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

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

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A* to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects at AS level (with grade A* to C). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and mathematics.

3 4 a HAVO diploma 4 4

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 4 subjects (with grade A* to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 2 relevant subjects at A level (with grade D/E). A total of 6 different subjects, preferably including English and mathematics.

3 4 a HAVO diploma 4 4

General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) in 3 subjects (with grade A* to C or 9 to 4) + General Certificate of Education (GCE) with 3 relevant subjects at A level (with grade A* to C). A total of 6 different subjects, including English and mathematics.

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

Bachelor (Honours) degree

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

MA/MSC by research

7 7 a WO master's degree 7 7

Master of Philosophy

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

Please note:

  • RQF = Regulated Qualifications Framework.
  • CQFW = Credits and Qualifications Framework Wales.
  • NLQF = Dutch Qualifications Framework.
  • EQF = European Qualifications Framework.
  • The NLQF or EQF level is not so much a reflection of study load or content, but an indication of a person’s knowledge and skills after having completed a certain study programme.
  • You can find information about the Dutch diploma's on our web pages about the education system in the Netherlands.
  • The Cooperation Organisation for Vocational Education, Training and the Labour Market (SBB) evaluates statements on foreign qualifications and training at VMBO and MBO level. The evaluation may vary if SBB evaluates the diploma for admission to VET schools or for work in the Netherlands.