Education and diplomas Zimbabwe

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Common diplomas of Zimbabwe

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

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level (at least 5 examination subjects with final result A-C)

  • Dutch comparison: VMBO-T diploma (NLQF* 2/EQF** 2).
  • Duration of schooling: 4 years.
  • Type of education: general lower secondary education.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to advanced secondary school level.

Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Ordinary Level (at least 5 examination subjects with final result A-C) plus the Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education at Advanced Level with at least 2 subjects

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

Bachelor (General)

  • Dutch comparison: 3 years of HBO or 1 year of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to the last year of bachelor (honours) programmes.

Bachelor (Honours) (3 years)

  • Dutch comparison: HBO bachelor’s degree or 2 years of WO (NLQF 6/EQF 6).
  • Duration of schooling: 3 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to master’s programmes.

Bachelor (Honours) (4 years)

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

Master

  • Dutch comparison: HBO or WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: 1½-2 years.
  • Type of education: professional or research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to PhD programmes.

Master of Philosophy

  • Dutch comparison: WO master’s degree (NLQF 7/EQF 7).
  • Duration of schooling: at least 2 years.
  • Type of education: research oriented.
  • Purpose of diploma: access to PhD programmes.

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

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