Education and diplomas Kenya

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Common diplomas of Kenya

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

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (less than 6 subjects with A, B or C)

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (at least 6 subjects with A, B or C)

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

Certificates/diplomas (technical training institutes and institutes of technology)

  • Dutch comparison: MBO qualification level 2, 3 or 4 diploma (NLQF 2-4/EQF 2-4).
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university bachelors.

Bachelor’s degree (4 years)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters.

Bachelor’s degree (5 years)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters.

Bachelor’s degree (6 years)

  • Dutch comparison: 4 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 6 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters.

Master’s degree (1-2 years)

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

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

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