IT courses in Kenya requirements

If you are wondering what are the IT courses in Kenya requirements, read this to the end ….

If you have plans of enrolling in a university or college to enroll for an IT also known as ICT in some colleges in Kenya, then you should not change your mind.

What I mean by this is that, IT/ICT are good courses…yeah…. and most of these courses are marketable courses that you don’t need to tarmac for years looking for a job.

In fact, if you’re creative and strategic enough, you can secure yourself a job even when you don’t possess more than a diploma in the field.

Why so?

This is because in Kenya, most jobs are becoming automated day in and day out making IT jobs quite marketable.

Additionally, almost every job in Kenya now needs digital skills so it will not be a waste of time to pursue an ICT/IT course in Kenya.

But, bear in mind that not all IT course levels are marketable……for the most part, you need to have at least a Diploma to stand a good chance of getting a rewarding job.

Having mentioned the basics, let us now go ahead and look at the requirements for IT(ICT) courses offered in Kenya at various levels including, artisan, craft, certificate, diploma, degree, and even masters.

IT courses in Kenya requirements (what you need to take an IT course in Kenya)

Just as we have said above, IT courses in Kenya are offered at different levels, and the requirements vary depending on the level of study as you will see below.

Artisan IT/ICT Courses

An artisan course in IT is a short-term training program that equips individuals with the basic skills needed to work in the IT industry.

You can look at it as a bridging qualification for a higher level IT qualification.

Minimum entry requirements

KCSE mean grade of E (plain) or its equivalent.

Where to take Artisan IT courses

Most public TVET colleges offer this course (Check this out: List of recognized colleges in Kenya)

Craft Certificate Courses

A craft certificate in IT is a program that provides learners with slightly more in-depth knowledge and skills in IT than the artisan level –  a Certificate in IT course is designed to equip you with more practical skills in various IT fields.

Minimum entry requirements

To qualify for a craft certificate course, one must have an aggregate grade of D (PLAIN) in KCSE OR an equivalent qualification that must be recognized by the College Senate.

Where to take Artisan IT courses

Again most TVET colleges offer this course (Check this out: List of recognized colleges in Kenya)

Diploma Courses (Diploma in ICT)

Diploma courses in IT are more extensive than certificate courses and take longer to complete.

These courses will provide you with almost all practical knowledge and skills in IT and it will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the industry including programming, system administration, network engineering, and more.

Minimum entry requirements

KCSE mean grade of C- (minus) or its equivalent.

 

Degree Courses

Degree courses in IT are four-year programs offered by different universities and a few other tertiary institutions.

When you study this course, you are provided with a comprehensive understanding of various IT fields that will prepare you for careers in areas such as software engineering, database management, and the lucrative cybersecurity specialization.

Minimum entry requirements for degree courses

KCSE mean grade of C+ (plus) or its equivalent.

 

Master’s Degree Courses

Master’s degree courses in IT are advanced programs that are designed to equip you with more advanced knowledge and skills in various IT fields .

More importantly, taking a Masters in IT prepares you for leadership roles in the industry.

Minimum entry requirements:

You to must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Some of IT courses offered at different levels in Kenya

Having known the requirements for different IT courses offered in Kenya, below now are some of the course units taken at each level when studying.

Artisan level courses

  • KNEC Artisan Certificate in IT

 

Craft Certificate Level IT courses

  • KNEC Craft Certificate in IT

 

Some of ICT/IT diploma courses in Kenya

  • Diploma in Computer Hardware and Maintenance (Computer engineering)
  • Diploma in Information systems management (management information systems)
  • Diploma in Software Engineering
  • Diploma in Data Communications and Networking
  • Diploma in Web and Mobile Development
  • Diploma in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Diploma in Database Systems Administration
  • Diploma in Digital Marketing and Analytics
  • Diploma in Project Management in IT
  • Diploma in Computer Science

 

Degree Level IT courses

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Analytics
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Web and Mobile Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Digital Marketing and Analytics

Masters IT courses

  • Master of Science in Information Technology (MSc IT)
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • Master of Science in Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Cyber Security
  • Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics
  • Master of Science in Information Technology Management
  • Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence
  • Master of Science in Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Telecommunication and Information Engineering
  • Master of Science in Computer Networks and Security

 

Some of the popular institutions where you can study IT courses in Kenya

There are countless institutions offering IT/ICT courses in Kenya at different levels so you’re spoilt for choice (Remember you can start from the artisan level and keep upgrading until you earn a master in a specialized IT field).

To point you in the right direction, here are some of the institutions you can enroll in for an IT course.

IT courses in Kenya requirements – Recap

In summary, the minimum entry requirements to pursue an IT course in Kenya vary based on the level of study and where you’ll be studying.

But, in most cases, the requirements are an E grade for Artisan in IT, a D plain for a craft certificate, a C- for a Diploma in It, and a C+ mean grade for a BSC in ICT course.

You, of course, must have a Bachelors Degree (plus some experience, in some cases) if you’re planning to take  a master’s degree in IT course.

That said, it is wise to visit the institution you would like to enroll in and enquire about the exact requirement for the specific level you would like to pursue.

 

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