Education and diplomas Pakistan

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Common diplomas of Pakistan

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

Diploma (Vocational Institute/Technical Training College)

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

Diploma in Commerce

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

Diploma (Polytechnic)

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

Higher Secondary School Certificate/Intermediate School Certificate with a final result of grade D or lower

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

Higher Secondary School Certificate/Intermediate School Certificate with a final result of at least grade C

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: upper secondary general education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Bachelor (Pass)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma or 2 years HBO (NLQF 4+-5/EQF 4-5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education.

Bachelor of Technology (Pass)

  • Dutch comparison: 2 years HBO (NLQF 5/EQF 5).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to further study in higher education (2 years) (Bachelor of Technology (Honours)).

Bachelor of Technology (Honours)

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

Bachelor (Honours)

  • Dutch comparison: 3 years HBO or 1 year WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters (MPhil of Master).

Professional Bachelor (4 years)

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

Professional Bachelor (5 years)

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

Postgraduate Bachelor (law)

  • Dutch comparison: WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.

Master (1 or 2 years after a Bachelor with a duration of schooling of 3 or 2 years)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO Bachelor’s degree or 2 years WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 or 2 years after a bachelor with a Duration of schooling:of 3 or 2 years respectively.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to graduate programmes.

Master (2 years after a Bachelor with a duration of schooling of 4 years)

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (1 year) (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 2 year after a bachelor with a Duration of schooling:of 4 years.
  • Type of education: profession-oriented or research-oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to doctorate programmes.

Master of Philosophy

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

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

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