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Overview of Australian diplomas

In the overview below you can find the level of Australian diplomas. You cannot derive any rights from it.

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Higher School Certificate

  • Comparable to: a HAVO or VWO diploma (NLQF 4/4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if a good TES (Tertiary Entrance Score) is obtained.

Queensland Certificate of Education

  • Comparable to: a HAVO or VWO diploma (NLQF 4/4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if a good TES (Tertiary Entrance Score) is obtained.

South Australian Certificate of Education

  • Comparable to: a HAVO or VWO diploma (NLQF 4/4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if a good TES (Tertiary Entrance Score) is obtained.

Qualifications Certificate or Tasmanian Certificate of Education

  • Comparable to: a HAVO or VWO diploma (NLQF 4/4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if a good TES (Tertiary Entrance Score) is obtained.

Victorian Certificate of Education

  • Comparable to: a HAVO or VWO diploma (NLQF 4/4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if a good TES (Tertiary Entrance Score) is obtained.

Western Australian Certificate of Education

  • Comparable to: a HAVO or VWO diploma (NLQF 4/4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if a good TES (Tertiary Entrance Score) is obtained.

ACT Year 12 Certificate

  • Comparable to: a HAVO or VWO diploma (NLQF 4/4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if a good TES (Tertiary Entrance Score) is obtained.

Northern Territory Certificate of Education

  • Comparable to: a HAVO or VWO diploma (NLQF 4/4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 or 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, if a good TES (Tertiary Entrance Score) is obtained.

Diploma (Higher Professional Education)

  • Dutch comparison: 1 to 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 1st cycle in higher professional education (Advanced Diploma).

Advanced Diploma (Higher Professional Education)

  • Comparable to: 1 to 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university bachelor, sometimes with exemptions.

Bachelor (ordinary)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the 2nd cycle in higher education (Honours year, Master or Graduate Diploma).

Bachelor (honours)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree in most cases, sometimes an HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the university Master or to doctorate programmes, if a First or Second Class Honours degree is obtained.

Graduate Diploma

  • Comparable to: a post HBO diploma (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the university Master.

Master

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.