KNEC bridging courses : All you need to know

If you’re looking for guidelines about knec bridging courses, then you have come to the right place.

First, what are KNEC bridging courses?

Bridging courses meaning

KNEC bridging courses are nothing else but short courses in which you re-sit subject/subjects you had failed at the KCSE, hoping to improve your grade.

The purpose of KNEC bridging courses is to help you meet the minimum entry requirements for your dream course.

For example, to take a nursing course in Kenya,  you need at least a C- (Certificate) in some subjects.

Subsequently, you will want to take a bridging course in Kenya to boost your grade, if you had a D+, for instance.

Entry requirements for KNEC bridging courses

Unlike normal bridging course, there’s no minimum grade for KNEC bridging courses- indeed, you can even ‘bridge’ a subject which you had previously score an E grade.

However, you can only bridge KNEC subjects within 2 years after writing your KCSE examination.

For instance, you can’t book a KNEC bridging course unit if you sat for your KCSE in 2016 since its now more than 2 years since.

Also note that you must adhere to the set exam entry deadlines to be eligible- your college will advise you on this (you can also check with your nearest sub-county education office).


How long do KNEC bridging courses take?

It takes just 6 months on average to bridge a KNEC subject though some units have more flexibility.

You can attend college fulltime, part-time (evening and mornings), or weekends.


Are KNEC bridging courses recognized?

Yes, most colleges and universities will allow you to join your chosen course in Kenya if you score the required grade during your KNEC bridging exams.

But it’s always advisable to enquire from your identified university or technical institute before enrolling for a bridging course.

That’s because KNEC bridging courses are relatively new and some institutions would rather rely on your old grade than embrace your bridging results.

Intakes for bridging courses in Kenya

Colleges have their KNEC bridging courses intakes at the beginning of the year – in the months of January and February.

Exam booking is also during these months so it’s important to start your college search shortly after deciding to bridge.


Institutions offering KNEC bridging courses in Kenya

You can enroll for KNEC –examined bridging courses in these institutions:


Bridge College – Nairobi


Location: Princely House, Moi Avenue, 3rd Floor

Postal address: P.O.Box 33214, Nairobi- 00600

Cellphone: 0722 825 825 /0728 825 000


Plato Tuition Center

Plato offers KCSE private tuition in Nairobi and can also help you pass your bridging papers.


Location: Kileleshwa and Westlands

Cellphone: 0722 935 220


Does KMTC offer bridging courses?

No, KMTC doesn’t offer KNEC bridging courses through there was a time the college was offering internally-examined bridging courses in Chemistry, Math, Biology, and Physics.

These KMTC bridging courses aimed at helping applicants who didn’t achieve the minimum entry grades qualify for their favorite courses at KMTC.

The college stopped the bridging courses immediately the government started tightening the controls around admissions into KMTC and other higher education programs in Kenya.

Final word

A KNEC bridging course can help you stand a better chance of gaining direct entry into your dream course.

Note that the course takes six months and you are only eligible to bridge within 2 years of writing your KCSE exams.

You can visit Bridge College in Nairobi for further guidance.



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