In the table below you can find the level of diplomas from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. You cannot derive any rights from it.

Working in the Netherlands

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Diploma RQF/CQFW EQF Comparable to
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 6 subjects (D to G or 3 to 1) 1 2 a diploma
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 6 subjects (A* to C or 9 to 4) 1 2 at least a VMBO-T diploma
BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma 3 4 an diploma level 4
Access to HE Diploma 3 4 an MBO diploma level 4, a or a diploma

The following combination:

3 4 a HAVO diploma

The following combination:

3 4 a HAVO diploma

The following combination:

3 4 a VWO diploma
Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) 4 5 2 years of
Higher National Certificate (HNC) 4 5 2 years of HBO
Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) 5 5 3 years of HBO
Higher National Diploma (HND) 5 5 3 years of HBO
Bachelor (Ordinary) degree 6 6 at least 3 years of HBO or at least 2 years of

Bachelor (Honours) degree

6 6 an HBO or a WO bachelor's degree
Master's degree 7 7 an HBO or a WO master’s degree

MA/MSC by research

7 7 a WO master's degree

Master of Philosophy

7 7 a WO master's degree (research master)

Please note:

  • You can find information about the Dutch diplomas on our web pages about the education system in the Netherlands.
  • You can find more information about how we compare diplomas via Credential evaluation.
  • The SBB evaluates foreign diplomas and training at VMBO and MBO level. The evaluation may vary if the SBB evaluates the diploma for admission to VET schools or for work in the Netherlands.