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Overview of Kenyan diplomas

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

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Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (less than 6 subjects with A, B or C)

  • Comparable to: a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (at least 6 subjects with A, B or C)

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

Certificates/diplomas (technical training institutes and institutes of technology)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2, 3 or 4 diploma (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university bachelors.

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: access to university masters.

Bachelor’s degree (5 years)

  • Comparable to: a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access 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: access to university masters.

Master’s degree (1-2 years)

  • 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: access to doctorate programmes.