Secondary vocational education in Bangladesh

There are many types of study programmes in Bangladeshi secondary vocational education. The study programmes vary in terms of their admission requirements, , content and . You need information about this in order to determine the level of a diploma.

Higher Secondary Certificate (Business Management)

  • Duration: 2 years (grade XI – grade XII).
  • Content: theoretical and practical subjects for a business profession (specialisation/trade), such as programmer, finance assistant, bank employee, entrepreneur or secretary. Students take an internship (industrial training).
  • Admission requirements: a Secondary School Certificate. Other diplomas may also be enough for admission.
  • Function of the diploma: work or access to further secondary vocational education. Sometimes students get access to a bachelor’s programme when their subjects are related to the field of study of the bachelor’s programme.
  • Diploma: Higher Secondary Certificate (Business Management) from the BTEB.

We compare a Higher Secondary Certificate (Business Management) to an diploma level 3.

Higher Secondary Certificate (Vocational)

  • Duration: 2 years (grade XI- grade XII).
  • Content: theoretical and practical subjects for a practical profession (trade). Various professions are possible, such as fish farmer (fish culture and breeding) or woodworker (wood working and cabinet design).
  • Admission requirements: a Secondary School Certificate (Vocational).
  • Function of the diploma: work or access to further secondary vocational education. Sometimes students get access to a bachelor’s programme when their subjects are related to the field of study of the bachelor’s programme.
  • Diploma: Higher Secondary Certificate (Vocational) from the BTEB.

We compare a Higher Secondary Certificate (Vocational) to an MBO diploma level 3 or 4. This depends on the content of the study programme.

Please note: for information about the Higher Secondary Certificate with the business studies, humanities or science group, see Higher Secondary Certificate.

Diploma in Engineering

  • Duration: 4 years.
  • Content: students take subjects for a technical specialisation, such as civil or electrical engineering. They also gain work experience during their studies (industrial training).
  • Admission requirements: a Secondary School Certificate.
  • Function of the diploma: work. Sometimes, access to a bachelor’s programme in a related field of study is possible.
  • Diploma: Diploma in Engineering.

We compare a Diploma in Engineering to an MBO diploma level 3 or 4. This depends on the content of the study programme.

Please note: there are also Diploma programmes in other fields of study. The level of these Diplomas varies, because the duration, content and admission requirements of the study programmes may differ from one another. For more information, please contact the SBB.

Types of educational institutions

On the BTEB website, you can find a register of recognised educational institutions. Please note: this register may be incomplete.

Want to know more?

Do you have questions about secondary vocational education in Bangladesh? Contact the SBB, the expertise centre for foreign qualifications and study programmes at VMBO and MBO level.