Our Programs

From Educationist, Agriculturist, Nurses and public health officers, the Gambia College offers wide range of programs.

List of programmes offered by the college by school


School of Agriculture

The School of Agriculture primarily provides pre-service and in-service training for school leavers, staff from government and non-government departments and organisations, enterprising industries and small businesses. It delivers full-time training from the Brikama Campus. It also organises workshops and seminars, all geared towards specialised training packages and current technologies.

Mission Statement

To provide a responsive quality training in agriculture and public services to the agricultural sector and align institutions, businesses and organisations in the Gambia.

Objectives

Primary objectives of the school are to:

  • Establish pre- and in-service training for lower and middle level agricultural personnel.
  • Promote and increase improved agricultural production and hence advance the status of Gambian farmers thus contributing to the economic well being of the rural community.
  • Help strengthen the research capacity of potential candidates
  • Train and produce students capable of executing agricultural development programmes and as a result improving the efficiency and productivity of agriculture in the Gambia
  • Acquaint students with new and improved agricultural technologies.
  • To produce students capable of teaching agricultural science in upper basic schools

Programs Offered in details at the School of Agriculture

Higher Diploma in Agriculture / Agricultural Education

This is a 3-year programme designed to meet the needs of training in Agriculture for the rural communities, the Schools and Agro-businesses.

Modules offered in this programme include:

  • Basic science core subjects '(Introductory Courses)'
  • Extension and communication subjects
  • Soil Science and crop production
  • Animal science and Production Courses
  • Educational technology and Professional studies
  • Farm management and entrepreneurship
  • Agro forestry
  • Agricultural Gender studies
  • Environmental Agriculture
  • Research methodology
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Routine Practicals

In the final year, each student is required to complete a research project on a subject related to his/her specialist area. Field practical and teacher training play key roles and garden plots are allocated to each student for cultivation of crops.

Admission Requirements:-

  1. Pre-Service:
    • A minimum of 4 credits in WASSCE "(West African Secondary School Certificate Examination)" including English, Maths and a Science subject.

      OR

    • A minimum of 5 credits at ‘O‘ levels or its equivalent including English, Maths and a Science subject.

      OR

    • A minimum of 5 credits in IGCSE
  2. In-Service
    • A minimum of 3 credits at WASSCE or 4 GCE ‘O‘ level credits or its equivalent including English, Maths and a Science subject, a certificate in general agriculture or primary Teachers certificate plus at least two years of field/teaching experience.
    • Mature Students:

      A PTC or CGA certificate with a CGPA of at least 3.00 and Five years of Field/Teaching experience

    • HDA Graduates:

      Holder of an HDA wishing to do the HDA Education will to spend ONE year to be trained as a teacher

Graduation Requirements

A student shall be qualified for the award of a Higher Diploma Certificate upon the following conditions:

  1. He/she shall pass all theoretical and practical exams with a minimum CGPA of 2.5o in his/her final year; and
  2. Must submit a written Dissertation of not less than 5000 words and obtain a grade of E or higher.
Certificate in General Agriculture

A 2-year programme that was designed to deliver the required skills and competencies for extension workers and farm hands. Initially, it started as an in-service programme for the Department of Agricultural Services (DAS) but later its content and mode of delivery was expanded to incorporate pre-service students and to cover the needs of NGO‘s and other Departments of State. The programme is structured in a way that ensures graduates will be able to:

  • Advise farmers on the proper management and utilization of their crops and production resources.
  • Use the acquired knowledge and skills to appropriately transmit improved management practices from research, extension and policies to farmers.
  • Assist and mobilise farmers to form organisations and cooperatives and to take the initiative for new ventures.

The modules offered in this programme include:

  • Basic Science Core Subjects "(Introductory Courses)"
  • Agric Extension Courses
  • Agricultural Business Courses
  • Crop and Soil Science Courses
  • Animal Science and Production Courses
  • Farm management and entrepreneurship
  • Agricultural Gender studies
  • Environmental Agriculture
  • Agro-Forestry
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Routine Practicals

Admission Requirements:

  1. Pre-Service

    A minimum of 3‘O‘ Level credits, to include English and a Science subject. A pass in Mathematics would be an added advantage

  2. In-Service

    Four (4) passes in Senior Secondary Technical Examination and a minimum of 5 years work experience.

Graduation Requirements

For a student to be awarded a certificate in General Agriculture, he/she must pass all theoretical and practical exams with a minimum CGPA of 2.5.

