General Objectives to the course

By the end of the course the course the trainee should be able to:-

  • Understand the various intervention measures in solving problem in a society
  • Use local resources to empower the society in order to become self-reliant.
  • Define the role of communication in social work
  • Articulate various methods and approaches used in social and community development activities
  • Explain the importance of involving other professionals in the development and solving social problems in a society.
  • Promote ethical, legal practices and gender issues in appraising and solving social and development problem.
  • Explain the importance of self-entrepreneurial skills in the national development
  • Prevent the spread of HIV/AIDs and use knowledge, skills and attitude to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and other pandemics.


With the new trends in leadership and management emerging in the society today coupled with the passing of the new constitution, there is a great need to train the people at the grass root and the Kenyan population at large on how the devolved government can be properly managed and the society gets maximum benefits.

Diploma in community Development and Social Work is intended to equip the trainee with knowledge, skills and attitude that will enable him or her to perform and manage development activities in society.

Course Duration

This is a modular course which is designed to take 2970 hours, 231hours is to be spent in the institution (class work) while 660 hours are for industrial attachment.  The attachment is designed such that it is carried out in two parts i.e. part one after module and lasts for a period of 3 months and part 2 after module 2 and lasts for a period of 3 months.  During this period the learner will be provided with a log book which guides the student on daily activities expected to be carried out while on attachment.

Course Outline


For both Community Development and Social Work, The module one and two courses are shared and course specialization is only done at module 3 level.  Students sit for KNEC exams at the end of each module.  The units to be covered include: –


  1. Social work theory and practice           
  2. Introduction to community development
  3. Development economics
  4. Community based organizations        
  5. Communication skills
  6. Entrepreneurship education
  7. Community capacity building and empowerment
  8. Information communication technology


  1. Resource mobilization and fundraising
  2. Project management
  3. Advocacy & Lobbying
  4. HIV Aids & Other pandemics
  5. Statistics
  6. Legal aspect in social development work
  7. Resource management


Part A (Elective for social work)

  1. Social psychology and human development
  2. Introduction to counselling psychology
  3. Social rehabilitation and reintegration
  4. Disaster management
  5. Social policy and administration
  6. Social research project


Part B (elective for community development) 

  1. Transformation and social marketing
  2. Community development methodologies
  3. Management of community concerns
  4. Community leadership
  5. Gender and development


The course is examined both internally and externally by KNEC.  

After the end of each and every module students sit for KNEC exams and are expected to pass before proceeding to the next module.



  • The trainee should have the following qualifications:-
  • Passed relevant craft course
  • Passed KCSE average grade of C-


Students proceed for attachment after module I and Module II while waiting for the KNEC examinations results.

During attachment the learner is exposed to hands on experience of what they have covered in the classroom.  The institute, together with parents/guardians normally identify relevant organizations or institutions where our students are attached, the institute together with the organizations (where trainees are attached) normally supervise the trainees during this period.  The supervisor ensures that the log book is signed daily according to the daily tasks which in turn will be counterchecked by the Industrial Liaison Officer from the Institute.


The trainees normally carry out two projects 

  • Trade project which is related to the course (trade) and is assessed by the Institute and KNEC
  • Entrepreneurship project which is also submitted to KNEC after being verified by the institute.


Supervision of the project should be done by internal supervisor and assessment both by internal & external examiner


KNEC issues result slips to students after sitting for exams for each module after which the student will be awarded with a Diploma in Social Work (if they took Part A) or Diploma in Community Health Development (if they took part B)

Mode of teaching

  1. Full-time
  2. Part time
  3. Sandwich
  4. Semester

Where Our Graduates are Employed


After successful completion of this course our graduates get employment in the following: –


  • Non Governmental Organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Children homes
  • Homes for the elderly
  • Government offices like PC’s, DC’s – social work dept
  • Church organizations

Future Prospects

After the learner has successfully completed the 3 modules and passed well; students may enroll for a degree in Sociology or Community Development in our universities.  This is because the Diplomas issued by KNEC are recognized by both the private and public universities.