End of Form 1: Students must choose ONE subject from the following: FFFFrench; HHHHistory; CCCComputer Studies. Students drop two of these.
Form 2: Students start with 9 subjects and proceed with these into Form 3; Religion is dropped at the end of Form 3, leaving students with 8 subjects.
All subjects mentioned so far give access to almost ANY COURSE offered in Kenyan Universities.
Form 4: At the beginning of the year, a student can decide whether to proceed with 7 or 8 subjects. Some subjects remain compulsory; others are not.
Compulsory subjects: Subjects that cannot be dropped are: Mathematics; English; Kiswahili; Geography: Those also taking History can drop Geography. Those also taking History can drop Geography.
Non-compulsory subjects: A student can drop ONE of the following subjects: CCCChemistry; PPPPhysics; BBBBiology; FFFFrench OR History OR Computers.
Warning: A student must strive to perform extremely well in all the subjects eventually taken. This performance tends to guarantee acceptance into the university career course of choice. Warning: A student must strive to perform extremely well in all the subjects eventually taken. This performance tends to guarantee acceptance into the university career course of choice.
Career considerations: Before dropping a subject, a student needs to consider the career he wants to go into. This career will be determined by the course he studies at university.
AAAAs much as possible, the career chosen should suit the following: The student’s talents; The student’s likings.
Is your son oriented towards the SCIENCESor HUMANITIES?
For a Science orientation: SSSStudents are strong in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, etc. TTTThey have the ability to do a course in Engineering, Architecture, etc.
Characteristics of a Science student: Science students are: LLLLogical in analysis; GGGGood with numbers.
For a Humanities orientation: Students are strong in the Languages, or in Geography, or History; They have the ability to do a course in Law, Commerce, Economics, Education, etc.
Characteristics of a Humanities student: Likes theoretical arguments; Writes logically and well; Likes relating to people; Seeks the reasons behind people’s actions, etc.
On subject combinations: It is necessary to be aware of certain implications BEFORE dropping any subject. What effect does dropping a non-compulsory subject have on university course choices?
Chemistry: Allows a student to do ANY science-related course.
Who should take 7 subjects? Criteria used: 1. A student is very weak in 2 or more subjects. A student can drop one of the subjects without significant loss.
2. A student is very weak in a compulsory subject. Sacrificing one subject will translate to more time available for the remainder. Sacrificing one subject will translate to more time available for the remainder.
Who should take 8 subjects? TTTThose who have been doing well consistently in all subjects; TTTThose already doing very well in the compulsory subjects; TTTThose who are undecided on their career choice;
Those who relish hard work; Those who perceive that retaining all subjects would boost their performance.
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Procedure for dropping a subject: Student should do the following: 1. D iscuss with Parent; Tutor; Subject teacher.
2. Fill up a school form to propose the subject to be dropped; 3. Have the form signed by parent; 4. Return the form to school.
Contents of school form: SSSSubject to be dropped; RRRReasons for dropping the subject; FFFForm 3 performance in the subject to be dropped; PPPParental consent.
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Public Universities in Kenya Degree programmes offered: RRRRegular degree programmes; PPPParallel degree programmes.
Regular degree programmes: Less expensive; Less expensive; More competitive; More competitive; Some long holiday breaks; Some long holiday breaks; Could take longer to finish. Could take longer to finish.
PPPParallel degree programmes: More expensive but cheaper than going abroad (South Africa and India not cheaper); One saves time; Lower cut-offs.
Private Universities in Kenya: UUUUSIU; KKKKabarak; SSSSt. Paul’s University; MMMMt. Kenya University; IIIInoorero; KKKKenya Methodist.
Strathmore University Currently offers the following undergraduate degree courses: Bachelor of Business Information Technology (BBIT); Bachelor of Commerce; Bachelor of Leadership and Management;
Bachelor of Hospitality Management; Bachelor of Tourism Management; Bachelor of Science in Informatics;
Bachelor of Business Science in Finance; Bachelor of Business Science in Financial Economics. Bachelor of Business Science in Actuarial Science;
United States International University (USIU) USIU has 2 charters. Their degrees are both Kenyan and American. It however offers a US-type education.
US Universities These require results in the following: Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT); Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
FFFFor a “Top 100” University, one should score above 1800 (out of a maximum of 2400) in the SATs. AAAA higher score becomes mandatory if hoping for a Scholarship.
Ivy League Universities These are: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, etc; Require SAT scores above 2200, impeccable extra- curricular record, etc.; Offer limited ‘International Students’ places.
SATs: Form 3 or Form 4? FFFFor Form 3 candidates: Can realistically apply for admission in September of the year after Form 4. FFFFor Form 4 candidates: It is very difficult to begin University the next year.
Foreign university requirements 1. A good study record; 2. E vidence of the following: Being an all rounder; Sports engagements; Reading widely; Community service, etc.
England, Australia or South Africa A student needs A-levels OR a year of Foundation Studies.
In South Africa: OOOOne-year Foundation course called Matriculation (Matric) needed; Matric is exclusive to South Africa; A-levels and the International Baccalaureate (IB) are acceptable in some cases.
SSSStudents can apply to a Matric school using KCSE Mock results; EEEExamples of schools in Cape Town are: Rosebank College; Abbotts College; (Some of our past students have studied in these 2).