Bolgatanga Polytechnic Brochure


Bolgatanga Polytechnic Brochure

Bolgatanga Polytechnic
Sale of forms
2020/2021 academic year
Bolgatanga Polytechnic was established in 1999 but began its academic
programmes in September, 2003. The Polytechnic is located in Sumbrungu
near Bolgatanga, the capital of Upper East Region of Ghana, on the
Bolgatanga – Navrongo road.
The vision of the Polytechnic is to become a centre of academic and
professional excellence for teaching, learning, and research and community
service employing the state of the art technology.
P. O. Box 767, Bolgatanga, UE, Ghana
0206663739 / 0560939737 Or 0208244965 / 0246270297 Or 0504578977 /
0244578977 Or 0504348779 / 0244175095

An E-voucher Number and PIN can be obtained from:
1. All Regional Post Offices in Ghana including the under listed Post offices:
Bolgatanga, Bawku, Navrongo, Tamale, Wa, Sunyani, Techiman,
Kumasi, Cape Coast, Ho, Kaneshie, Accra Central, Circle, Tema
Main, Koforidua, Takoradi,
2. Cash Office, Bolgatanga Polytechnic, Sumbrungu Campus
Bachelor of Technology – GH¢140.00
HND Direct Entry – GH¢130.00
HND Mature – GH¢140.00
Diploma Programmes – GH¢130.00
Access Course – GH¢130.00
Diploma in Business Studies – GH¢95.00
Advanced Fashion and Design – GH¢90.00
Advanced Cookery/Catering – GH¢90.00
International Students – USD90

1. HND Accountancy
2. HND Marketing
3. HND Secretaryship and Management Studies
4. HND Procurement and Logistics Management
1. HND Hotel Catering and Institutional Management
2. HND Industrial Arts (Options: Sculpture, Fashion & Textiles, Textiles,
Graphic Design, Ceramics, Leather work, Creative Painting and Painting
& Decoration)
3. HND Ecological Agriculture
4. HND Statistics
1. HND Agricultural Engineering
2. HND Civil Engineering
3. HND Building Technology
1. HND Accountancy
2. HND Secretaryship and Management Studies
3. HND Procurement and Logistics Management
4. HND Marketing
1. Bachelor of Technology in Accounting with Computing
2. Bachelor of Technology in Procurement and Supply Chain Management

A. Tertiary Programmes
i. GCE ‘A’ Level/GBCE/ABCE Applicants
Five (5) GCE ‘O’ Level credit passes (including Mathematics and English
Language) or five (5) passes in GBCE (formerly RSAII) including
Mathematics AND English Language plus at least three (3) passes in GCE
‘A’ level subjects (including General Paper) or two (2) passes in ABCE (RSA
III) subjects
Passes in three (3) core subjects (English Language, Mathematics and
Science), plus three (3) passes in the relevant elective subjects with an
aggregate score of 24 or better for SSSCE and 36 or better for WASSCE.
For the non-science related programmes social studies is used for the
i. A candidate must not be less than twenty-five (25) years of age August,
2013; ii. Must have at least four (4) SSSCE/WASSCE passes or four (4)
GCE ‘O’ Level Credits including English Language and Mathematics and
iii. Must pass a written examination and an interview.
i. DBS/NACVET/GAT Applicants
v Diploma in Business Studies (DBS) OR NACVET Certificate- Senior
Stenographer or Ghana Accounting Technician (GAT) Part One and
v In addition, applicants must have passes in two (2) core subjects (English
and Mathematics) and two (2) elective subjects in SSSCE / WASSCE or
GCE ‘O’ Level Credit in four (4) subjects including English Language and

ii. Catering/ Fashion Professional
v Catering 811/2 with three (3) core subjects including English Language
v Mathematics and two (2) relevant elective subjects and
v Advanced Catering/Fashion plus passes in SSSCE, WASSCE, or GCE
‘O’ Level Mathematics and English Language.
iii. Holders of Engineering Certificates
v Part II, holders of Mechanical Engineering, Agriculture, Automobile &
Electrical Engineering plus passes in SSSCE, WASSCE or GCE ‘O’ Level
Mathematics and English Language.
iv. Practising Professionals
Practising professionals such as Storekeepers and Accounts Clerks with
the requisite qualifications as in (i) above are encouraged to apply.
v HND Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management
v HND Industrial Art
v HND Civil Engineering
v HND Agricultural Engineering
v HND General Agriculture (Ecological)
Applicants selected for the Access Programme would do one academic year
(i.e. two semesters of sixteen (16) weeks each) studying Mathematics,
English Language and Science. A final examination would then be conducted
by the National Board for Professional and Technician Examinations
(NABPTEX) in the three subjects, after which successful applicants shall
proceed to enrol into the Higher National Diploma Programme. A minimum of
50% pass in each of the three subjects is required for the qualification into
the HND programme.


