Cluster Points | What Can You Study & What Career Can You Pursue?

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Cluster Points | What Can You Study & What Career Can You Pursue?

2019-01-17T13:40:02+00:00 January 17th, 2019|Career Advice|
  • There are 23 cluster groups in the Kenyan education system, each with a specific focus
  • At the start of high school, you selected your cluster points.  Although your thoughts about what career you’d like may have shifted, your cluster points can still lead to a variety of careers
  • Even though your cluster points may lead you to specific fields of study, those courses can still leave you open to pursue a wide range of careers
  • Find out quickly and easily the courses and qualifications you can study with your cluster points

Cluster Points Explained

At the start of high school, you selected your cluster points out of 23 cluster groups.  At the time, you probably made your decision based on a few factors including your academic strengths, your passions and, your parents recommendations.

However, that was a long time ago and your thoughts about your career path may have shifted and now you’re wondering what you can study and what career you can pursue.  To answer your questions, we’ve put together this easy-to-read guide on what your cluster points mean for your future.

Remember that even though you chose one cluster, your options for tertiary education and career choices are still wide open.

Cluster 1: Law Related

This might seem like one of the most restrictive clusters that predetermines what you’ll study after high school.

If you decide to study law, does that mean you can only become a lawyer?  The answer is no. Legal studies prepare you for a host of career paths in a wide array of fields, including business, media, science, education, engineering, and government.  You could even become a judge, a solicitor, a politician, a policy-maker, an academic or, you work in the public sector.

Cluster 2: Business and Related

This cluster allows you to study a broad spectrum of courses that you could help you pursue any industry you’d like.  With the requisite KCSE results you could go to a college or university and study the following degrees:

Cluster 3: Arts and Related

cluster points2An education in  Arts and Humanities equips learners with skills that are useful in many industries.  These include i education, business, and social services. Careers in teaching, journalism, writing, translation, art and social work are also possibilities, depending on the area of specialization.  

Bachelor of Arts degrees and diploma programmes can lead to careers pursued in:

  • Education
  • Mass communication
  • Religious studies
  • Criminology
  • Social work
  • Public administration
  • Development studies
  • Gender studies
  • Film and technology
  • Economics
  • Design
  • Theatre
  • International relations
  • Music
  • Counselling
  • Anthropology
  • Travel and tourism
  • Philosophy, just to name a few.

Cluster 4: Geosciences and Related

This cluster allows for numerous options including bachelor’s degrees and doctorates.  You have a host of options for tertiary study including meteorology, water resource management, geology, engineering, earth sciences, geoinformatics, and geospatial information science.

Industries that will most likely hire you are oil and gas, mining, and water management.  You can work full-time in one of those industries, or you can become a consultant if you prefer more variety.  The government also frequently requires geology and environmental graduates whenever public works programmes are underway.

Cluster 5:  Special Education, and Cluster 22: Education Science and Education Arts

If you are passionate about making a difference, then studying to become an educator is the perfect choice for you… It also opens doors to plenty of job opportunities outside the schooling system.  

For example, human resources departments in the corporate sphere need educators to develop in-house training programs, curriculum designers are needed in government and business.   You could even pursue inclusive education, catering to the needs of students with physical, emotional, or learning difficulties.

Cluster 6, 19 and 20: Kiswahili, French  and German

This language cluster allows for a wide range of study and career paths. You can venture into media studies, education, counselling, communication, the arts, or IT.  

In our globalised world where businesses expand internationally, there are numerous linguistic and intercultural challenges. Being skilled in another language and possessing a sophisticated cultural awareness makes you a desirable employee because you can help bridge these types of communication barriers.  

Do you want to get into hospitality, air travel or tourism?  Then this cluster is perfect for you! Studying a language will benefit your career in any of those sectors as multilingual candidates are often favoured in the hiring process. Knowing a second language will give you the competitive edge in many industries.

Cluster 7: Engineering, Technology and Related

This cluster allows you to choose from a diverse range of courses that can lead to careers in astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, oceanography, seismology or environmental management.  

Engineering certificates and bachelor’s degrees largely follow four major disciplines, namely Civil, Chemical, Mechanical and, Electrical Engineering.  

You might even find another bachelor’s programme that interests you, such as Agricultural Engineering, Geospatial Engineering, or Environmental and Biosystems Engineering.  

Cluster 8:  Architecture, Design, Planning, and Related

Choices for study and career paths in design are numerous.  Fields within design include the built environment, which covers urban planning, architecture, welding and metal work design, interior design and furniture technology.  Fashion design is a broad field in which students can specialise in areas such as garment and textile design. Computer-related fields have many design areas, such as web design and database design.  

Many industries require designers proficient in research design, instructional systems design, security design and project design.  Graphic design, as well as 3D and animation, are areas which are essential in numerous industries such as advertising, marketing, film, and television.  

