Pick the right one for you.

What courses are offered at Senior High Schools in Ghana?

  • General Science
  • General Arts
  • Business
  • Home Economics
  • Visual Arts
  • Agriculture
  • Technical Studies

Technical and Vocational High Schools may have differing curriculums.
We will provide more information about these schools on our website later. For now, we focus on generalistic Senior High Schools.

How are these courses similar and different?

What all courses have in common: All courses in Ghana Senior High Schools include the four core subjects, English Language, Integrated Science, Mathematics, and Social Sciences.

But: Depending on your selected course, you will have different electives.

Without taking certain electives in senior high school, it is very hard to achieve a sufficient WASSCE score in those electives, which may be required for university admission to certain subjects.

For this reason, it is of utmost importance to pick a course that fits your career aspirations.

General Science

The electives in a General Science program typically include

  • Chemistry,
  • Physics,
  • Elective Mathematics,
  • Elective ICT,
  • Biology, and
  • Geography

None of these subjects are simple, but mastering them can enable students to pursue lucrative and fulfilling careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields such as medical science or computer engineering.                                  

General Arts

The electives in a General Arts program typically include

  • English Literature,
  • Economics,
  • Geography,
  • History,
  • Elective Mathematics,
  • Elective ICT,
  • Government,
  • Religious Studies, and/or a
  • Language such as French.

General Arts applicants are well-rounded in non-scientific areas.


The electives in a Business program typically include

  • Financial Accounting,
  • Cost Accounting,
  • Management,
  • Elective Mathematics,
  • Economics, and
  • Elective ICT.

It is good preparation for those looking to study business at university.

Home Economics

The electives in a Home Economics program typically include

  • Food & Nutrition,
  • Arts,
  • Textiles,
  • Economics,
  • Biology,
  • Management in Living, and/or a
  • Language such as French.      

Home Economics has plenty of practical career applications, but tends to offer fewer university course choices than other paths.

Visual Arts

The electives in a Visual Arts program typically include

  • Elective Mathematics,
  • Elective ICT,
  • English Literature,
  • Graphic Design,
  • Textiles,
  • Basketry,
  • Leatherwork,
  • Sculpture,
  • Ceramics,
  • Economics, and/or a
  • Language such as French.

It has plenty of practical applications and can lead to a fulfilling career in the art world for those with creative genes.


The electives in an Agriculture program typically include

  • General Agriculture,
  • Animal Husbandry (a fancy term for breeding),
  • Chemistry, and
  • Elective Mathematics.

As the world’s food supplies diminish due to climate change, a career in agriculture can become important, impactful, and profitable when approached with professionalism and entrepreneurial spirit.

Technical Studies

The electives in a Technical Studies program typically include

  • Building Construction,
  • Physics,
  • Engineering,
  • Woodwork,
  • Chemistry, and
  • Elective Mathematics

With a technical skillset, plenty of doors in engineering, practical applications, and science can open.

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