At this level, you will improve or learn basic literacy skills, numeracy, as well as, subjects that will equip you to function more effectively in a modern world. The subjects at this level are: English Language, Mathematics, Life Skills and Information Technology. When you have completed this programme you will be better qualified to get many entry level jobs and you will also be ready to move to the Intermediate Level.

Entry Requirements

Entering the HSDE programme is easy. You only need to go to the centre nearest you with 2 passport photos, your birth certificate and a proof of identity (drivers licence, voter's ID etc.). You can also bring a copy of your most recent school report, if you have it.


Registration is also easy. You will need to fill out an application form at the centre, or you can download and complete the one provided here.


After registration new learners will undergo a student assessment programme. This will determine which HSDE level is best for them. Learners must understand that they may be placed at a level lower than they achieved in school. This is because even though they finished the grade, they may not have mastered the material and just need to revise it to advance

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