Certificate in Animal Health and Production

This is a 2-year training programme for Livestock Assistants, initially designed to train technical assistants who will be in constant touch with Livestock owners and will work for the Department of Livestock Services. The curriculum covers six terms of approximately twelve weeks duration each and the objective of this specialised training is to produce graduates with adequate skills and knowledge in the following fields: Animal Health, Animal Production, Extension and Communication, Veterinary Public Health. In addition, students should be able to carry out simple treatments, supervise disease control campaigns and should diagnose and report disease outbreaks. Trainees will be taught processing techniques of such products as Hides and Skins.

Modules offered in this programme include:

  • Basic Science Core Subjects (Introductory Courses)
  • Veterinary Medicine Courses
  • Animal Science and Production Courses
  • Extension and Communication
  • Veterinary Public Health
  • Clinical Techniques
  • Farm Management and entrepreneurship
  • Agricultural Gender studies
  • Environmental Agriculture
  • Practical Attachment

Admission Requirements:

  1. Pre-Service

    A minimum of 3 ‘O‘ Level credits, to include English and a Science subject. A pass in Mathematics would be an added advantage.

  2. In-Service

    Four (4) passes in Secondary Technical School Leaving Examination and a minimum of 5 years work experience.

Graduation Requirements:

For a student to be awarded a certificate in Animal Health and Production, he/she shall pass all theoretical and practical exams with a minimum CGPA of 2.50.

Certificate in Basic Crop and Livestock Production

A customised 2-year programme primarily designed for the Department of state for Youth, Sports and Culture. Trainees are sent in from the National Youth Service Scheme (NYSS). The curriculum is designed to meet the diverse needs of the students. The overall objective is to develop and consolidate the skills and experience acquired through tutorials and practical exercises. These exercises would include fieldwork, farm visits, training in practical skills, demonstrations and short duration attachment to various departments or commercial enterprises.

Modules offered in this programme include:

  • Introduction to Agriculture
  • Crop Management
  • Crop Production
  • Crop Protection
  • Environmental Education
  • Farm Management and Marketing
  • Elementary Agricultural Engineering
  • Animal Production
  • Animal Health

Admission Requirements:

Recommendation from the NYSS Secretariat

Graduation Requirements:

  1. For a student to be awarded a certificate of merit in Basic Livestock and Crop Production, he or she must pass all theoretical and practical examinations with a minimum CGPA of 2.50; and
  2. Where a student failed to attain an end of programme CGPA of 2.50 and above, he/she would be eligible for the award a certificate of attendance provided the student have the GC required percentage attendance of ---%

School of Education

The supply and training of teachers is by far the most important single item in any programme for the establishment, maintenance and development of a national education system.

As an institution, the School of Education is determined to accelerate its rate of progress and production so that it can play its full role in nation building. It has not been possible for national education systems to emerge as a natural growth from the cultural roots and heritage of the people, plans have had to be produced as quickly as possible and attempts made to do in as short a time as possible much of what has taken generations or even centuries. The school will secure progress by building as rapidly as possible on what is achieved.

A system of training has been devised which continues to the highest practicable level on the general and special education of the student who is going to teach, it also includes an adequate amount of professional training and pedagogy.

In response to its dual demand for practically experienced teachers and the very real need for increasing the numbers of qualified teachers in schools throughout the country, the school of Education has made significant development to its primary and Higher Teachers’ Certificate courses.

Vision

As a training institution the school of education will produce highly qualified teachers in the shortest possible time. Teachers will be in the forefront in the implementation of government policy on ‘Education For All’ as well as the eradication of hunger and poverty.

Objectives

  • To produce highly qualified teachers with the necessary skills and competencies to be able:
  • Develop appropriate attitude to teaching as a profession.
  • Develop the potential of their pupils.
  • Encourage self confidence and creativity in their pupils and themselves
  • Develop in each child the ability to give and take, and be prepared to accept - limitations to his/her personal inclination for the good of all.
  • Develop the skills by which the child can acquire knowledge and understanding, i.e skills of literacy, numeracy and problem solving.
  • Serve as role models.
  • Develop the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical well being of the child.
  • Awaken the aesthetic sense of the child and encourage creative expression.
  • To continue to develop and increase the competencies, knowledge base and understanding of the subject matter to teach, pedagogical skills and understanding of the learning process.

