Structure of the Senior Secondary School (SSS)

Students at the Senior Secondary category are expected to offer a minimum of 10 and maximum of 12 subjects in SS1 and SS2. However, the number of subjects in the final SS3 is reduced to a minimum of 8 and maximum of 9.

Traditionally, students in the Senior Secondary classes should offer subjects based on their departmental inclinations. But the current curriculum, as designed by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC), requires all students in  the Senior Secondary classes to offer five compulsory subjects, irrespective of their departments or specialized fields. These subjects are otherwise referred to as “five cross-cutting core subjects”.

They include the following:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Computer / ICT
  • Civic Education
  • One Trade Subject (i.e. Trade Entrepreneurial Skill)

In addition to the above, students are to choose from the following elective subjects based on their proposed area of specialized fields:

Sciences Social Sciences (Business) Arts (Humanities)



Further Mathematics

Agric/Food& Nutrition

Health Education





Further mathematics






Yoruba Language

French Language

Structure of the Junior Secondary School (JSS)

Students are taken through the approved curriculum in all subjects with a view to equipping them with basic knowledge and skills. Sources of such curriculum include the schemes of work from State and Federal Ministries of Education; Syllabuses from WAEC, NECO and JAMB; and the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC). Most often, LICO usually conducts holistic review and appraisal of these curricula in order to ensure that every student that is privileged to pass through LICO is fully and extra-ordinarily embellished with up-to-date academic knowledge and skills that would make him/her compete favorably with other students in any part of the world.

It is worthy of note to state that all subjects at the Junior Secondary School level are core (i.e. all subjects are compulsory).

They include the following:

For JS1 and 2

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Yoruba Language
  • Business Studies
  • Basic Science and Technology (BST)
  • Religion and National Values (RNV)
  • Cultural and Creative Arts (CCA)
  • Prevocational Studies (PVS)
  • French

For JS 3 

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Basic Science
  • Basic Technology
  • Computer/ICT
  • Social Studies
  • Home Economics
  • Cultural and Creative Arts (CCA)
  • Physical and Health Education (PHE)
  • Agricultural Science
  • Civic & Security Education
  • Yoruba
  • French Language
  • Business Studies

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