High school subjects in Kenya [Full list and groups]

Below are high school subjects in Kenya and how they are grouped including technical subjects in secondary schools (this will help you during high school subject selection and when making career choices later)

High school subjects in Kenya: Subject Offered in High School in Kenya

Subject offered in secondary school are categorized into FIVE Groups from which a candidate should choose a minimum of seven and a maximum of nine.

Don’t forget that a Minimum mean Grade of C+ is required for admission to Degree programmes while a C- is the least you can get for Diploma programmes.

Meanwhile, if you get a D+ or a D plain, you can take a craft certificate course in any TVET college in Kenya.

Finally, if you get grade E, you can only start with an Artisan certificate course in local TVETs.

High school subjects in Kenya: How the subjects are grouped for the purposes of course selection/choices

Subjects in high school Kenya: COMPULSORY SUBJECTS in Kenyan secondary schools [Group 1]

CODE                    ABBREVIATION                SUBJECT

101                                          ENG                            ENGLISH

102                                          KIS                             KISWAHILI

121                                          MAT                           MATHEMATICS A

122                                          MAT B                        MATHEMATICS B

 

SCIENCE SUBJECTS [Group 2] -to choose at least 2

232                                          PHY                            PHYSICS

233                                          CHE                            CHEMISTRY

236                                          BIO                             BIOLOGY

237                                          GSC                            GENERAL SCIENCE

Subjects in Kenyan high schools: HUMANITY SUBJECTS [Group 3]-to choose ONE

311                                          HAG                           HISTORY&GOVERNMENT

312                                          GEG                            GEOGRAPHY

313                                          CRE                            CHRISTIAN RELIGION

314                                          IRE                             ISLAMIC RELIGION

315                                          HRE                            HINDU RELIGION

 

Technical subjects in secondary schools in Kenya [Group 4] -to choose ONE when it comes to KCSE technical subjects

441                                          HSC                            HOME SCIENCE

442                                          ARD                           ART&DESIGN

443                                          AGR                           AGRICULTURE

444                                          WW                             METALWORK

445                                          WW                             WOOD WORK

446                                          BC                               BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

447                                          PM                              POWER MECHANIC

448                                          ECT                             ELECTRICITY

449                                          D&D                           DRAWING&DESIGN

450                                          AVT                            AVIATION TECHNOLOGY

451                                          CMP                            COMPUTER STUDIES

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Subjects taught in Kenyan secondary schools: HUMANITIES/ARTS SUBJECTS [Group 5]- to choose 1

CODE                                    ABREVIATION                   SUBJECT

501                                          FRE                             FRENCH

502                                          GER                            GERMAN

503                                          ARB                            ARABIC

504                                          KSL                            KENYA SIGN LANGUAGE

511                                          MUS                           MUSIC

565                                          BST                             BUSINESS STUDIES

OPTION ONE- Refer to this for career subject choices in Kenya that needs a certain grade in Option 1 subjects

  1. MATHEMATICS
  2. ENGLISH
  3. KISWAHILI
  4. PHYSICS
  5. CHEMISTRY
  6. BIOLOGY
  7. Best in Group 3
  8. Best in Group 4/5(One subject)

OPTION TWO- Refer to this for courses that needs a certain grade in Option 2 subjects

  1. MATHEMATICS
  2. ENGLISH
  3. KISWAHILI
  4. PHYSICS
  5. CHEMISTRY
  6. BIOLOGY
  7. Best in Group 3(Two subjects)
  8. Best in Group 4/5(One subject)

OPTION THREE- Refer to this for courses that needs a certain grade in Option 3 subjects

  1. MATHEMATICS
  2. ENGLISH
  3. KISWAHILI
  4. CHEMISTRY
  5. BIOLOGY
  6. Best in Group 3(Two subjects)
  7. Best in Group 4/5(One subject)

 

PS: Please note that you should ask your teacher about how to choose subjects in high school in Kenya before you apply this information to select your KCSE subjects.

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CPA John Gitahi is a trainer at Kenya Online College, Kenya Institute of Information Technology and NITA and has been involved in education all his life. He is very passionate about helping young people make great career choices. He studied Commerce and ICT at the University. He is also an avid traveller.

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