Last year in November, more than 600,000 candidates sat for their KCSE examinations. Later on in December, the Cabinet Secretary for Education released the KCSE examination results.
A total of 627 students managed to score an A plain in their KCSE exams. The number of students who scored an A- (A minus) in their KCSE exams was 5,796. Students who have performed exceptionally well in their KCSE exams last year will this year be clamoring for the best undergraduate courses to give them the best start in their chosen career.
Best courses to study at the university Each year, universities scramble for the few students who have scored an A plain or A minus in their KCSE so that they can enroll them in the best courses. So, what are the top courses for A students?
With an A aggregate in your KCSE, you stand a chance of being enrolled in the best degree programmes that are offered in the top universities in the country as long as you perform well in the cluster subjects. Best courses for A students Most of the candidates who score an A in their KCSE are attracted to engineering, actuarial science, and medical courses. That said, below are some of the best courses that are considered reserved for the top brains in the country.
A Bachelor of Medicine degree is one of the best courses that students with an A grade in KCSE can pursue. The course takes six years of three semesters each to complete. Students that manage to score 82 points and above in their KCSE have high chances of being selected to pursue this course in any of the universities that offer this course. The minimum entry requirements for this course for the regular students at the University of Nairobi is an A plain.
However, students with an A- grade can still pursue this course at Kenyatta University, Moi University, or Maseno University.
The requirements for this course are as follows; Principal passes in Biology and Chemistry A subsidiary pass in Mathematics or Physics B plain in English or Kiswahili
Students who have attained an A plain in their KCSE can also pursue a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in the top universities.
The four-year course aims at equipping the learners with innovative skills that are required in the design, manufacture, and maintenance of medical devices and equipment.
The requirements for the biomedical engineering course are as follows; B+ in Mathematics B+ in Physics B plain in Chemistry B plain in English
A Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering is one of the marketable courses that students with an A grade can pursue. The minimum entry requirements for admission into this course in the public universities under the regular program is an A minus in KCSE.
Students with an A plain have a high chance of being selected for the program. The minimum grades for the individual cluster subjects are as follows; C+ in Mathematics C+ in Physics C+ in Chemistry C+ in Biology or Geography
For the top students who dream of pursuing a career in the aviation industry, a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering should be on top of their list. The rare course takes five years to complete.
Most of the top students opt to pursue this course since it has an attractive pay and there are numerous job opportunities for the graduates of the program. You need to score at least a C+ grade in the following subjects; Mathematics Physics Chemistry Biology
The Bachelor of Architectural Studies is a very attractive career path for the students who have passed with flying colours in KCSE exams. Various top universities in the country offer this course including UoN, KU, and JKUAT. You need to score a minimum grade of C+ in the following subjects to be admitted into the program; C+ in Mathematics C+ in English or Kiswahili C+ in Physics, Biology or Chemistry C+ in Geography, History, or Religious Education
Electrical and electronic engineering
The electronics and engineering degree program places considerable emphasis on equipping learners with practical knowledge in engineering technology. The minimum entry requirement for this course is a B minus.
An A plain or A minus grade in KCSE increases the chances of being admitted into the program. Candidates who wish to pursue this course need to score the following minimum grades in the individual cluster subjects; C+ in Mathematics C+ in Physics C+ in Chemistry C+ in Geography or Biology
Students enrolled in this program are able to gain a sound knowledge of the principles of the legal system not only in Kenya but also internationally. The Bachelor of Law program lasts for a minimum period of four years or eight semesters. The minimum entry requirement for this course for the regular students is an A minus grade in KCSE. Candidates wishing to be enrolled in this course must score a minimum of B plain in English in the KCSE exams. Top universities offering this course include UoN, KU, Strathmore, and JKUAT.
The Bachelor of Computer Science is one of the best courses that the top students can pursue. Graduates of the program are imparted with sound practical skills to solve the day-to-day problems in the information technology sector.
You can enroll for this course at JKUAT, UoN, KU, or Egerton. The requirements for this course are as follows; B+ in Mathematics B+ in Physics C+ in English
Graduates of the Bachelor of Pharmacy course are expected to have expertise in the promotion and provision of curative and preventive health service. The course takes five years to complete.
To qualify for this course, the requirements are as follows; B- in Chemistry B- in Biology B- in Mathematics or Physics B- in English or Kiswahili Courses to do with an A- Students who scored an A- in their KCSE can still pursue the above-mentioned courses. They also stand a chance of being enrolled in the following degree courses that are offered in the top Kenyan universities.
The Bachelor of Science degree in either finance or economics means that the graduates are prepared to take up positions in the world of economics and finance. The top universities in Kenya offer this course. To be admitted to this program, you need a minimum of C plus in KCSE. The minimum score for the cluster subjects are as follows; C+ in Mathematics B plain in Economics, Accounting, Commerce, or Business Studies
A Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program is designed to help students acquire a wide range of software, technological, and technical skills that are required in the industry. You need to score at least a C plus in KCSE to be eligible for this course. C+ in English C+ in Mathematics
This is a four-year degree programme that enables learners to conceptualize and find solutions to the problems in civil engineering construction. Candidates must score a minimum of C+ in their KCSE. The minimum score for the cluster subjects is as follows; C+ in English C+ in Mathematics C+ in Geography, History or CRE C+ in Biology, Chemistry, Business Studies, Agriculture, or Art and Design
The Bachelor of Science in Clinical Medicine equips the learners with skills, knowledge, and attitude to implement and harness clinical skills, conduct research, and advance academically to provide and improve health care delivery in Kenya. You need to score at least a C+ in your KCSE to qualify for the programme. The minimum score for the cluster subjects is as follows; C+ in Biology C+ in Chemistry C+ in Mathematics or Physics C+ in English or Kiswahili
Geospatial engineering is the most recent addition to the engineering family. The basic admission requirement for this course is a C+ in KCSE. In addition, the minimum score for the cluster subjects is as follows; C+ in Mathematics C+ in Physics C+ in Chemistry C+ in Biology
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering course offers learners fundamental education in engineering sciences and engineering design. You need a minimum of B minus in your KCSE to pursue the five-year course. The minimum grades for the individual cluster subjects are as follows; C+ in Mathematics C+ in Physics C+ in Chemistry C+ in Biology or Geography
The four-year engineering course allows students to master the skills that they need to thrive in the fast-paced world of computing. If you want to join this program, you need to score a minimum of B plain in your KCSE. The minimum grades for the individual cluster subjects are as follows; C+ in Mathematics C+ in Physics C+ in English or Kiswahili
The nursing degree should be on the top of the list of courses to pursue in the university if you want to work in the medical sector. If you want to join the program as a regular student, you need to score a minimum of B+ in KCSE examinations. The requirements for this course are as follows; C+ in Biology C+ in Chemistry C+ in Physics or Mathematics C+ in English or Kiswahili
If you passed with flying colours in your KCSE exams last year, congratulations. But before you make your career choice, you can scroll through the above list of the best courses for A or A- students in 2020.
Given that you are the top cream, chances are that you will be selected to pursue the prestigious course of your choice.