HTC- Secondary

Higher Teacher Certificate Programme- This programme is also a three-year programme and is for teachers wishing to teach in Upper basic school

Trainees spend two years in College doing academic and professional work and the final year of training is spent in the schools on teaching practice. Gambia College Academic Staff visit trainees and monitor their performance. As part of the HTC requirement, students write a project in their areas of specialization. Certificates are only awarded on satisfactory completion of all components.

HTC- Primary

The HTC primary is designed for the needs of PTC holders wishing to remain in the lower basic schools. The programme is a two year programme with 16 weeks of teaching practice.

PTC Regular

The PTC Regular programme which used to be a one year college based and two years Distance Education was modified to take the mode of the PTC Extension programme. The PTC is still a three year programme but with face –to face session during the College breaks/ vacations. Students are posted to schools during term time all throughout the three years. Students are also supplied with Distance Education module for their Distance learning programme. During the period students are posted to schools, they are expected to take part in all school activities.

The one year College based and two years Distance Education programme for the PTC as at 2012/2013 academic year is in its final year.

PTC Islamic

PTC Islamic is also being run by the School of Education. This programme is for Islamic studies teachers teaching in lower basic. The programme is a three year programme with two years college based and one year teaching practice. At present there are three cohorts of students.

PTC Regular and Islamic Studies for Madarassa teachers

PTC Regular and Islamic Studies for Madarassa teachers is being run by the School of Education. A memorandum of understanding was developed and signed between AMANA (Arabic secretariat) and Gambia College- school of Education to train the unqualified teachers in Madarassa. The training takes place during the summer and during the month of February when all Madrassa schools are on Break.

ECD

Early Childhood Development programme- for Pre- School facilitators- This is a pre-service initial training course organized during the school vacations. Its objective is to provide training for Teachers referred to as Nursery School Teachers. Though government is not investing directly in establishing schools at this level, nonetheless, it maintains a monitoring and supervisory role. Consequently, to ensure quality it is mandatory for managers and teachers of nursery schools to attend this course. This is a 3 year programme: 8-weeks summer, 3 weeks Christmas and 3 weeks Easter.

Certificate in Catering

The school of Education runs a one year certificate course in catering for young adults. The programme is a fee paying programme. Students registering in this course are either sponsored by agencies like Child Fund or YMCA or by themselves. The programme is 9 months college based and 3 months attachment to hotels and restaurants.

Departments

  • English Language Department
  • French Department
  • Mathematics Department
  • Science Department
  • Social and Environmental Studies Department
  • Education and Professional Department
  • Art Education Department
  • Gender and contemporary studies Department
  • Life skills Department (Home Science, Physical and Health Education)
  • Religious Studies Department

Programs Offered in details at the School of Education

Higher Teachers' Certificate Secondary

Duration of programme:

  • 3-year programme:
  • 2 years College based
  • 1 year teaching practice and project writing

Programme objective

  • The programme will enable trainees to: Have a thorough knowledge of the content of their major specialist subjects in order to teach this as their main subject at all levels in the Upper Basic School.

  • Have sufficient basic knowledge of the content of their minor specialist subject to teach this as their second subject in the Upper Basic School.

  • Have knowledge of the theory and principles of Education relevant to their work as school teachers in The Gambia.

  • Be conversant with a variety of pedagogic principles and techniques for teaching at the Upper Basic School Level.

  • Have the practical classroom skills necessary to teach their subjects effectively, in prevailing classroom situations at Upper Basic School level in The Gambia.

Programme learning Outcome

Upon completion of the programme, trainees will meet the requirements qualifying to teach at both the Upper Basic and Basic Cycle in two major subject areas except for students specializing in French, who are trained to teach only French.

Admission Requirement

Those seeking admission to The College are require to complete application forms obtainable from the Registrar, and which must be lodged with him along with supporting documents not later than in the month of the year in which admission is sought.

Entry Requirement

Entrant to the programme must possess the following minimum qualification:

  • Have At least four credits at G.C.E ‘O’ level or WASSCE exams in relevant subjects

  • Have two subjects combination for specialization

  • Have a credit in English Language

For French Students, Entrant to the programme must possess the following minimum qualification:

  • At least a BFM certificate or
  • A Credit in French for English students( But must also have at least 4 credits including English)
  • Must pass the French Entrance examination

Applicants who lack the qualification in English but are otherwise suitably qualified for RIFT or the priority subject areas (Maths, Science, Arts and Craft and Home Science) may be allowed entry, but will be required to credit English at WASSE before graduation.

