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That Travel industry in 2011 generated $2 T dollars globally in direct GDP and saw 98 million people directly employed to the travel and tourism industry (World Travel and Tourism Council, Nov. 2012) underlines the necessity for education and training in this sector if Jamaica is to maintain its comparative and completive advantage in this growing industry.

To address this need and in keeping with the 2030 Vision for Jamaica the Hospitality and Tourism Department will continue to educate and train well-adjusted and motivated graduates who will provide excellent service.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management programmes provide training for broad category of fields within the service industry nationally and internationally. The growth and diversified industry enables entrepreneurial opportunities and employment in such areas as hotels, restaurants, retailing, entertainment, tour operations, tourist attractions, events planning and management amongst others.

Entry Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management (CCCJ)- 4 years
NB: Associate Degree earned upon successful completion of 1st 2 years

  • Pass at least five (5) CXC subjects including Mathematics and English Language
  • Pass at least five (5) – SSC subjects, including English Language range IV, V
  • CCCJ Associate Degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management or any relevant Associate Degree from an approved institution
  • Mature Student Entry. Applicants falling in this category must be over twenty-five (25) years, with a minimum of five years experience in a specialized area of the industry, for e.g. food and beverage. Applicants will be accepted based on an assessment of their prior learning. Each applicant must submit an academic portfolio for individual assessment.
  • Students are required to have food handlers permit to be admitted into the programme.
  • A minimum twelve (12) weeks of internship required of all students, except those employed in the Hospitality Industry. This is covered over 2 summer sessions in an approved hospitality or tourism organisation
  • Team Jamaica and First Aid Training are mandatory.

Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (UTECH)

Five (5) C.X.C. General Proficiency passes including Mathematics and English Language (Preference will be given to applicants with a Foreign Language). NB. Pass in English Language must be with grades CXC 1 or CXC grade II along with a pass in Proficiency English Test from UTECH.

The Department offers:
  • The Bachelor of Education
  • The Associate Degree in Psychology
  • The Associate Degree in Social Work
  • The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice
  • The Associate Degree in Library Technical Studies
  • CSEC Subjects
  • CAPE Subjects

Bachelor of Education: Primary and Secondary options

  • The two year upgrade officially known as the ‘completion programme’, is geared towards those teachers who are holders of a Teachers’ Certificate or a Teachers’ Diploma. This is offered over 4 semesters of classes inclusive of one summer session and an additional semester with the focus on the Practicum exercise and the Action Research components.
  • The four year programme is geared towards new recruits to the profession who are yet to embark on an official teacher training programme. Classes are offered over eight semesters (no summer session).

Primary Option: 60 credits – 2yr completion: Applicants must possess certification in Primary or Early Childhood Education. Classes run 5pm to 8pm…Monday to Friday (some Saturdays and Public Holidays may apply).

Primary Option: 138 credits– 4yr schedule: Applicants must possess 5CSEC subjects: Mathematics/ English Language/Social Studies/one Science subject and one other. Classes run Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

Secondary Option: 60 credits – 2 yr completion —– Applicants must possess certification in the specific option being pursued. Options include : Language Arts (Language and Literature)/History and Sociology/Mathematics and Computer Science/Sciences (Chemistry, Physics and Biology). Classes run 5pm to 8pm…Monday to Friday (some Saturdays and Public Holidays may apply).

Secondary Option: 138 credits – 4 yr schedule: 5 CSEC subjects, Mathematics/ English Language and three others, inclusive of courses in the option being pursued. Classes run Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.

Associate Degree

Two year programme (four semesters). Applicants must possess 5 CSEC subjects: Mathematics/English Language and three others.

CSEC Subjects Offered by the Department
  • History
  • Social Studies

CAPE subjects offered by the Department

  • History
  • Sociology
  • Law

The Science Department has a vision of making Knox Community College the premier institution for the teaching and learning of science in central Jamaica , shaping the learners to become national and global problem solvers, who are motivated to:

  • initiate
  • engage in
  • promote and advance

research to contribute to sustainable development. The department is committed to delivering programs which:

  • Enhance the general understanding of science
  • Expose students to the fundamentals of science and its significance to the development of modern societies
  • Give students the fundamental tools of investigation, so that they can independently or collectively understand and explain their environment.
  • Impart to students the significance of science to economic development, new technologies and understanding of the natural world.

The Department is responsible for coordinating all science courses offered by the College, and has its main office and laboratories located on the Spalding Campus.

The department offers various Bachelors Degree, Associate Degree, Certificate and pre-College programmes as well as a number of short courses in the Information Technology and Computing. The department also partners with the University of Technology (UTECH) to offer.

Specific Offerings

Programme: Pre-College

CSEC Biology, Physics, Chemistry Human and Social Biology:

Programme: Pre-University Science—CAPE Units 1 and 2

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Environmental Science, along with the Interdisciplinary subjects, Communication Studies and Caribbean Studies.


2 years

Entry Requirements:

CXC or O’ Level English, Passes in three science subjects (which should include subjects to be taken at the advanced level) and one (1) additional Subject.

