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Overview of Singaporese diplomas

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

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Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ level in 6 content-based subjects, with grades from A-C

  • Comparable to: at least a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to vocational secondary education and pre-university education.

Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level in 2 H2 content-based subjects + Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ level in 4 subjects (grades from A-C) (6 different subjects in total)

  • Comparable to: a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 + 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.

Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level in 3 H2 + 1 H1 content-based subjects + General Paper/Knowledge and Inquiry (5 different subjects in total)

  • Comparable to: a VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 + 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education

Polytechnic Diploma

  • Comparable to: 1 year HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and to the 2nd year of a university bachelor in a similar field or to the 1st year of a university bachelor in a different field.

Honours Bachelor

  • 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: access to university masters and doctorate programmes.

Master

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