Applicants should possess a minimum qualification of Catering 811/2, CTC II;
MVT II & III and MET II & III or its equivalent and Intermediate or Craft
Certificate or its equivalent in the relevant area of study.
Business Studies (DBS)
1. Accounting option;
2. Secretarial option;
3. Management option and
4. Marketing option
i. Five (5) GCE ‘O’ Level credit passes including Mathematics and English
ii. RSA or Ghana Commercial Examination Stage II with passes four (4)
subjects including Mathematics and English Language
iii. SSS/SSSCE / WASSCE with four (4) passes including Mathematics and
English Language
Catering Officers in both public and private establishments.
1. Matrons in institutions.
2. Chefs in hotels and restaurants.
3. Production Assistants.
4. Self –Employed (Young Entrepreneurs).
5. Hotel and Restaurants Managers.
6. Housekeepers and Room attendants in hotels.
7. Food and Beverage Managers (Restaurant –section).
8. Front Office Managers.
9. Reservation Managers.
10. Banqueting Managers.
11. Event Planners.
12. Waiting Staff in restaurants (Waiters and Waitresses)
13. Airhostesses.
14. Teaching Staff.
1. HCIM graduate can go further to study B-TECH in hospitality in the
Polytechnics and GIMPA.
2. BSC (Bachelor of Science in Hospitality –University of Education- Kumasi
Campus and University of Cape Coast.
Job Opportunities:
Civil Engineering offers solution to the following challenges;
1. Pollution
2. Traffic congestion,
3. Provision of potable drinking water,
4. Assisting with the provision of energy needs,
5. Urban redevelopment
6. Community planning
Civil Engineering skills is needed throughout the world in whatever area
chosen, be it design, construction, research, planning, teaching or
management. Successful HND Civil Engineers can largely be employed in all
construction firms and institution that have construction related challenges.
Among others they can be engaged by;
1. District and Municipal assemblies
2. Private consultants as clerk of works,
3. Building and road contractors as site engineers.
4. Graduates are also equipped to start their own construction firm/
Major areas of specialization include:
HND Civil Engineering graduates can proceed to read BSc and subsequently
MSc in the following related fields
1. Structural Engineering
2. Environmental Engineering,
3. Geotechnical Engineering,
4. Water Resources Engineering,
5. Transportation Engineering,
6. Construction Engineering,
7. Urban and Community Planning.
Graduates of the HND- Ecological Agriculture will gain the skills and
competencies to prepare them for following employment opportunities:
1. Self-employment.
2. Variety of private Agriculture related organisation / Non-Governmental
Organisations (NGOs) both local and international
3. Production Farm Managers
4. Agriculture Extension Officers
1. Publicly owned organizations and agencies in the Government Ministries,
and Departments of Agriculture sector at the National, Regional and District
levels of Ghana and outside Ghana Eg.
a. Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA)
b. Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA);
c. Irrigation Company of Upper Region (ICOUR)
d. Banking Industries Eg. Agriculture Development Banks (ADB)
e. Lands and Forestry Commissions
f. Game and Wildlife Management
g. Teaching at Ghana Education Service (GES) the basic level as
Integrated Science teachers
2. Research Institutions Eg.
a. Polytechnics,
b. Universities,
c. Animal Research Institute (ARI),
d. Crop Research Institute (CRP)
e. Forestry Research Institute (FRI) as technicians
f. Savannah Research Institute (SARI) Ghana Cocoa Board
Academic progression
Graduates of the HND- Ecological Agriculture can obtain admission for a twoyear
Top-Up programme in BSc. Agriculture in the public or private
universities. They can also enrol for the Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in
Agriculture in the Polytechnics that we hope to introduce in the Bolgatanga
Polytechnic soon.
Job Opportunities Apart from self-employment, graduates of the programme
would have access to job opportunities with:
MMDAs/MDAs including: Ministries of Roads and Transport, Water
Resources Works & Housing; Agriculture; Local Government, Ports, Harbours
and Railways at the National, Regional and District levels as well as Teaching
and Research Institutions, Municipal, Metropolitan District Assemblies.
Private Sector: Civil Engineering and Building Construction Companies,
Mining Companies, NGO’s that are into Housing and Rural Infrastructure
Academic Progression
Bsc. Building Technology/Civil Engineering, BSc. Construction Technology
and Management, BSc. Quantity Surveying and Construction Economics,
BTech Construction Technology, MSc. Construction Management, MSc.
Project Management, MSc. /MPhil. Building Technology and PhD. Building