Preliminary Science (N1)

The first of a four-year programme leading to a BSc. Degree in Pure and Applied Sciences) offered by the University of the West Indies


Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics


1 year (Possibility for transfer to N2 at UWI, Mona, at the end of the year)

Entry Requirements:

Five (5) or more GCE/CXC subjects including Mathematics, English Language, Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Welcome to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Department! The primary goal of the Department is to provide students with an education of the highest quality through its degree programs.

The department exists to make strong connections between theory and practice in the ICT industry and makes expert knowledge available to all students at Knox Community College.

The department offers various Bachelors Degree, Associate Degree, Certificate and pre-College programmes as well as a number of short courses in the Information Technology and Computing. The department also partners with the University of Technology (UTECH) to offer.

Each course is delivered by qualified lecturers in the subject area, and includes intense teaching, practicals, and group work. Class sizes are kept small to facilitate interaction and to promote effective learning.

Programmes accredited by the University council of Jamaica

  • Bachelor of Education – Secondary (Mathematics and Computer Science)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Information Systems
  • Associate Degree in Management Information Systems
  • Certificate in Modular Computer Studies (CMCS) – UTECH
  • Associate Degree in Modular Computer Studies (AMCS) – UTECH
  • Career Advancement Programme (CAP) – Web Page Design, Computer Applications.

The department of nursing, with its centre located on the spacious, scenic grounds of Knox Community College, Cobbla Campus in Manchester, is an integral part of the college family. Faculty members are committed to work together to serve the people of the Southern Region and its environs. Diversity and inclusiveness, independent inquiry and collegiality form the very fabric of everyday life for faculty and students. Our programs are accredited, interactive and financially affordable creating a viable option for students of all backgrounds and orientation. All faculty members are highly trained with a wide range of experience, providing students with the wealth of knowledge required for success. We offer a three tier nursing program.

The baccalaureate program (BSc. Nursing) is offered in association with the University of the West Indies and approved by the Nursing Council of Jamaica. It is completed over eight semesters (four years) including a summer with all instructions for the program being taught by Knox faculty members at Cobbla. We strive for excellence in education, research and clinical care. Our baccalaureate students have captured the coveted prize of National Nursing Student of the year, and by extension making Knox the Nursing School of the year in 2010, 2012 and 2013. Our graduate nurses are fast becoming icons nationally and internationally.

Entry Requirement

The Assistant Nursing program commenced in October 1995. Since this period we have successfully prepared over 300 Enrolled Assistant Nurses for employment in health care agencies worldwide. The curriculum is built upon courses from the biological sciences, liberal arts, and nursing. These courses provide the foundation for the practice of nursing. Six core values (critical thinking, safe and competent practice, caring, professionalism, communication and holistic care) provide the framework for the nursing curriculum. This Program spans over 18 months and graduates are prepared for work in health care facilities both locally and internationally. Knox Community College graduates are known to be highly skilled and display exemplary work ethics in the delivery of health care to clients. An approved program by the Nursing Council of Jamaica, it is set for expansion serving the needs of more students in Mandeville and May Pen and their environs.

Entry Requirement: Pre Nursing Programme

The Pre-nursing program will facilitate individuals with career interest in nursing who need additional qualification to matriculate for entry into Jamaica’s best, most effective nursing school. We are committed to ensure that individuals are equipped with the best attitudes, work ethics and foundation knowledge to commence and successfully complete a program of study in nursing. Ask us about the range of Pre-College options on all our campuses. Apply today!

Academic Requirements


  • Agricultural Science (Double / Single)
  • Caribbean History
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Literature or Literature in English
  • Food & Nutrition
  • French or Modern Language
  • Geography
  • Home Economics Management
  • Information Technology (General/ Technical) or computer Science or Sociology
  • Spanish or Modern Languages


  • Accounts
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry French
  • English Literature
  • Food & Nutrition
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education / Bible Knowledge
  • Spanish

Headed by Mr. Garth Nunes, the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Studies offers Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies and is currently restructuring its Diploma Programme in Agriculture to offer the Associate of Science in Agriculture.

The department is associated with the Youth Environmental Society (Y.E.S.) and 4H Clubs as areas of outreach and community involvement.

Sensitivity to an understanding of the natural environment is our focus in creating skilled, competent and aware individuals for the workforce for Jamaica and the global community. We must sustain living in favour of the environment (LIFE) to achieve these goals.

Field work is an integral part of our studies and frequent field trips are necessary, so be prepared for adventure! If you are a bright young mind wanting to be a change agent, and unafraid of a challenge, a degree in Environmental Studies is just right for you! Don’t be left out if you are a mature individual already employed or job hunting. The part-time structure offers you an equal chance of achieving your goals. Ask us! Apply today!

Applicants to the Associate and Bachelor’s Degree Programmes need five (5) passes in subjects at CSEC or GCE O’Level including English Language. Admission is permitted to students with less if they are prepared to work to meet the full entry requirement within one year. Part-time classes are from 5-8 pm Mon-Thursday with summer semesters so that the degree takes no longer than the full time programme!

Q: What can i do with a degree in Environmental Studies?