In special circumstances Applicants may be allowed admission on grounds of “mature age”, success in certain examinations recognized by the College. (e.g. in French.)

Applicants must have attended an interview and performed appreciably well.

Applicants must be physically and mentally fit.

Subject Combinations

Students can specialize in any two subjects below provided they have a credit in them.

  • English
  • Agricultural Science
  • Home Science
  • French
  • Art & Craft
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social and Environmental Studies
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Christian Religious Education
  • Islamic Religious Studies

Course Assessment Evaluation Procedure

The continuous assessment system is used. Students are assessed during term time and marks and grades recorded for each term. At the end of the 2nd year, students write the comprehensive exam, this, accounts for sixty percent (60%), whiles the continuous assessment accounts for forty percent (40%).

Final course assessment and evaluation depends on the cumulative of:

Continuous assessments during the period of studies in college, End of year exam held at the end of the first year, Final and comprehensive exams held at the end of the second year, Teacher – Practicum performance, Assessment of trainees by their mentors during school attachment.

Certification

For a student to be certificated, she/he must have:

  • Cleared all references on course elements.
  • Attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50, and
  • Satisfied the stipulated entry requirements.
  • Undertake practical teaching in School and have at least a pass in Teaching practice
  • Complete and submit a project
Higher Teachers' Certificate Primary

Duration of programme

2 years

For a start, the School of Education will use the Mode of training1 which is two year college based. The school will then use the Mode of training 2 for the 2nd cohort of students. This will allow enough time for the preparation of the DE materials.

Admission Requirement

Those seeking admission to The College are required to complete application forms obtainable from the office the Registrar which must be filled and submitted with the required supporting documents.

Entry Requirement

Entrants to the programme must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Have a PTC certificate with a minimum of CGPA of 3.00
  • Have at least 2 credits at G.C.E ‘O’ level or WASSCE exams
  • Have a credit in English Language
  • Applicants who lack the qualification in English but are otherwise suitably qualified may be allowed entry, but will be required to credit English at WASSCE before graduation.

In special circumstances applicants may be allowed admission on grounds of maturity and experience Applicants must attend an interview and perform satisfactorily.

  • Applicants must be physically and mentally fit.

Course Assessment/ Evaluation Procedure

The continuous assessment system will be used. Students are assessed during term time and marks and grades recorded for each term. At the end of the programme, students write the comprehensive exam and submit a project.

Final course assessment and evaluation depends on the cumulative of:

  • Continuous assessments during the period of studies in college,- 40%
  • End of year exam held at the end of the first year,
  • Final and comprehensive exams held at the end of the second year, -25%
  • Teacher – Practicum performance, -20%
  • Project scores.-15%

Certification

For a student to be certificated, she/he must have:

  • Cleared all references on course elements.
  • Attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50,
  • Satisfied the stipulated entry requirements.
  • Undertaken practical teaching in School and completes it
  • Completed and submitted a project
Primary Teachers' Certificate

Duration of programme

3-year programme:

Programme objective

The programme objectives are as follows

On completion, the course participants should:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of all subjects taught at the Lower Basic level and be able to teach these subjects to pupils in grades 1 to 6.
  • Have knowledge of the theory and principles of education relevant to their work as school teachers in the Gambia.
  • Be conversant with a variety of pedagogic principles and techniques for teaching at the Lower Basic level.
  • Have the practical classroom skills necessary to teach all subjects effectively in prevailing classroom situations at Lower Basic level in The Gambia.

Programme learning Outcome

Upon completion of the programme, trainees will meet the requirements qualifying to teach at both the Lower Basic School.

Admission Requirement

Those seeking admission to The College are require to complete application forms obtainable from the Registrar, and which must be lodged with him along with supporting documents not later than in the month of the year in which admission is sought.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • Have at least four passes and one credit in the WASSCE or
  • Have two credits at G.C.E (O - Level) exams
  • Have completed secondary or Junior Secondary School with at least five years teaching experience.
  • Grade 12 students can apply but will only be accepted after the release of their WASSCE result upon meeting the requirement of four passes and one credit.
  • Candidates must have sat the college Entrance Exams and secured positions above the cut-off mark of the combined exams results.
  • Candidates must be physically and mentally fit.

