Scottish Qualifications Certificate with 4 Highers

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF* 4/EQF** 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Scottish Qualifications Certificate with 2 Advanced Highers (plus 4 Highers)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the second year of university bachelors (4 years).

Honours Bachelor degree (Scotland)

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

Master of Arts (Honours) degree (4 old universities)

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

Master of Science/Master of Arts degree

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

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

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