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Overview of Zimbabwean diplomas

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

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Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level (at least 5 examination subjects with final result A-C)

  • Comparable to: a VMBO-T diploma (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general lower secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to advanced secondary school level.

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level (at least 5 examination subjects with final result A-C) + the Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level with at least 2 subjects

  • Comparable to: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general upper secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education programmes.

Bachelor (General)

  • Comparable to: 3 years of HBO or 1 year of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the last year of bachelor (honours) programmes.

Bachelor (Honours) (3 years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programmes.

Bachelor (Honours) (4 years)

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programmes.

Master

  • Comparable to: an HBO or a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1½-2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to PhD programmes.

Master of Philosophy

  • Comparable to: a WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: at least 2 years.
  • Type of education: research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to PhD programmes.