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What you need to apply for studies at the Open University of Kenya

The Open University of Kenya (OUK), which is the country’s first fully virtual university, is now ready to receive applications.

To study the five pioneer degree programmes which were announced on Monday by Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (Kuccps) applicants will have to meet certain requirements.

Kuccps Chief Executive Officer Agnes Mercy Wahome said the applications will be free of charge and without any deadline.

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Work experience, short courses, or recognition of prior learning will be considered in admitting learners to pursue degree programmes, according to admission requirements released by the university.

The university will offer undergraduate programmes including Bachelor of Data Science, Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, Bachelor of Technology Education, Bachelor of Business and Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Economics and Statistics.

The minimum admission requirements for undergraduate courses include evidence of a KCSE certificate or equivalent and a portfolio for recognition of prior learning.

If you are applying for Bachelor’s degree programmes the requirements include:

  • A mean grade of C+ and above at KCSE where applicable or its equivalent using criteria that the university senate may determine OR
  • Diplomas or professional qualifications from recognized institutions.
  • KCSE certificate or equivalent and a certificate of foundation or bridging courses from recognized institutions.
  • Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education with a minimum of 1 principal and subsidiary pass.
  • Evidence of KCSE certificate or equivalent and a portfolio for the purpose of recognition of prior learning determination with respect to: a) Workplace training of 2 years OR b) Work experience in a relevant field of 2 years OR c) Two short courses lasting at least 3 months each in relevant fields OR
  • Any other qualifications that may be determined by the senate recognizing prior learning leading to equivalents of the identified criteria, experience and skills of learners.

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If you are applying for the postgraduate programmes, which will include flagship Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Accountability and the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Design and Technology, you will need a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by Senate.

Students at the university will study through open and distance learning.

The curriculum content for the programmes on offer was developed this year by a team of consultants and later approved by the Commission for Higher Education.

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