B. Sc. AGRIBUSINESS

Programme Philosophy and Objective

The Evangelical Presbyterian University College is part of the global effort to support sustainable and industrial food production to feed the growing global population. This can be achieved through the use of appropriate technologies in the production process, sustainable management of the ecosystem, infrastructural development, strategies for marketing produce, and through the promotion of food safety, food quality and value addition. This must occur in a learning environment that promotes a challenging and secure environment that is responsive to individual learning needs.

The Agribusiness Programme aims at providing a conducive teaching and learning environment that will enable students to learn skills and develop attitudes that have positive impact on agribusiness development.  The agribusiness systems pathway includes occupations involved in the coordination of all activities that contribute to the production, processing, marketing, distribution, financing and development of agricultural commodities, plant and animal products, and other natural resources. The students will be given opportunity to develop practical skills that will enable them to be self-employed after graduation.

The programme seeks to:

  1. produce graduates with the ability to be innovative and manage change in agribusinesses.
  2. empower students from a variety of educational backgrounds to fulfill their academic potential.
  3. develop students’ personal and interpersonal transferable skills in agribusiness.
  4. provide students with opportunities for continuing intellectual development.

Entry Requirements

Admission requirements for various categories of applicants are as follows:

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 and the other three must be Elective subjects (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 and the other three must be Elective subjects. (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 Art Subject at the “O” Level AND at least three (3) passes at the GCE Advanced level in relevant subjects. At least one of the ‘A’ level passes must be at a grade not lower than D.

General Business Certificate Examination (GBCE):

Applicants must have six (6) credit passes including three (3) compulsory subjects (English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science or Social Studies).

Certificate ‘A’ Post-Secondary:

Applicants with Certificate ‘A’ Post-Secondary shall be admitted to Level 100.

Mature Applicants:

  1. Mature candidates must be at least 25 years old at the time of submission of application.
  2. 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.
  3. They must have working experience in any establishment including self-employment.
  4. Applicants must also provide an introductory letter from an employer or show any other proof of employment.
  5. Applicants will be required to write EPUC Entry Qualifying Examination moderated by University of Cape Coast in English, Mathematics, General Paper, and a Special Paper (Human Resource Management and Organisational Development).
  6. Applicants who have Credit Passes in English and Mathematics will not write EPUC Qualifying Examinations in Mathematics and English.
  7. An access course is organized for interested mature applicants.

Level 200

Applicants admitted at level 200 must have any of the following:

  • five passes in Diploma in Business Studies (DBS), Pass in Higher National Diploma (HND) – (in General Agriculture/Agricultural Engineering).
  • a certificate in Agriculture.
  • Post-Secondary Teachers’ Certificate/Diploma in Education.

Level 300

Applicants admitted at level 300 must have Higher National Diploma (HND), Professional certificates or Diploma from Accredited Universities.

Applicants with HND Second Class Lower or better (in General Agriculture/Agricultural Engineering), and must have two years Post HND qualification working experience.

Professional Certificates:

Applicants must have relevant professional certificates e.g. Part II/ Level II of ICAG, ACCA, CIMA, CIM or CIB etc., with two years post qualification working experience. Applicants are to show proof of employment.

Diploma from Accredited Universities:

Applicants must have Diploma from accredited Universities with two years post qualification working experience. Applicants are to show proof of employment.

International Students:

Admission requirements and procedures for international students are the same as outlined above. All foreign certificates shall be validated by National Accreditation Board, Ghana before admission.  In addition, every international student must:

  1. complete a Financial Statement that clearly demonstrates ability to pay all expenses associated with his/her study at EPUC,including tuition, accommodation, books, food, health care, and other expenses.
  2. pay tuition, hostel and all other fees in full and in advance, for each academic year, before course registration.
  3. submit passports and other travel documents for verification.
  4. submit a Police Clearance from home country.
  5. may reside in University College-operated hostels.
  6. register with the local Ghana Police Service.

Proficiency in English Language

All students whose native language or previous language of instruction is not English (such as students from Francophone countries) must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, comprehending and speaking English. All students applying for admission whose previous language of instruction is not English may present TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results, or will be required to write an English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) and pass it. Candidates will have to arrange with TOEFL/ELPT for their transcript to be transferred to the EPUC for processing. The University College is not obliged to make such arrangement or register with any such bodies.

It is the responsibility of all International students to obtain the necessary immigration documents and visas required to study in Ghana. International students are required to show evidence of appropriate entry and permission to study in Ghana before they can be admitted or registered into programmes. Immigration documents must be continuously updated or renewed and not allowed to elapse at any time during the International Student’s academic career at EPUC. Information on residence permit application procedures may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Prospects after Graduation

  1. Setting up own business in various aspects of agriculture.
  2. Working for an entrepreneur in various agricultural enterprises.
  3. Large scale farming in crops, animals or fisheries.
  4. Agricultural project manager in financial institutions.
  5. Project manager in Agricultural NGO’s.
  6. Sales manager in commodities, equipment, processed produce in shops etc.
  7. Manager in agricultural input companies.
  8. Career in Ministry of Food and Agriculture as an agricultural extension agent in areas of crop, livestock and fish production, processing and marketing.
  9. Undergoing further studies to become a Research Scientist/Lecturer in tertiary institutions in the fields of Agribusiness, project management and relevant areas in business administration.

E-Mail: admissions@epuc.edu.gh