Short courses

5 short courses that four students can take before joining the university

After months of studying for long hours and taking the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) final exam, fourth year leavers have plenty of time on their hands. What learners do with this time is mostly at the discretion of their parents.

While most of these fourth-year leavers will remain largely occupied with household chores, some take short courses while awaiting their results and then move on to higher education institutions. has compiled a list of short courses that Form Four graduates can take before joining universities, colleges or technical training institutes of their choice.

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Certified Public Accountants (CPA)

CPA is a very popular course in Kenya. The accounting course is offered in six modules by the Accountants and Secretaries National Examination Board of Kenya (KASNEB).

While waiting to join their preferred colleges, fourth-year leavers with interests in the accounting world can start with early modules before moving on to tertiary institutions.

Taking a CPA course before being admitted to campus can boost their professional portfolio. The course can be taken at different colleges including the Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) which admits hundreds of students every year.

International Certificate of Digital Literacy (ICDL)

The 21st saw the world move from the analog way of doing things to a digital way. Having basic computer skills is a requirement in most professional fields and gives the learner an edge in their career.

ICDL is an international ICT (information and communication technology) qualification which shows that one is able to use computers competently.

It is the most recognized IT qualification in the world with millions of people having completed the course.

Foreign languages

Having a second international language is an advantage in any career field. The demand for multilingual people is increasing.

Taking on an additional language, whether as a beginner or intermediate, boosts your career growth. It also gives you a competitive edge over your peers when it comes to careers in the international market.

Studying another language further exposes people to different cultures, religions, and history, which fosters an appreciation of people associated with the language.

Fourth-year leavers can explore this vast field by applying and pursuing second languages ​​such as French, German, Spanish or even Arabic at institutions like the Goethe Institute, the Alliance Française or the Jamaica Training Institute.


Driving is a great skill set to add to your portfolio and it’s a great way for fourth graders to learn to be responsible on the road. Organizations such as the Automobile Association of Kenya (AA-Kenya) are among the oldest accredited institutions for learning to drive.

Music class

Fourth-year leavers with an artistic side can improve their skills by taking music and instrument lessons.

Musical training is not only a good skill to acquire, but learning to play an instrument teaches an individual how to work consistently for a good period of time.

It’s a great way to learn perseverance. Places like the Kenya Conservatory of Music offer professional music lessons.

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