A: The broad based nature of the programme allows the creative individual to fit into many fields of endeavour, as training is offered in: Environmental health and safety , forestry, disaster management, ecology, marine environment, public relations, project design and implementation and project management, to name a few.

Q: Are the programmes accredited?

A: Yes, both the Associate and Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies are accredited by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ).

Q: Will i have to do Math?

A: Yes, basic proficiency in math is required at the Associate degree level and Environmental Statistics at the advanced level

Q: How often are field trips?

A: Variable, based on the courses for each year group.

The Communication Department has the responsibility for meeting all the institution’s English (Language and Literature), Foreign Language and Communication needs. It is headed by Miss Glenna Barnes who leads a team of hardworking, cooperative and resourceful lecturers who are involved in various aspects of college life.

In an attempt to improve the passes in the June 2014 sitting of the CSEC English A and CAPE Literatures in English and Communication Studies Examinations, the Communication Department hosts Easter workshops under the theme, the Knox Excellence in English Path (KEEP). The CSEC English A workshops are at the Spalding and Mandeville Campuses, while the CAPE workshops are also at Spalding Campus. Invitations have been extended to students of institutions within Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth to participate in these workshops. It is open to the entire community and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day between 22-24 April 2014.

The Department of Business is committed to offering internationally recognized, high quality training responsive to the needs of students, community and the profession. The programmes are designed to provide students with a firm foundation of theory coupled with hands on experience through the work experience programme-this should engender organizational effectiveness and productivity. The department in its offerings emphasizes communications skills, critical thinking, ethical practices, inter-personal skills and technical competencies in preparing graduates for entering the world of work.

Department Offerings
  • Associate of Science Degree in Business Studies
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Studies
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (UTech) Years 1 & 2 at Knox and upon successful completion transfer to UTech in year 3
Professional Qualification:
  • Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) -Matriculation requirements: Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) level 3, /Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) /3CSEC/O Levels and 2 A Levels

Matriculation requirements: 5 CSEC/GCE O Levels including Mathematics and English

This department offers the following courses:
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA-UTECH)

Matriculation Requirements: CSEC/O-Levels inclusive of English, Mathematics and three others Or 1 A Level and 3 O Level/ CSEC including Mathematics Programme Duration: 4 Years Transfer to UTECH after 2 years

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Studies:

Pre-requisite Associate Degree or equivalent (has to be assessed by CCCJ)

Associate of Science Degree in Business Studies:

Pre-requisite: 5 O-level/ CSEC including English and a numerate Subject and 3 other acceptable subjects OR 5 SSC including English, a numerate subject with IV or V OR mature entry i.e. persons over 25 with 5 years of experience in appropriate field.

Association of Accounting Technician.

Pre-requisite- Four subjects: G.C.E. /C.S.E.C. English Language, a numerate subject and any two (2) others.

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

UK based, Chartered Certified Accountant Qualification Matriculation Requirements- 5 CSEC/O-Levels including Mathematics and three others and 1 CAPE

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

UK based, Chartered Certified Accountant Qualification Matriculation Requirements- 5 CSEC/O-Levels including Mathematics and three others and 1 CAPE

Alternatives to CAPE- Mature Student Entrant Route- Student must have working experience in the field of accounting OR Foundation in Accountancy (FIA) – The ACCA FIA Foundation Level Qualifications range consists of:

  • Introductory Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting- obtaining this certificate is dependent passing two examinations
  • Intermediate Certificate in Financial and Management Accounting – obtaining this certificate is dependent passing two examinations
  • Diploma in Accounting and Business- obtaining this certificate is dependent passing three examinations

Also offered in the Department of Business:

CSEC: Principles of Business (POB),Principles of Accounts (POA)
CAPE: Management of Business (MOB),Economics,Principles of Accounts

ACCA Matriculation Requirements

An Associate Degree OR 2 passed at GCE A Level (grades A-E) OR 6 CAPE units at grades 1-4

Please note that 1 subject could contain more than one unit i.e. Unit 1 and/or Unit 2. Each component unit can be accepted as achieving 1 unit. PLUS 3 subjects in Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

(General Proficiency Grades 1-3 from 1998; Grades 1&2 prior to 1998)


3 passes at GCE O Level (grade c or above) N.B. Passes must be held in English and Mathematics at the appropriate grades above at either O Level or CXC level.

CAT Certification

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants administers the Cat certification examinations. This certification is for entry-level and mid-level finance workers. CAT status requires successfully completing a series of exams and one year of workplace experience.

One year of relevant practical experience can exempt a test-taker from some of the CAT exams. Without any exemptions, there are ten exams applicants must take and pass at least nine of them. Hey cover topics in accounting, finance, information technology, and management. Exams are offered twice a year. The first four exams can be taken in person or by computer, but the others must be taken in person.

(General Proficiency Grades 1-3 from 1998; Grades 1&2 prior to 1998)

How to become a Certified Accounting Technician

Educational Requirements

High school diploma and financial work experience

Some employers prefer certified accounting technicians to have an associate’s degree in accounting or a related field.

Training to use accounting software like QuickBooks