Education and diplomas Cameroon

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Common diplomas of Cameroon

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GCE, O-level (at least 6 subjects with a final result of Grade A, B or C)

  • Dutch comparison: at least VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education.

GCE, O-level (at least 4 subjects with a final result of Grade A, B or C) + GCE, A-level (at least 2 subjects)

  • Dutch comparison: at least HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Brevet d’Études du premier Cycle du Second Degré

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma or a few years of general education (NLQF 2/EQF 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: lower general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper general secondary education.

Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement Secondaire

  • Dutch comparison: at least HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

General Certificate of Education (Technical/Commercial) Ordinary Level

  • Dutch comparison: at least VMBO-T diploma for the general education component (NLQF 3/EQF 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: lower secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper secondary vocational education.

General Certificate of Education (Technical/Commercial) Advanced Level

  • Dutch comparison: at least HAVO for the general education component (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle (CAP)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 1 or 2 diploma (NLQF 1 or 2/EQF 1 or 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: lower secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to upper secondary vocational education.

Probatoire

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2 or 3 diploma (NLQF 2 or 3/EQF 2 or 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: doesn’t grant admission to higher education.

Brevet de Technicien/Brevet Professionnel/Baccalauréat Technique

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 3 or 4 diploma (NLQF 3 or 4/EQF 3 or 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education, upon successful completion of entrance examinations.

Diplôme de Technicien

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 3 or 4 diploma (NLQF 3 or 4/EQF 3 or 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: secondary vocational education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher professional education.

Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Génerales (DEUG)/Associate Degree

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the first cycle in higher education (Bachelor or Licence).

Diplôme de Technicien Supérieur de la Santé (DTS)/Diplôme en Soins Infirmiers (2 years)

  • Dutch comparison: 1 year HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Diplôme de Technicien Supérieur de la Santé (DTS)/Diplôme en Soins Infirmiers (3 years)

  • Dutch comparison: at most 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.

Brevet de Technicien Supérieur (BTS)/Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie (DUT)/Higher National Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: 1 or at most 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the third year of further study of the first cycle in higher education (Bachelor or Licence).

Diplôme d’Ingénieur des Travaux

  • Dutch comparison: at most 3 years HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the first cycle in higher education (Bachelor or Licence).

Diplôme d’Ingénieur de Conception

  • Dutch comparison: 3 years HBO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the first cycle in higher education (Bachelor or Licence).

Licence/Bachelor of Arts/of Science (after 2007)

  • Dutch comparison: approximately HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study of the second cycle in higher education (Master or Postgraduate Diploma).

Diplôme d’Ingénieur Agronome

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree or HBO master’s degree (NLQF 6 or 7/EQF 6 or 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Postgraduate Diploma/Maîtrise professionnelle

  • Dutch comparison: at least HBO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.

Maîtrise/Master

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

Master (without thesis)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree or HBO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.

Master (with thesis)

  • Dutch comparison: 4 years WO (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Diplôme de Docteur en Médecine

  • Dutch comparison: 4 years WO in medicine (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: research based.

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

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