Careers/Job Opportunities
Marketing jobs or careers in marketing are act creative and driven individuals.
Though most marketing jobs are specialized, marketing typically draws on your
ability to match perceptions of the market with achievable plans of ac on.
Depending on your chosen career path, people in marketing engage in a wide
variety of job duties. Job opportunities in marketing can be found in both the
Public and Private sectors in Ghana. However, most typical marketing jobs are
more in the private sector.
1. Opportunities in the Public sector
a. Corporate Communications Manager
b. Public relations Specialist
c. Press Secretary
d. Teaching/Lecturer
e. Marketing Manager
f. Market Research Supervisor/Analyst
2. Opportunities in the Private sector
Most marketing job opportunities in the private sector are typically found in the
areas of Marketing Communications/Advertising, Sales/Retailing, Product and
Service/Brand Management, Public Relations, and Market Research. The
following are examples of jobs that can be found in the various areas.
Marketing Communications/Advertising
In marketing communications, advertising, you will work with all aspects of
marketing from strategy to concept to the execution of the strategy. You will
find that most jobs on the business side of advertising in account management,
account planning and media buying-defining the jobs that are mostly found in
advertising agencies. Jobs in Marketing communications/advertising include
but not limited to the following:
a. Communications Manager
b. Advertising Manager
c. Advertising Sales Manager
d. Account Executive/Coordinator
e. Media Coordinator/Director
f. Media Buyer
Job opportunities in Sales / Retailing, Product and Service / Brand
Management include the under-listed.
a. Brand Manager
b. Product Manager
c. Product Development Manager
d. Sales Representatives
e. Sales Consultants
f. Sales Supervisors
Job opportunities in Public Relations
a. Public Relations Specialist
b. Public Relations Director
c. Corporate Communications Manager
d. Press Secretary
Jobs in Market Research
a. Market Research Director
b. Market Research Manager
c. Market Research Supervisor
d. Market Research Analyst
After an HND in Marketing, a number of opportunities exist for academic
progression. As an HND holder, you may decide to progress on a professional
route or a purely academic route or a combination of both.
Professional Route
Graduates can progress professionally (i.e. obtain professional certificates and
become chartered members) by enrolling with either the Chartered Institute of
Marketing (CIM UK, Ghana) or the Institute of Commercial Management (UK).
However, it is good to note that CIM is the most widely known professional
body worldwide in terms of marketing. Graduates who wish to pursue careers
in marketing in the private sector are particularly encouraged to seriously
consider the professional route though a combination of the academic and
professional routes is also considered good.
Academic Route
Graduates of an HND programme in marketing have opportunities of
progression in most of the Universities (Public and Private) in Ghana. Topup
programmes (usually for two years) exist for graduates who will wish to
acquire a degree in marketing after the HND.
Outside of Ghana (e.g. UK) HND holders can enrol for a post-graduate diploma
programme for six months and qualify thereafter to pursue a master’s
Employment prospects of Graduates Employment prospects of the
graduates includes;
a. Statistical Service,
b. Health Sector,
c. District Assemblies,
d. Community Development,
e. Teaching,
f. Agricultural Sectors,
g. Industries, Banks etc.
h. They are the manpower needs of the country.
i. The graduates also have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to enter
into self-employment.
Most of our Graduates are within the country. Comments from some of the
employers of our graduates are that they are smart, hardworking and
Academic Progression
On successful completion of HND statistics program, candidates stand the
chance of advancing their education in the following field:
a. BA Guidance and Counselling Education
b. BA/ BSc Mathematic Education
c. BA Basic Education
d. Bsc Financial Mathematics
e. Bsc Actuarial Science
f. Bsc Statistics
g. Bsc Mathematics
h. Bsc Mathematics and Economics
i. Bsc Biometrics
j. BSc Bioinformatics
Note: HND candidates pursuing first degree courses in Ghanaian Universities
may be placed at level 200 giving their academic standing.
Employment Prospects of HND Accountancy Graduates
HND Accountancy programme is work-related qualifications where learning is
often hands-on. Diplomats acquire specific technical skills and transferable
skills that benefit employers from both public and private sector. Accounting is
a career-oriented subject with its demand felt in the corporate domain
especially by businessmen. The realm is witnessing a surging demand of firms
catering accounting and tax services in the most cost-effective and viable
manner. The contributing attributes of the subject Accounting, help in
cultivating many opportunities in the corporate realm, thus improving the
operational quality of business. Hence, the demand of the subject and the
benefits of HND encourage students to take up an HND course in
There are Government Agencies that employ larger numbers of Graduates of
Accounting with a standard scale of those graduates where potential
employees know their placement in such organizations which are absent in
most programmes. Some of these agencies are:
a. Controller and Accountant General Department
b. Ghana Audit Service
c. Internal Audit Agency
d. Ghana Health Service
e. Ghana Revenue Authority
f. Ghana Education Service
Academic Progression
On successfully achieving an HND Accountancy qualification, the graduates
can progress through the following.
a. Offer 18 months Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) currently being run
by Bolgatanga Polytechnic and some Polytechnics
b. Offer top-up B. Com, BSc/BA/ in accounting related programmes at the
Offer professional programmes such as:
• ICA Ghana (Institute of Chartered Accountants Ghana) (with
exemptions in part 1 and 2 from the 4 parts)
• Chartered Institute of Bankers ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified
• CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants)
• The Chartered Institute of Taxation
• The Chartered Insurance Institute
• The British Insurance Brokers Association
• The Management Consultancies Association
• The Securities and Investments Institute
• The Pensions Management Institute