Cluster 9: Computing, IT and Related

There are a wide variety of sectors you could work in as an Information Technology graduate because most businesses need technical support, network administration, digital media and software development.  

Your career options will be diverse, and you’ll probably specialise as you progress. You could become a technology consultant, IT coordinator, computer game designer, network architect, software engineer or systems analyst, to mention a few.

Computer science

Cluster 10:  Agribusiness and Related

Agriculture is the key to sustaining human life, which makes it a very y important industry to specialise in..  In today’s world, technology plays an integral role in agriculture, making this a dynamic and cutting-edge field.

Your choices are vast and range from certificates in seed analysis to greenhouse technology, from bio-processing to water resource management.  

Cluster 11:  Science and Related

There are a host of subjects that fall under the Science umbrella. Examples of this can be; genetics, botany, zoology, microbiology, physiology and biochemistry.  

What degrees and diplomas can you study in the Sciences?  Many options await you! No matter what level you are considering studying; from a short course or certificate to PhD programmes. Undergraduate degrees and programmes include the BTech in Biotechnology, Diploma in Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation, and the BSc in Biochemistry.  

Qualifications in the Sciences allow you to keep your options open rather than being funneled into a specific career straight away.  Over the course of your studies, you can discover the area in which you’d like to specialise.

Cluster 12:  Maths, Economics and Related

The real value of studying maths is that it is essential to so many other fields.. If you want to keep your options open, maths is ideal because it allows you to venture into careers in many areas, such as business, finance and engineering.  

Many business managers have maths and economic backgrounds because it helps build analytical decision making skills.  

Cluster 13: Design, Textiles and Related

Fields within design include the built environment, which covers urban planning, architecture, welding and metal work design, interior design and furniture technology.  Fashion design is a broad field in which students can specialise in areas such as garment and textile design.  Computer-related fields have many design areas, such as web design and database design.  

Cluster 14: Sports, Physical Education and Related

Sports and physical education studies examine how well body functions during exercise.  You’ll learn how to use physical activity to promote wellness in the physical, mental and, social sense. In your studies you’ll cover areas such as physiology, psychology, anatomy, engineering, and chemistry.

Once you graduate, your career path could take you in any number of directions.  You could become a teacher, a coach, a personal trainer, a physiologist, a sports administrator, a sports therapist, or an event manager, to name a few.

Cluster 15:  Medicine, Nursing, Health and Related

Health and medicine diplomas provide candidates with skills in areas such as critical care, preventative care, community diagnosis, community healthcare education, and life support management.  Graduates can pursue careers in community health care services and often become clinical officers.

A diploma in nursing is the basic requirement to become a nurse.  A bachelor’s degree in nursing science is also available. Nursing courses provide necessary theoretical and practical training in nursing, healthcare administration and research.  

If you want to become a doctor and help meet the growing demand for quality clinical care then you should study a bachelor of medicine. Medical courses teach you clinical practice, community health care, medical research, management of health care services, and preventative medicine.

Health courses can lead to a career as an occupational or physical therapist, or as a caregiver. .  Other career paths include biomedical science, behavioural medicine, and technology for health workers.  

Medicine and Nursing

Cluster 16:  History and Related

History graduates are sought after in a variety of industries, particularly because of their advanced analytical and communication skills. Many businesses rely on social scientists to understand the attitudes of their consumers.  

History and related studies in the social sciences are very broad so you can register for courses in fields ranging from disaster management to collaborative conflict resolution.  

You can also combine a history-related course of study with technology, focusing on journalism and mass communication.

Cluster 17: Agriculture, Food Science, Environment and Related

This cluster allows for a range of career choices ranging from from seed analysis, greenhouse technology, and bio-processing, to water resource management and horticulture.  You can also combine fields and pursue marketing for agriculture.

Cluster 18:  Geography, Natural Resource Management and Related

Geography is a multifaceted discipline that bridges the social sciences, the humanities, and the physical sciences.

With a qualification in geography you could become:

  • A cartographer
  • A commercial/residential surveyor
  • An environmental consultant
  • A town planner
  • A landscape architect
  • A market researcher
  • A nature conservationist
  • A tourism office
  • A sustainability consultant.  

Cluster 21: Music and Related

Following your passion for music does not necessarily mean that you have to become a performer.  A qualification in music could also lead to a career as a music therapist, a music teacher, a sound technician, a broadcaster, an arts administrator, an events manager, a community arts worker, a radio producer, or a theatre stage manager.

Cluster 23:  Religious Studies and Related

You’ll learn many skills while pursuing an education in religious studies,. These skills include critical evaluation, negotiating, problem solving, research and planning.  

With a qualification in religious studies, you could become a teacher, a charity officer, a counsellor, a civil servant, a clergyman, to name a few careers.