Education and diplomas New Zealand

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Common diplomas of New Zealand

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

NCEA Level 2

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma or MBO qualification level 2-4 diploma (NLQF* 4 or 2-4/EQF** 4 or 2-4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.

NCEA Level 3 (with sufficient credits from general level 3 subjects)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Bachelor’s degree

  • 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: access to further study of the first cycle in higher education (honours year).

Bachelor Honours Degree

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year (after a bachelor) or 4 years (as an integrated programme).
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters.

Master’s Degree

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 or 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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