Employment Prospects of Graduates:
The diverse nature of the programme would equip the graduates with the
requisite training for to fit into many areas in the economy (both within the
private and public sector organizations). The programme would equip
students with knowledge and skills for: Employment in the visual art sectors of
the economy including the Centres for National Culture, the Press houses
(both print and electronic), Tourist sites, the Craft villages, the Public Works
Department, the Department of Housing and Cottage Industries, the Ghana
Education Service and other Private-owned Art institutions. Other job
opportunities are the Ceramic factories, furniture factories, footwear factories,
the textiles and garment factories, the leather tanneries, NHIS, the National
Identification Authority, the Film and Photo industry, the Museums and
Monuments board and the Estates construction firms among others.
Progression to higher calibre professions in the industrial arts industry.
Academic Progression:
Progression in terms of admission into the Department
Access Programme
Students after going through our Access Programme can join any other
Polytechnic likewise students from other Polytechnics after going through an
access programme.
After HND
The Polytechnic system allows students to return and offer 2 years Bachelor
of Technology (B. Tech.) currently at the following Polytechnics: Sunyani,
Takoradi and Ho.
After HND (University Degree)
Students would be admitted at Level 200 in University to pursue:
a. Graphics – BA/BFA Communication Design
b. Graphics – BA Graphic Design
c. Painting – BA/BFA Painting
d. Sculpture – BA/BFA sculpture
e. Leatherworks – BA (IRAI)
f. Fashion – BA/BFA
g. Textiles – BA/BFA Textiles
h. Ceramics – BA/BFA Ceramics
i. BED. Art Education (all programmes)
Job Opportunities
Graduates of the HND-Agricultural Engineering (CBT) will gain the skills and
competencies that will prepare them for self-employment. They are expected
to find employment in a variety of privately or publicly owned organizations and
agencies whose principal focus is the agricultural sector of the economy of
Ghana; NGOs; environmental protection agencies; Government Ministries,
and Departments of Agriculture, Land and Water Resources, or Polytechnics.
Academic progression
Graduates of the HND-Agricultural Engineering can obtain admission for a
two-year Top-Up programme in BSc. Agricultural Engineering in the public or
private universities. They can also enrol for the Bachelor of Technology
(BTech) in Agricultural Engineering in the Polytechnics.
Employment prospects of Graduates
Employment prospects of the graduates includes;
• Statistical Service,
• Health Sector,
• District Assemblies,
• Community Dev’t,
• Teaching,
• Agricultural Sectors,
• Industries, Banks etc.
• They are the manpower needs of the country.
• The graduates also have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to enter
into self-employment.
• Most of our Graduates are within the country. Comments from some of
the employers of our graduates are that they are smart, hardworking and
Job Opportunities
The graduates of the Procurement and Logistics programme can function in
their capacities as Procurement Officers in any public and private, as well as
Nongovernmental organisations. They can undertake professional purchasing
for companies; perform duties and responsibilities of Transport Officers;
scheduling and management of fleet movement of logistics companies.
Graduates can be of immense help to most Relief agencies/organisations that
are into humanitarian logistics activities as key Logisticians/Logistics
Managers. They are equipped with the skills and competencies to manage
inventory, transportation, protective packaging issues effectively and
Academic Progression
Graduates of the programme can further their career both professionally and
(i) Professional bodies include the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and
supply (CIPS-UK) where successful graduates of HND are exempted
from Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 exams and starts to write the
