WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$354 /year
Applications Begin:10 January, 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies
Start Date:September 2020
Academic Unit:School of Agriculture
Campus:Legon campus
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020
Programme Overview

Family and Consumer Science (FCOS) is concerned with the improvement of the quality of life of the family as a consumer of goods and services in the global environment.
The discipline is an amalgam of natural and social sciences and the Arts. FCOS examines the social, economic and cultural context in which families and individuals live and their likely effect on either creating opportunities or barriers for them.
The physical, social and emotional principles that are offered by FCOS are crucial to understanding families and children and how to improve their welfare.

The mission of the department is to motivate young and talented scientists to make innovative discoveries in family and consumer sciences and also to preserve and improve the quality of life through scholarly studies of individuals, families and society in a continually evolving environment. FCOS professionals work with agencies, programmes and organisations that focus on improving the welfare of families and children.

FCOS has become indispensable to understanding the fundamental challenges of children and families at the very basic level and their likely consequences on the broader society. One major concern that FCS is paying attention to is the continually evolving family structure. It is now known that an increasing number of children are deprived of adequate care because of high divorce rates, non- marital childbearing and cohabitation.

Through the knowledge of family development, relationships dynamics, health, functioning and resource management, FCOS experts are studying this phenomenon in order to design appropriate interventions for redress.

At the end of the programme, students are expected to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of how the diversity of families and community impact on the development of the family.
• Demonstrate an understanding of procedures needed to promote and maintain health, nutrition and safety of individuals and the family..
• Be able to apply diverse teaching methods and strategies which are appropriate to addressing the needs of individuals and families.
• Be able to analyze family and children life’s situation from a cultural, systemic and developmental perspective.
• Be able to establish microbusinesses in the different areas of family and consumer sciences

Admission Requirements

For Ghanaian Students:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & Social Studies
Electives: Credit passes in any three of Chemistry, Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Elective Mathematics, with at least a C6 in Chemistry

For International Students:

West Africa WASSCE:

Core: Credit passes in English, Core Mathematics, Integrated Science & a Science subject.
Electives: Credit passes in Chemistry, and any two of Physics, Biology/Agriculture Science, Geography and Further Mathematics.

American High School:

American High School Grade 12
An applicant for admission to a degree programme in the University of Ghana must have and a Final Grade Point of at least 3.0

Cambridge ‘A’ and ‘O’ Levels:

Three (3)’A’ Level subjects comprising:
Chemistry, and any two (2) of Physics, Biology, Geography and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate:

At least Grade 4 in three (3) HL subjects comprising:
In addition, applicants must have at least Grade 4 in English Language/Literature (SL), and at least C in a science subject at the IGCSE or equivalent.

Application Process
Application Fees for Ghanaian students: $34
Application Fees for International students: $105

University of Ghana online application E-VOUCHERS can be obtained by Ghanaian applicants for GH¢200.00 at the following banks: Ecobank, Republic Bank, Agricultural Development Bank, Ghana Commercial Bank, Zenith Bank, Universal Merchant Bank, Consolidated Bank Ghana (CBG), Prudential Bank and Fidelity Bank. Ghanaian applicants in the following categories are expected to apply using the E-VOUCHER:

WASSSCE/SSSCE Applicants and Ghanaians with Foreign Background
WASSCE/SSSCE applicants and Ghanaians who apply with foreign qualifications from schools which write the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the IGCSE such as Alpha Beta, Faith Montessori International School, Ghana International School, New Nation International School, SOS – Hermann GMEINER International College and Tema International School etc., should do the following:

At any of the Banks listed above, applicants will be required to indicate their names, mobile phone numbers and e-mail addresses on the bank voucher before they are served. Those without e-mail addresses will however not be disadvantaged. A confirmation of their Pin will be sent to their mobile phones. After purchasing the e-voucher, applicants should CAREFULLY follow the instructions given. After the application has been submitted on-line, the e-voucher should be kept in a safe place as it may be required by applicants when accessing their admission status at a later date.

After buying the e-voucher, Diploma/HND to Degree applicants are expected to scan and attach the following documents to their online application forms:

Diploma/HND transcripts
Where applicable, certified copies of ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates/result slips
The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/results slips should be scanned into one PDF or WORD document and attached to the application form.

International applicants and Ghanaians applying from abroad should NOT buy the e-voucher. They should use the following this link to access the online application form for completion and submission.

Online Application for International & Ghanaians Abroad Undergraduate applicants

All applicants are expected to pay to the University a non-refundable application processing fee of US$110.00.This fee can be paid directly or wire transferred into the University of Ghana ECOBANK Account.

Details of the Account are:

Account Name: University of Ghana Foreign Students Fees
Account Number: 2441000716652
Bank Details: Ecobank Ghana Limited, Legon Branch

or International Transfer through Ecobank (2441000716652 or 1441000716647

or Payment with Credit Card on the GT payment platform.

The pay-in-slips together with applicants’ certificates/result slips should be scanned and attached to the application form before submission online. The certificates/ results slips should be scanned into one PDF or Word document and attached to the application form.

Note that no application will be processed without proof of payment of the fee.

Career Opportunities

FCOS graduates pursue postgraduate studies for further specialization and have the chance to be employed as:
• Food industry/ Hospitality Service Managers
• Fashion Designers
• Family Resource Managers
• Early Childhood Education Managers
• Child Development Specialists
• Teaching/Research/Extension
• Programme Managers
• Rehabilitation Services
• Consumer Education Specialists
• Nutritionists/Dietitians
• Management consultants

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Tuition Fees for Ghanaian students: $354
Tuition Fees for International students: $5,023


Angelina O. Danquah (BSc (KNUST) MSc (Acadia) PhD (McGill))
Associate Professor

Christina A. Nti (BSc (Ghana) MPhil (Oslo) PhD (Ghana))
Associate Professor /;

Clara Opare-Obisaw (BSc (Ghana) MSc (Guelph) PhD (Ghana))
Associate Professor

Cynthia Gadegbeku (B.Ed. (UCC) MPhil (Ghana) PhD (Reading))
Senior Lecturer (Head of Department)

Docea A.G. Fianu (BSc (Ghana) MSc (Guelph))
Associate Professor

Efua T. Vandyck ((BSc, MPhil, PhD (Ghana))
Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth M. Ba-Ama ((BSc, MPhil (Ghana))

Joris G. Niilante Amissah ((BSc (KNUST) MSc, PhD (Cornell))

Justice Owusu-Bempah ((Bsc, MPhil (Ghana), PhD (New Zealand))
Senior Lecturer

Laetitia A.P. Hevi-Yiboe (BSc (Ghana) MSc (Guelph) PhD (Iowa State))
Associate Professor

Mercy Kuma-Kpobee ((B.Tech, M.Tech (Technikon Pretoria), PhD (UK))

Nana Yaa Asantewaa Nyarko ((BA, MPhil (Ghana))

Sheriffa Mahama ((BA, MPhil (Ghana), PhD (Germany))
Senior Lecturer

Vivian Tackie-Ofosu ((BSc, MPhil (Ghana), MPA(Iowa), PhD(Ghana))
Senior Lecturer

Relevant Contact

Cynthia Gadegbeku
Head of Department
School of Agriculture
Responsible for admission inquiries