They are two out of the three academic departments which constitute the school of foundation Studies the other being the Department of General Studies. They were established in consonance with the thinking by the National Board for Technical Education that owing to the, number of qualified applicants for admission into our polytechnics, there was need to create such Departments in order to cater for prospective but rather deficient candidates to remedy their inadequacies in one academic session. Utilizing the human and material resources available in the polytechnics.
The school of Foundation Studies in which the Departments were based has a Director as its academic and administrative head, while each of the departments has a head of Department, there are other non-academic Staff such as the Executive Officer, Clerical Officers and so on who assist in the smooth running of the Department.
Over the years, the Departments of Preliminary National Diploma (pre-NO) Business Studies and Science and Technology have performed creditably well by churning out qualified and well-groomed students into the Polytechnic system who form a major segment of the total population of the institution.
The basic entry requirement into the Preliminary National Diploma course in Science and Technology is four passes at GCE ’O’ Level/VSSCE pass at not more than two sittings.
The four passes must include English Language and Mathematics. In addition, candidates must obtain passes in subjects relevant to their proposed field of study. For the Preliminary National Diploma in Business Studies, candidates must possess a WASC/SSCE/GCE ’0’ level certificate or equivalent with at least four (4 No.). Passes which must include English Language and Mathematics and two others from Economics, Commerce, Geography, Principles of Account, Government, Business Methods, Typewriting, Shorthand, Literature in English, History and Religious Knowledge at not more than two sittings.
Admission into Secretarial Studies (Pre-NO) candidate must have a pass in English SSCE/GCE ’0’ level 3 other relevant passes or RSA WASC Business Studies Certificate Stage 11 with passes in Shorthand, Typewriting, English Language and other subjects at not more than two sittings.