Education and diplomas of Hong Kong

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Common diplomas of Hong Kong

View the Dutch comparison of the most common diplomas from Hong Kong, the duration of schooling, the type of education and the purpose of these diplomas.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) in 5 subjects with grades 2-5**, including English and Chinese

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF* 4/EQF** 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with a mark of 3-5** for the subjects English and Chinese and grades 2-5** for the subjects mathematics, Liberal Studies and 2 electives (6 different subjects in total)

  • Dutch comparison: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 6 subjects with grades 3-5* of A-E

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 7 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 6 subjects with grades 3-5* of A-C + Hong Kong Advanced Supplementary Level Examinations (HKASLE) with grades A-E

  • Dutch comparison: at least a HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 7 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) in 6 subjects with grades 3-5* of A-C + Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) with grades A-E

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 7 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education.

Diploma of Vocational Education/Diploma of Foundation Studies

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma, qualification level 3 (NLQF 3/EQF 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market and Higher Degree programmes.

Diploma Yi Jin/Yi Jin Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma for the general education part (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).
  • Type of education: general and vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market, and Associate Degree and Higher Diploma programmes (or similar programmes).

Associate Degree/Higher Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years of HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market and bachelor's programmes in the same field of study (possibly with additional admission requirements).

Bachelor (4 years), obtained after 2012

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market and master’s programmes.

Bachelor (3 years), obtained before 2012

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the labour market and master’s programmes.

Master

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1-2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the PhD programme.

Master of Philosophy

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented.
  • Purpose of the diploma: gives access to the PhD programme (possibly with exemptions).

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

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