Mining Waec Syllabus

Below is this years Waec Syllabus for Mining. Note that this syllabus is for both internal and external candidates.

Aims and Objectives

  • explain the basic concepts associated with mining
  • acquire the basic knowledge of rocks and minerals
  • recognize the special properties and values of gems and precious minerals
  • explain the methods of extraction of minerals
  • explain the processing of minerals into useful products
  • appreciate the importance of health, safety and environment in the mining industry
  • develop requisite skills for and business attitudes to mining

Scheme of Examination

There will be two papers-1& 2, both of which must be taken as a composite paper in one sitting for a duration of 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Paper 1:

The first paper (paper 1) will consist of forty multiple-choice objective questions, all of which are to be answered in 40 minutes for 40 marks.

Paper 2:

It will comprise two sections, Section A and Section B, as follows:

Section A:

This will consist of 10 short structured questions covering the entire syllabus. All the questions should be answered in 40 minutes for 40 marks.

Section B:

This will consist of five essay-type questions from which candidates are to answer any three questions for 60 marks in 1 hour and 25 minutes.


The students should be exposed to field work through excursions to mining industry sites such as coal mines, oil derricks, petroleum refineries, industries, oil spill sites, comminution sites, tailing sites etc, on which they should be examined as part of their continuous assessment in schools.

The scores for the fieldwork should account for 40 percent of the total continuous assessment scores of the students that will be forwarded to the examining body.

Detailed Mining Syllabus


  1. Meaning and branches of mining
  2. Terminology used in mining
  3. Classification and importance of minerals
  4. Distribution of minerals in Nigeria
  5. History of mining
  6. Mining activities in Nigeria
  7. Importance of minerals to man and national economy
  8. Minerals markets and cartels
  9. Mine accounting and sources of finance for mining ventures
  10. Aspects of Nigerian minerals and Mining Act, 2007
  11. Mining titles acquisition


  1. Definition of Geology and its scope
  2. Relationship between Geology and Mining
  3. Structure of the Earth
  4. Relative abundance of elements in the Earth’s crust
  5. Economic mineral potentials of Nigeria
  6. Rocks  and rock types ( igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic)
  7. Rock-forming minerals
  8. Physical and chemical properties of rock-forming minerals
  9. Rock Cycle
  10. Weathering
  11. Simplified geological map of Nigeria
  12. Mineral map of Nigeria
  13. Collection and collation of geological data
  14. Interpretation of topographical and geological maps
  15. Drawing of  simple geological cross-section


  1. Classification of mining methods ( Surface and underground mining methods)
  2. Choice of mining methods: Reasons for choosing surface or underground mining methods
  3. Surface mining methods: quarrying, open pit mining, open cast mining, alluvial mining etc
  4. Underground mining methods: room-and-pillar, longwall, cut-and-fill, shrinkage, block caving, sub-level etc
  5. Comparison of surface and underground mining methods
  6. Justification of choice of methods
  7. Prospecting stage: meaning and outlines of prospecting techniques e.g. geological technique, geophysical technique, geochemical technique, remote sensing technique
  8. Exploration stage: meaning and classification of exploration techniques (e.g. geological technique, geophysical technique, geochemical technique, remote sensing technique)
  9. Meaning of feasibility study of a mining venture
  10. Financial analysis in mining
  11. Meaning of a mine, mine development, mineral processing design, mill design, mining as actual exploitation, list of unit operations in mining e.g. drilling, blasting etc.
  12. Need for mineral processing, economic benefits of mineral processing, list of unit operations in mineral processing
  13. Meaning and processes of metal extraction e.g. smelting (pyrometallurgy), hydrometallurgy and electrometallurgy


  1. Surface mining methods:
    • open pit as an example of surface mines, features of an open pit mine, minerals mined by open pit method
    • Open cast mine as an example of a surface mine, features of an open cast mine
    • Quarrying and Dimension Stones production: Meaning, products of quarrying, uses of products, unit operations of a quarry, flow sheet of the operations of a quarry
    • Dimension stone production
    • Minerals that are mined by open cast method
  2. Underground mining methods
    • Features of an underground mine
    • Basic concepts of underground mining methods e.g. square setting, cut-and-fill, shrinkage, sub-level, long-hole, open long-hole, block-caving, open-cut
  3. Sea-floor mining
  4. Moon and asteroid mining
  5. Materials handling equipment e.g. conveyor belt, trucks, pay-loader etc


  1. Meaning of Mineral processing, comminution terms, concentration terms, mill accounting terms
  2. Properties of minerals employed in mineral processing e.g. specific gravity, magnetism etc
  3. Main operations in mineral processing i.e. comminution and concentration
  4. Products of mineral processing e.g. concentrate and tailings, middling (intermediate product), dewatering in mineral processing, auxiliary operations, tailings disposal


  1. Meaning of gemology and lapidary
  2. Machines and tools in gemstone processing e.g. faceting machine, grinding machine, polishing machine, etc
  3. Meaning and properties of gemstones
  4. Types of gemstones based on shape, colour, size, refractive index etc
  5. Characteristics and methods of identification of gemstones; quality of gemstones
  6. Unit of measurement of gemstones, prices of gemstones
  7. Marketing and prices of gemstones


  1. Health hazards in mining
  2. Safety requirements/measures in mining
  3. Impacts of mining on the environment
  4. Safety equipment and apparels used in mining - personal protective equipment (PPE)
  5. Common diseases associated with mining industry
  6. Administering simple first aid, drugs/ dressing material
  7. Guidelines for accident reporting, steps for environmental control
  8. Basic issues in National policy on mineral development
  9. Mining laws and regulations
  10. Environmental protection laws
  11. National policy on the environment


  1. Description : Qty
    • Spring balance : 2
    • Fire extinguishers : 1
    • Sand and water bucket : 1
    • Specific gravity test apparatus(pycnometer) : 2
    • Model of open pit mine : 1
    • Model of underground mine : 1
    • Samples of common rocks and minerals e.g. limestone, cassiterite : 5
    • Samples of gemstone : 5
    • Globe : 1
    • Petrological microscope : 2
    • Binocular microscope : 2
    • Magnifying glass : 10
    • Topographical maps : 5
    • Geological maps : 5
    • Chart of periodic table of elements : 1
    • Thermometers : 5
    • Electronic balance : 1
    • Beakers : 5
    • Cylinders : 5
    • Petri dishes : 5



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  4. Davou, D. D. (2012): Introduction to Geology. Published by Spectrum Publishers.
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  9. Wills B. A. & Munn, T. N. (2006): Wills Mineral Processing Technology. Published by Elsevier.
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  12. Littleton, Colorade: Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc (SME).
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  14. Chermcoff, S. & Whitney, D. (2007): Geology: An Introduction to Physical Geology. Fourth Edition. Pearson International. New Jersey.

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