What You Need to Know about KNUST Distance Education Programs

What You Need to Know about KNUST Distance Education Programs

Demand for tertiary education, nationally and worldwide, in the last few decades has outstretched the limited resources of educational institutions. Access to tertiary education and training has, therefore, become sought after and available to a few. The solution has been to utilize innovative approaches including Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL).

The Ghana Government policy on Tertiary Education provides the policy framework for Ghanaian Universities to increase access to tertiary education. In response to this, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi, has taken up the challenge of strategically increasing access to quality higher education and training through the establishment of the Institute of Distance Learning (IDL)  through mixed mode using multimedia.

The KNUST adopted Distance Education as a viable complement to conventional face to face regular education. The IDL was thus established to deliver programmes of study in the distance learning mode. As at the beginning of the 2015-2016 Academic year, the IDL was offering Top-Up BSc in 17 programmes and 30 Postgraduate Programmes.

How Do I Contact Knust Institute Of Distance Learning (idl)?


The IDL main office in KNUST – Kumasi can be contacted on the following:

Telephone:                   0500 482885 / 0540 206262 / 0247 274661

Website:                            idl.knust.edu.gh

Email Address:              idl@knust.,edu.gh

How Do I Apply To A Distance Learning Degree Programme?


Degree programme application requirements and instructions are available on our Admissions website pages

Is Distance Learning A Separate Degree?

No. Students admitted to a Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) degree program can take distance learning courses or on-campus courses, whichever best fit their lifestyle. You will be awarded the same degree as all other graduate students admitted to the Graduate Certificate, M.Sc programs.

What Academic Advising Services Are Available?


As a prospective Distance Learning student we have advisers who are available to help you meet your educational goals. You may contact an academic adviser at the Distance Education office in Kumasi by calling 0500 482885 / 0540 206262 / 0247 274661. They will review your academic background and help you plan your future course of study.


Are The Distance Degree Programmes In Idl Accredited?


All programmes run by IDL are accredited by the National Accreditation Board (NAB). The NAB can be contacted on 0302-946013 / 0307034465 or [email protected]

Can I Apply For A Degree Programme With Only My Wassce / Sssce Certificate?


Programmes that are run at IDL KNUST are TOP-UP degrees for HND certificate and other Diploma holders who want to upgrade to a degree. Some programmes are however open to SSSCE / WASSCE certificate holders. Please refer to http://www.knust.edu.gh/admissions/prospective/idl-top-up-admissions for more details.


How Do I Apply To Study By Distance?


Applications are strictly online. Online application e-Vouchers can be obtained at the following places: All IDL Centres, Ecobank, GCB, HFC Bank, UniBank and Fidelity Bank.  E-Vouchers may be purchased by Bankers draft payable to Institute of Distance Learning (IDL).

Applicants Must Ensure That They Purchase Distance Learning Forms Not Regular School Forms To Avoid Complication


What Is The Admission Requirement For A Postgraduate Programme?


¨      A good first degree in any discipline

¨      Professional qualification

¨      Minimum of 2 years’ experience in senior management/ leadership position

¨      Satisfactory score in the programme Admission Test

For more details go online and refer to the https://www.knust.edu.gh/admissions/prospective/applying link on the main KNUST website

What Is The Admission Requirement For Undergraduate Programme?


To gain admission to pursue an undergraduate or top-up programme in KNUST-IDL, you will need

¨      At least 5 (five) credits in GCE “O” Level, including English Language and Mathematics

¨      At least 6 (six) credits in SSSCE/WASSCE subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Integrated Science plus three (electives) with an aggregate not exceeding 24.

Applicants with passes (i.e. D7 and E8) in English, Mathematics and Integrated Science, who completed their HND on or before 2010 can apply to go through a qualifying Pre-bridging (Access) Course.


What Is The Admission Procedure?


Information about the admission process can be found on http://archive.knust.edu.gh/pages/index.php?siteid=admissions


What Sort Of Tutorial And Student Support Services Do Distance Learning Students Receive?


Distance Learning students have access to Facilitators and Programme Coordinators. Students also have access to the IDL Virtual Class (V-Class) through which they take part in discussions, receive support from the facilitators on individual modules and access feedback from tutors on assignments.


Do I Need An Id Card To Verify My Student Status?


YES, IDL will provide you with an ID card after registration. For further information please contact your Centre Coordinator.


Can I Drop A Course Or Courses Once I Have Registered?


YES. Fill a Change Of Course Form within a month of registration.


Do You Conduct Orientation For Fresh Students?


YES. At the beginning of each academic year, orientation is organized for fresh students. Students get to know more about the Institute as well as KNUST. Students are also introduced to their course of study, as they get to interact with some of their Lecturers and Facilitators. Orientations are held at Kumasi and Accra at the beginning of the academic year. In some cases, orientations take place at other designated centres. More information will be given before the scheduled date for orientation.


What Programmes Are Offered In Distance Learning?


IDL KNUST offers a variety of programmes ranging from Undergraduate, Top-Up, Diploma and Post Graduate programmes.

For more information, visit the Distance Learning page on the main KNUST website at https://www.knust.edu.gh/admissions/prospective/idladmissions


How Does A Student Register?


Registration is done at the beginning of each semester. To register,

¨      Students are required to pay their fees before you can register.

¨      First year and continuing students are permitted to pay at least 60% and 50% respectively of their fees for the entire academic year to enable them register for the First Semester.

¨      The remaining amount, that is, balance of the fees, MUST be paid before registration can be done for the second semester.

¨      Payment of fees can be done at any of the following banks: ECOBANK, HFC BANK, MERCHANT BANK, GCB, FIDELITY BANK and UBA.

¨      After payment, students are to submit their Pay-In–Slips to their Centre for official KNUST receipt.

¨      First year students/Freshmen & women will be given their usernames and passwords by the University Information Technology Services (UITS) to enable them register their courses for the semester online.

¨      NOTE that, after payment of the required amount of fees, students will receive an email or an SMS which will give the details of username, password and website for registration purposes.

¨      Visit your Centre for assistance if you encounter any difficulty.


What Is The Duration Of Distance Programmes?


It depends. Top-up programmes lasts for two and half years. Postgraduate programmes spans for 2 years and specialized programmes lasts for a year.

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Prospective Students can also check out the Admission Deadlines for Tertiary Institutions in Ghana as well as their Entry Requirements before Applying.

They can also check the Institions’ cut off points and How to Apply to the various Tertiary Institutions in Ghana as well as the Insitutions’ Fees Schedulesfor any particular Semester or Year.

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