Course Assessment Evaluation Procedure

The continuous assessment system is used. Students are assessed during term time and marks and grades recorded for each term. At the end of the third year students write the comprehensive exam, which accounts for sixty percent (60%), while the continuous assessment accounts for forty percent (40%).

Final course assessment and evaluation depends on the cumulative of:

  • Continuous assessments during the period of studies in college,
  • End of year exam held at the end of the first year
  • Final and comprehensive exams held at the end of the second term of the third year
  • Teacher – Practicum performance,
  • Assessment of D.E assignments of PTC students, and
  • Assessment of trainees by their mentors during school attachment.
  • Face to Face assessment

Certification

For a student to be certificated, (she/he must have:

  • Cleared all references on course elements.
  • Attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50, and
  • Satisfied the stipulated entry requirements.

Participation in the Courses

Once enrolment has been completed the student has contracted to follow a certain course of study on a fulltime basis. He or she undertakes to follow no other employment whatsoever, nor to follow any other course of study. Exceptions may be made for students wishing to sit “O” or “A” level examinations, in relevant subjects. The student also undertakes to follow the directions of staff concerned with various aspects of the course for which he/she is enrolled and to purchase all books, stationery and any items of equipment prescribed for the course.

Note that this means that all assignments, tests and tutorials required of the student must be completed.

Completion of Courses

Within each subject for study a number of courses will have to be completed. Completion implies satisfactory attendance at lectures and tutorials, preparation of assignments and performance in tests.

Subjects studies at PTC level

Students can specialize in any two subjects below provided they have a credit in them.

  • English
  • Home Science
  • Art & Craft
  • Mathematics
  • Educational and Professional studies
  • Science
  • Social and Environmental Studies
  • Art and Craft
  • Gender studies
  • Population and Family Life Education
  • Physical and Health Education
  • Christian Religious Education
  • Islamic Religious Studies
Early child Hood Teachers' Certificate

Duration of Programme:

Full time programme: 2 Years

Part- Time programme: 3 years

Award

Students who complete the programme successfully receive the award of an ECD Teacher’s Certificate and are recognised as qualified ECD Teachers equivalent to other Teacher’s Certificates from The School of Education.

Programme objective:

The programme will:

  1. Equip Early Childhood Teachers with a basic knowledge of the general principles and theories of human growth and development, including personal and social development.
  2. Equip Early Childhood Teachers with the knowledge of the theory and principles of Education relevant to Early Childhood Education.
  3. Make Early Childhood Teachers conversant with and be able to utilize a variety of pedagogical principles and techniques applicable to Early Childhood Education centres in the Gambia.
  4. Provide Early Childhood Teacher with the practical skills necessary for the creation of a conducive classroom environment and local materials for manipulative and individualized instructions.
  5. Enable Early Childhood Teachers to cultivate good home / community / school relations.
  6. Give Early Childhood Teachers a global Genesis of Early Childhood Education vis-à-vis the Gambian situation.
  7. Enable Early Childhood Teachers to identify and take due care of children with special needs.
  8. Inculcate in Early Childhood Teachers the need to cultivate respect for and the ability to protect the rights and responsibilities of the child.
  9. Make Early Childhood Teachers constantly and acutely aware of topical issues in the Early Childhood Education curriculum, including HIV/AIDS and gender issues.
  10. Support the personal, social and intellectual development of trainees.

Programme Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the programme, trainees will meet the requirements of qualifying to teach and facilitate an ECD Centre or Nursery School. The trainee upon completion is recognised as a fully qualified and trained ECD Teacher.

Admission Requirement:

Those seeking admission to The College are require to complete application forms obtainable from the Registrar, and which must be lodged with him along with supporting documents not later than in the month of the year in which admission is sought.

Entry Requirement:

Entrants to the programme must possess the following minimum qualification:

  • Have at least three passes at G.C.E ‘O’ level or WASSCE exams one of which must be English
  • Have four credits at Secondary Technical School Leaving Certificate exams

  • Candidates must have sat to the ECD College Entrance Exams and secured positions above the cut-off mark of the combined exams results.
  • In special circumstances, applicants may be allowed admission on grounds of “mature age” and success in certain examinations recognized by the College with a recommendation letter.
  • Applicants must have attended an interview and performed appreciably well
  • Applicants must be medically fit.

Course Assessment Evaluation Procedure

The continuous assessment system is used. Students are assessed during term time and marks and grades recorded for each term. At the end of the 3rd year, students write the comprehensive exam, which accounts for sixty percent (60%), while the continuous assessment accounts for forty percent (40%).

