General Business Certificate Examination (Gbce)

The General Business Certificate Examination is available to both school and private candidates, i.e. candidates attending schools that prepare them for the examination and candidates who study privately towards the examination.

Period of the Examination

The GBCE is taken in May/June each year for both Single Subject and Group Entry.

Entry for the Examination

The entry period is December to February and it lasts for three months. School authorities are expected to register their candidates and upload their entry data on- line. Other details of the entry procedure are provided in Notes for the Guidance of Schools which are supplied together with the entry documents.
Registration is strictly online for private candidates. Candidates can obtain more information on how to register for the examination at www.waecgh.org

 

Subjects for the Examination

The examination is conducted on a Single Subject Entry basis as well as on Group Entry basis.

Single Subject Entry – A candidate may enter for any number of the following subjects of his/her choice:

  • Business Law
  • Mathematics
  • Commerce
  • Cost Accounting
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • Financial Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Office Practice
  • Shorthand
  • Typewriting
  • Integrated Science
  • Social Studies

 

A certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains at least a pass in any subject offered in the examination.

Group Entry: A candidate may enter for a group certificate consisting of a minimum of two compulsory and three optional subjects in the following areas:

ACCOUNTING OPTION

  • Compulsory Subjects
  • Financial Accounting
  • English Language
  • Optional Subjects (Any three)
  • Mathematics
  • Commerce
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Cost Accounting

 

BUSINESS STUDIES OPTION

Compulsory Subjects

  • Economics
  • English language

Optional Subjects (Any three)

  • Financial Accounting
  • Mathematics
  • Commerce
  • Business Law
  • Office Practice

 

SECRETARIAL STUDIES OPTION

Compulsory Subjects

  • Shorthand
  • Typewriting 
  • English Language

Optional Subjects (Any three)

  • Office Practice
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Commerce
  • Social Studies, Integrated Science and Information Technology may be added to the optional subjects. 

The subject groups are reviewed from time to time or when new subjects are introduced into the examination scheme.

Grading

There are six alphabetical grades in order of merit from Grade A to Grade F, Grade A being the highest and Grade F the lowest. The first five grades – A, B, C, D, E, – are pass grades. Grade F represents a failure.

Conditions for the Award of Certificates

The General Business Certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains at least a pass in a subject offered in the examination. The Group Certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains passes in all the relevant subjects at one sitting. A candidate who is unable to satisfy the criterion for the award of a Group Certificate is awarded a certificate for each of the subjects passed.

Certificates

Certificates are collected by school authorities and private candidates. Certificates are produced once, and so certificates which get lost or damaged after collection are not replaced.

Confirmation of Results

Candidates who lose their certificates may confirm their results to prospective employers and educational institutions.
Further details on the examination may be obtained from the Senior Deputy Registrar/ Head of Test Development Division, Telephone Numbers: +233-302-208201-9 and Senior Deputy Registrar/Head of Test Administration Division, Telephone Numbers: +233-302-208201-9 or [email protected]

ADVANCED BUSINESS CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION (ABCE)

Eligibility

The Advanced Business Certificate Examination is available to School Candidates as well as candidates who study privately towards the examination.
Candidates who have obtained passes in the relevant subjects at the GCE ‘O’ Level/SSSCE/WASSCE/General Business Certificate/Royal Society of Arts Stage II/London Chamber of Commerce and Industry Stage II Level may be considered as eligible candidates for the examination.

 

Period of the Examination

The ABCE is taken in May/June each year for both Single Subject and Group Entry.

Entry for the Examination

The entry period is December to February and it lasts for three months. School authorities are expected to register their candidates and upload their entry data on- line. Other details of the entry procedure are provided in Notes for the Guidance of Schools which are supplied together with the entry documents.
Registration is strictly online for private candidates. Candidates can obtain more information on how to register for the examination at www.waecgh.org

Subjects for the Examination

The examination, like the General Business Certificate Examination is conducted on Single Subject Entry basis as well as Group Entry basis.

Single Subject Entry

The subjects available are as follows:

  • Auditing
  • Business Communication
  • Business Law
  • Business Mathematics
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Office Administration and Practice
  • Taxation
  • Information Systems
  • Typewriting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Hardware and Networking

 

The Advanced Business Certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains at least a pass in a subject offered in the examination. A certificate is awarded for each subject passed.

Group Entry (Diploma)

The Diploma option of the ABCE involves a combination of three (3) compulsory and two (2) optional subjects as follows:

DIPLOMA IN ACCOUNTING OPTION

Compulsory Subjects

  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost and Management Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Optional Subjects (Any two)
  • Economics
  • Taxation
  • Business Law
  • Business Finance
  • Business Mathematics
  • Business Communication
  • Information Technology

 

DIPLOMA INBUSINESS ADMINISTRATION OPTION

Compulsory Subjects

  • Marketing
  • Business Finance
  • Human Resource Management

Optional Subjects (Any two)

  • Economics
  • Business Law
  • Business Mathematics
  • Financial Accounting
  • Business Communication
  • Information Technology

 

DIPLOMA IN OFFICE MANAGEMENT OPTION

Compulsory Subjects

  • Business Communication
  • Office Administration and Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Optional Subjects (Any two)
  • Typewriting (50wpm)
  • Economics
  • Business Law
  • Business Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing

 

DIPLOMA IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OPTION

Compulsory Subjects

  • Hardware and Networking
  • Information Technology
  • Optional Subjects (Any two)
  • Information Systems
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Office Administration and Practice

 

Conditions for the Award of Diploma

 

  • A candidate who passes all the three compulsory and two optional subjects in two sittings within a maximum period of two calendar years from the date of the first registration will be awarded a DIPLOMA certificate.
  • A candidate who is unable to obtain a pass in all the Subjects within the stipulated period of two years from the date of the first registration will be issued single
  • Advanced Business Certificates for each subject in which he/she obtains a pass.

 

Further Enquiries

For further enquiries, you may contact The Controller, Professional and Vocational Examinations Administration Department on Telephone numbers: +233-302-208201-9.

 

FOREIGN PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATIONS

  • The Council also conducts examinations on behalf of foreign professional bodies and examination boards. These include:
  • Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM)
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA)
  • Association of Business Executives (ABE)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS)
  • Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS)
  • University of London International Programme
  • Cambridge International College (CIC)
  • Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE)
  • London Centre of Marketing
  • Paris Graduate School of Management (PGSM)

Further Enquires

You may visit the websites of these institutions or boards for information on their examination OR contact the Controller, Professional and Vocational Examinations Administration Department (PVEAD) on Tel. Numbers:
+233-302 685920/685943/685982-84/ 685946

REVIEW OF SCRIPTS

Schools and individual candidates may request for a review of their scripts after the release of results.

The request for review arises from dissatisfaction with a candidate’s results and the desire to know what might have accounted for such a performance.

The review of scripts is done with a view to identifying the weaknesses of the candidates and correcting any defects in teaching and the way candidates tackle questions.

For school-based examinations, requests for review of their scripts are entertained from heads of schools. Private candidates may also request for review of their own scripts. It must be noted that scripts are kept for only three months after the release of results. In view of this, all requests for review should be done within the stipulated period.

The review of scripts attracts a fee that is reviewed periodically.

Request for the review must be made formally to the Senior Deputy Registrar/Head of Test Administration Division.

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