Computer Science is a field of study that deals with the theory, design, development, and application of computer systems. It encompasses a wide range of topics, including programming, algorithms, data structures, software engineering, computer architecture, artificial intelligence, computer networks, database systems, operating systems, and more.

The broad objective of the programme is to produce computer operators and junior programmers for the booming computer industry both for the government, business industries research. A graduate should be able to operate a computer unit to perform various task including data processing/Analysis, word processing, image processing and data communications. He/she should be able to supervise computer data entry or data entry operator.
The maximum entry requirement into the national diploma programme in computer science is five credit in senior secondary school certificate (SSCE) or general certificate in education (GCE) O/L NABTEB at a sitting or six credit at not more than two sittings. The credits must be in mathematics, English, physics and any three of the following: Statistics, economics, commerce, and chemistry, additional mathematics, biology, agricultural science and government.

The programme will be for 4 Semesters that will be done within 1yr 6months.



Institutions will award the Diploma certificates to candidates who successfully completed the programme after passing prescribed coursework, examination, projects and the supervised industrial work experience. Such candidates should have completed between 72-80 semester credit units as prescribed in the programme.


Diplomas shall be classified as follows:

Distinction – GPA of 3.50 and above
Upper Credit – GPA of 3.00 – 3.49
Lower Credit – GPA of 2.50 – 2.99
Pass – GPA of 2.00 – 2.49
Fail – GPA of below 2.00

It should be emphasized that the National Diploma (ND) programme is terminal and candidates graduating from the programme should be able to perform at that level. Each Diploma programme is expected to run for 4 semesters of 17 weeks, a candidate must take at least 15 credit units per semester while the maximum varies between 18 and 20.