Final course assessment and evaluation depends on the successful completion:

  • Continuous assessments during the period of studies in college,
  • End of year exam held at the end of the first year,
  • Final and comprehensive exams held at the end of the second year,
  • Teacher – Practicum performance,
  • Child study project work
  • Assessment of trainees by their mentors during school attachment.

Certification

For a student to be certificated, she/he must have:

  • Cleared all references on course elements.
  • Attained a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.50
  • Satisfied the stipulated entry requirements.
  • Undertake practical teaching in Nursery School setting and have at least a pass in Teaching practice
  • Complete and submit a child study project
Certificate in Catering

Duration of Programme

Full time programme: 1 Year

Award

Upon completion, students will be awarded a certificate in catering.

General Objectives

By the end of the one year programme students would have:

  • Prepare food and Beverages for customer service
  • Prepare and serve both complex and simple dishes
  • Budget and cater for customers or institutions
  • Maintain the health, hygiene, safety and security of the working environment
  • Maintain food safety when storing, preparing and cooking food.

Entry requirement

This is a tailored made programme for less privileged young out of school boys and girls with formal education (Grade 12) entry requirement. The organisation selects and interviews trainees.

School of Nursing and Midwifery

Quality nursing care calls for formulation of comprehensive training goals, objectives and different teaching methods.

Vision

The Gambia College, School of Nursing and Midwifery aims to provide an education programme to ensure that nurses and midwives who are trained and registered meet the needs of society in the 21st Century and beyond. The school therefore, envisages moving the certificate-training programme to a higher level of education. This is starting with diploma leading to degree programmes of speciality in different branches of nursing. In this regard, the School of Nursing and Midwifery believes that nursing education is a prerequisite for quality nursing care and maintenance of health.

Goals

  • The goal of the State Registered Nurse programme is designed to motivate student nurses to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide optimum and efficient holistic and individualised nursing care to the patients/clients and their families in hospitals, health facilities and in the community. This can be achieved by the utilisation of the nursing process, the Activities of Living/Model of Nursing and Research findings for better sustained health service provision.
  • The main aim of the midwifery programme is primarily to facilitate the preparation of student midwives for the task of caring, advising, teaching and supervising women during pregnancy, labour and postpartum period. This includes the utilization of research findings in the management of antenatal care, conducting deliveries independently and caring for mother, newborn and infant; detecting abnormal conditions of the mother and baby during pregnancy, labour and the puerperium and executing emergency measures in the absence of superior medical help.

Objectives

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic sciences in the assessment, planning, implementing and evaluation of nursing care and services.
  • Provide leadership, managerial and teaching skills required for the management of wards/health facilities, patient/client education and the supervision of junior staff and all other categories of health workers.
  • Develop competencies and maintain professional growth by keeping abreast with new ideas including information technology and health information system.
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient basic first aid skills for Casualties /patients/clients in an emergency situation. Approach

The following will form the basis for achieving the goals and objectives of the nursing and midwifery training programmes.

Mission

Provide opportunities for students to understand their role as nurses, become acquainted with the dimensions of nursing as a profession, the health care system as an environment, and the concepts of health adaptation that affects clients.

Acquire competence to develop and perform functions that promote and maintain health as well as the prevention of illness.

Plan, implement and evaluate care during illness and rehabilitation, this includes the physical, mental and social aspects of life as they affect health, illness, disability and dying.

Programs Offered in details at the School of Nursing and Midwifery

State Certified Midwifery

The State Certified Midwifery Programme, on the other hand is an 18 months programme, which prepares midwives to function in all health care settings.

The midwifery programme seeks to provide opportunities for the student to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to give necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct deliveries on his/her own and to care for the newborn and infant. The care includes particular preventive measures, the detection of abnormal conditions in mothers and children, the procurement of medical assistance and the execution of emergency measures in the absence of superior medical help.

Emphasis is also placed on important tasks in health counselling and education, not only for the client/patient, but also for families and communities. The work involves antenatal education and preparation on parenthood, and extends to certain areas of reproductive health namely, gynaecology, obstetrics, family planning, childcare, community health, management and research.

Selection Process

Candidates with the required qualification will be interviewed and prospective students selected.

