Education and diplomas Nigeria

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Common diplomas of Nigeria

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

National Technical Certificate/National Business Certificate

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 2 or 3 (NLQF* 2 or 3/EQF** 2 or 3).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.

Advanced National Business Certificate/Advanced National Technical Certificate

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 3 or 4 (NLQF 3 or 4/EQF 3 or 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: vocational secondary education.

West African Senior School Certificate (WAEC)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (at least 6 subjects with A1, B2-3 or C4-6) (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of the UTME entrance examination.

Senior School Certificate (NECO)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (at least 6 subjects with A1 or B2-3) (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to higher education, upon successful completion of the UTME entrance examination.

National Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: MBO diploma qualification level 4 (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the first cycle in higher professional education (Higher National Diploma), upon completion of 1 year of practical experience.

Higher National Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the first cycle in higher professional education (Post Higher National Diploma) and to the third year of a bachelor’s programme.

Nigeria Certificate in Education

  • Dutch comparison: 1 year HBO in education (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to the second year of the university Bachelor of Education and to the first year of a regular university Bachelor.

Postgraduate Diploma of Education

  • Dutch comparison: at least HBO bachelor in education (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 year.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: qualifies to teach at Senior Secondary Schools

Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to further study of the second cycle in higher education.

Master

  • Dutch comparison: HBO master or WO bachelor or WO master (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 to 2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: admission to doctorate programmes.

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

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