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Common diploma of Sri Lanka

View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from Sri Lanka, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) in 6 subjects with marks ranging from A-C

  • Dutch comparison: at least a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of studies: 6 years.
  • Type of education: basic and lower secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to 1st stage of upper secondary education.

General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) in 6 subjects with marks ranging from A-C + the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) with an Ordinary Pass (S) in at least 3 subjects and a score of at least 30% for the Common General Test

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: 2nd stage of upper secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Honours Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented higher education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master programmes.

* NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework
** EQF = European Qualifications Framework

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