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Overview of Ghanaian diplomas

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

Working in the Netherlands

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Studying in the Netherlands

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Senior Secondary School Certificate (at least 6 subjects with a score of A to C)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

West African Senior School Certificate (at least 6 subjects with a score of
A1 to C6)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Higher National Diploma (HND)

  • Comparable to: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the 3rd year of university bachelors, provided that the HND was obtained in a relevant specialisation.

Bachelor’s degree (4 years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters.

Bachelor’s degree (6 years)

  • Comparable to: 4 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to university Masters.

Master’s degree (1 year)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 6/7/EQF 6/7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Master’s degree (2 years)

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