Duration of training: 18 Months

Entry Requirements:

Registered Nurse qualification with at least two(2) years working experience

MODULES OFFERED IN MIDWIFERY PROGRAMME

The programme for the course is divided into modules of experience, each module consisting of a block and clinical experience placement(s). Five modules will be covered during the 77 weeks training period. Statutory holidays, annual vacation and any incidental leave are inclusive. The programme extends over a period of 18 months and consists of the following:

  • Introduction to Midwifery
  • Normal Midwifery
  • Abnormal Midwifery
  • Community Midwifery
  • Management and Research

Course Structure

The programme is designed to include theoretical and practical skills in various areas of nursing. The theoretical component and clinical practice are correlated to link theory to practice and ensure maximum acquisition of skills

Assessment

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is used. All courses are weighted and given credit hours. The number of grade points achieved for a course is calculated as:

  • Grade Point Average X Credit Hours

The Grade Point factor is a numerical value assigned to a letter grade ranging from A-F. The GPA is computed at the end of every term and the total number of grade points obtained for all courses attempted in the term. The cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is also calculated at the same time. At the end of training, certificates will be awarded to students with a minimum CGPA score of 2.50

Continuous Assessment

Formative Evaluation(60% of final mark)

  • Theory Block - Weekly tests & assignments - Clinical Practice - Practical assessment
  • Projects: the projects includes patient care studies, research and report writing on various health issues, nursing and midwifery

Qualifying Examination

Summary Evaluation (40% of final mark)

  • Written Comprehensive Examination
  • Practical assessment
  • Research Project

Graduation Requirements:

To be eligible for this award, the student must:

  • Pass the continuous assessment with a CGPA of not less than 2.50
  • Submit a research project and obtain a Pass grade in it
  • Obtain a pass grade in the written comprehensive examination
  • Obtain a pass grade in the final practical assessment
  • Obtain a CGPA of not less than 2.50 at the end of training
Higher National Diploma in Midwifery
The same conditions as State Certified Midwifery
Registered Nurses RN

The Registered Nurses Programme is a three-year programme including annual vacations, statutory holidays and incidental leave. The programme prepares polyvalent nurses to work/practice in all health care settings. The course is designed to include theoretical and practical skills in various areas of nursing. The theoretical component and clinical practice are correlated to link theory to practice and ensure maximum acquisition of skills.

The programme provides opportunities for students to understand their role as nurses, become acquainted with the dimensions of nursing as a profession, the health care system as an environment and the concepts of health and health adaptations that affect patients. It also enables students to acquire competencies to develop and perform nursing functions that promote and maintain health as well as the prevention of illness. Using research findings, the students are also able to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care during illness and rehabilitation; this includes the physical, mental and social aspects of life as they affect health, illness, disability and dying. They are also tutored in teaching, counselling, leadership and managerial skills to enable them function in all health care settings.

Selection Process

After scrutinising the application forms, short-listed candidates will be interviewed and a final selection of prospective students made.

Duration of Training:Three (3) Year

The Entry Requirements:

Candidate must have at least:

  1. Five(5) credits at Ordinary Level(GCE 'o' Levels), which must include English, Science and three(3) other academic subjects

    OR

  2. Four (4) credits at WASSSCE (West African Senior Secondary School Certificate of Education), which must include English, Science and two (2) other academic subjects

    OR

  3. A State Enrolled Nurse/Midwife or Enrolled Community Health Nurse/Midwife Certificate holder with at least two years working experience and (3) three GCE/ WASSSCE credits in English, Science and any other academic subject.
  4. AGE:18 Years and above

The school of nursing programmes are structured in modules to cover a wide range of issues and subjects with research incorporated throughout the modules.

MODULES OFFERED IN THE STATE REGISTERED NURSES PROGRAMME

  • Introduction to Health care and Nursing
  • Basic Nursing Care I
  • Basic Nursing Care II
  • Basic Nursing Care III
  • Junior Community Nursing
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Accident, Emergency and Theatre Nursing
  • Teaching/Management Skills I
  • Teaching/Management Skills II
  • Teaching/Management Skills III
  • Senior Community Nursing

Course Structure

The programme is designed to include theoretical and practical skills in various areas of Midwifery. The theoretical component and clinical practice are correlated to link theory to practice and ensure maximum acquisition of skills

Assessment

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is used. All courses are weighted and given credit hours. The number of grade points achieved for a course is calculated as:

  • Grade Point Average X Credit Hours

The Grade Point factor is a numerical value assigned to a letter grade ranging from A-F. The GPA is computed at the end of every term and the total number of grade points obtained for all courses attempted in the term. The cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is also calculated at the same time. At the end of training, certificates will be awarded to students with a minimum CGPA score of 2.50

Continuous Assessment

Formative Evaluation(60% of final mark)

  • Theory Block - Weekly tests & assignments - Clinical Practice - Practical assessment
  • Projects: the projects includes patient care studies, research and report writing on various health issues, nursing and midwifery

Qualifying Examination

Summary Evaluation (40% of final mark)

  • Written Comprehensive Examination
  • Practical assessment
  • Research Project

Graduation Requirements:

To be eligible for this award, the student must:

  • Pass the continuous assessment with a CGPA of not less than 2.50
  • Submit a research project and obtain a Pass grade in it
  • Obtain a pass grade in the written comprehensive examination
  • Obtain a pass grade in the final practical assessment
  • Obtain a CGPA of not less than 2.50 at the end of training

School of Public and Environmental Health

Welcome to the School of Public Health, the only school of its kind in The Gambia, which aims to meet the growing challenge of the millenium by training increasing numbers of public health professionals.

We believe in the achievement of good health through the promotion, protection and maintenance of the physical, mental and social well-being of the individual and his community through the control of those environmental factors that are detrimental or injurious to health. This can be achieved by assuring the existence of informed individuals and groups, and communities that are motivated to take practical actions to increase the quality of the environment for the healthful and productive living of all.

The components of the environment emphasized by the study of Public and Environmental Health are: waste management; food hygiene and control; pest and vector control; environmental health control of housing and sanitation; epidemiological investigation and disease control; air quality management; occupational health and safety; water resources management and sanitation; noise control; protection of recreational environment; radiation control and health; health control of frontiers, air and sea ports and border crossings; pollution control and abatement; educational activities (health promotion and education); promotion and enforcement of environmental and public health quality standards; collaborative efforts to study the effects of environmental hazards (research); environmental health impact assessment (EHIA); the management of emergency situations, disasters, flooding, disease outbreaks; and resource mobilization.

Each programme involes practical field attachments besides the contemporary learning environment. Detailed information is outlined in this prospectus but do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Programs Offered in details at the School of Public Health

HND Public and Environmental Health

Objectives

The overall objective of the Public and Environmental Health HND Programme is to contribute towards the improvement of the health of the Gambian population and that of the West Africa Sub-Region, and its quality of life. The Programme strives to:

  • Prepare HND graduates who wish to pursue further education with the foundation necessary to enable them to successfully complete such education.
  • Prepare HND graduates to function professionally throughout the West Africa Sub-Region and beyond.
  • Prepare HND graduates who are committed to informing individuals, communities and groups on health matters, and assisting them in developing and implementing appropriate public health interventions.

It is expected that at the end of the course, a public and environmental health graduate will have acquired the knowledge, skills and attitudes to achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Identify modern global challenges which effect the implementation of Environmental Health services.
  • Develop the affective and cognitive domain of the Environmental Health professional with the application of simple scientific techniques that will lead to a reduction in incidence of disease and ill-health.
  • Characterize major sources of chemical or microbial contamination of water, air, soil and food;
  • Identify current regulatory and legislative requirements directed at prevention and control of contamination of water, air, soil and food;
  • Describe major processes in human and natural environments that affect transport, dispersion, transformation, and accumulation of hazardous agents and identify characteristics of those agents.
  • Characterize mechanisms and processes by which hazardous or infectious agents reach populations and predict the most significant exposure pathways in a given scenario;
  • Describe and apply means by which exposures of populations to hazardous or infectious agents can be measured and/or modelled;

Minimum Entry Requirement.

Each candidate for admission into the HND Programme must produce evidence of holding one of the following qualifications:

  • General Certificate of Education (GCE);
  • West African School Certificate (WASC);

The credits must include the following – Mathematics, English, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. A credit in any of the following subjects apart from the basic requirements would be an added advantage: Further Mathematics; Geography; Food Science and Nutrition; Technical Drawing; General Science, and Health Science.

Procedure for Selection of Prospective Candidates

  • Candidates must be physically and mentally fit to undergo the training
  • Filing of The Gambia College application form by the established deadline
  • Shortlisted candidates to be interviewed by an admission panel
  • Admission is open to all without regard to gender, ethnicity, or religious affiliation.

Graduation Requirements:

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