professional exams in Level 5 and eventually charter after completing Level 6.
(ii) Graduates can belong to Chartered Institute of logistics and Transport
(CILTUK) after successfully sitting all the papers in the various levels. The
above professional qualifications offer the graduates the opportunity to work
with any organisation across the globe as either a Professional Procurement
manager or a Professional logistician or a Professional Transport manager.
• Graduates alternatively could choose to pursue degrees; both first and
second degrees in Logistics and Supply chain management at the
KNUST in Ghana or from any University across the world that is offering
Logistics management as a programme. They could become
Teachers/Lecturers at Tertiary institutions or go into research to fashion
out policies in their area of discipline for government. Graduates can
pursue 18 months’ top-up in Bolgatanga Polytechnic or any Polytechnic
in the country.
• Ambitious and successful graduates after obtaining the second degree
could pursue PhD in either Logistics management or Transport
management or Supply chain management and after that as can function
as a Researcher or Lecturer or Consultant.
Job Opportunities
The following are job opportunities available for HND secretaryship and
management studies graduates after completion:
Secretaries, public relation officers, senior administrative assistant, clerks,
cashiers, sitting tellers at the banks, managers, personal assistants,
coordinators, teachers specifically English, management, typing and short
hand teachers.
Academic Progression
After graduation with HND secretaryship and management studies certificates,
the graduates have the opportunity to further their courses in the following
institutions in Ghana:
a. GIMPA- one-year top-up for a degree in the relevant area.
b. University of Cape Coast-Graduates with first class or second class
honours do two or three years depends on area of study.
c. KNUST-students have opportunity to do top-up for two years.
d. University of Ghana- students have opportunity to top-up their courses
for two or three years depends on the class obtained.
e. University of Education- students have the opportunity to top-up their
courses for two or three years depends on the class obtained.
Graduates with HND Secretaryship and management studies certificates have
the opportunity to do professional courses in Secretaryship with some
Graduates with HND secretaryship and management studies certificates have
the opportunity to pursue Masters programmes abroad.
Graduates with HND secretaryship and management studies certificates have
the opportunity to progress in the following areas: BED in secretarial studies,
Degree in management studies, BED in secretaryship and management
studies, Degree in public relations management, BED English, Marketing
management, Administration/public administration, Degree in communication
studies, Degree in 1 Education, Diploma in education
1. Diploma in Computerised Accounting
2. Diploma in Business Administration
3. Diploma in Banking Technology
The duration for these programmes is two years (four semesters). There are
no external exams. All examinations are conducted internally with moderation
by NABPTEX. Graduates of these programmes can do one-year top-up
programme to bring them at par with the HND graduates, and then
subsequently enrol onto our eighteen months top-up Bachelor of Technology
programmes. These programmes cater for applicants who do not have the
requirements for straight admissions into our HND programmes.
i Five (5) GCE ‘O’ Level credit passes including Mathematics and English
Language ii RSA or Ghana Commercial Examination Stage II with passes four
(4) subjects including Mathematics and English Language iii SSS/SSSCE /
WASSCE with four (4) passes including Mathematics and English Language
iv Technical School graduates who offered business and have at least four (4)
passes including Mathematics and English Language can also apply.
Academic progression and job prospects of these programmes are the same
as those for the HND Accountancy.

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