Education and diplomas Singapore

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Common diplomas of Singapore

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

Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ level in 6 content-based subjects, with grades from A-C

  • Dutch comparison: at least VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 to 5 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to vocational secondary education and pre-university education.

Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level in 2 H2 content-based subjects + Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘O’ level in 4 subjects (grades from A-C) (6 different subjects in total)

  • Dutch comparison: HAVO diploma (NLQF 4/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 + 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.

Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ level in 3 H2 + 1 H1 content-based subjects + General Paper/Knowledge and Inquiry (5 different subjects in total)

  • Dutch comparison: VWO diploma (NLQF 4+/EQF 4).
  • Duration of schooling: 5 + 2 years.
  • Type of education: general secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to higher education

Polytechnic Diploma

  • Dutch comparison: 1 year higher professional education (HBO) (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: higher professional education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the labour market and to the second year of a university bachelor in a similar field or to the first year of a university bachelor in a different field.

Honours Bachelor

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO bachelor’s degree (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 to 4 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to university masters and doctorate programmes.

Master

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1 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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Nuffic publishes 6 new descriptions of foreign education systems

24 January 2019
Nuffic has published 6 new descriptions of foreign education systems in recent weeks: Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Luxembourg, Tunisia and Venezuela.

Subject-based immersion study visit to Birmingham

1 December 2019 10 a.m. - 6 December 2019 6 p.m.
Birmingham
On this study visit you will experience subject-based immersion in an English school. You will also attend the prestigious SSAT National Conference in Birmingham.