any other relevant course from accredited Universities/Institutions.

HIGHER NATIONAL DIPLOMA HOLDERS (HND)

  • HND holders, with Second Class Lower or better with two years Post HND qualification working experience.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE HOLDERS FROM ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS
Applicants who possess relevant professional certificates eg. Part II/ Level II of ICA, ACCA, CIMA, CIM or CIB etc. Applicants are to provide introductory letter from their employers or show any other proof of employment.

Foreign Students
Foreign students with qualifications equivalent to those mentioned above will be considered for admission at the appropriate level.  However, applicants from Francophone and other non-English speaking countries must attach to their applications evidence of Proficiency in English. All foreign certificates shall be referred to National Accreditation Board for determination of equivalence.