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Differences in Diploma, National Diploma (ND) and Advanced Diploma


This post will be of help if you'd wanted to find answers to a series of questions including:
  1. What is the difference between a diploma and a national diploma?
  2. What is the difference between a diploma and a degree?
  3. Diploma or degree which is better?
  4. What is a diploma equivalent to?

It will also clarify terms including:
  1. Advanced diploma
  2. Diploma certificate
  3. Diploma vs degree jobs

Please note that this information is more relevant to Nigeria situations. In the case of other countries, there may be some differences.

National Diploma

National Diploma programme is also called an ND program in polytechnic. This was formerly Ordinary National Diploma (OND). It's a two-year programme if on full-time bases but 3 years if on part-time. However, daily part-time also adopts two-year 4 semesters stand like the full time.
After completing it you can either obtain JAMB DE form and gain admission to 200 level of any related course or obtain HND form of the same or any school for the same or related course.
ND is acceptable for admission to any university through JAMB DE. And any polytechnic can accept it for admission.

Diplomas

A diploma is run by universities. After completing it, some universities will give you 200 level admission through JAMB DE.

In the case of diploma, only the university that conducts it can accept it for admission into 200 level of the related course.

And in most cases, these Diplomas are just treated as the certificates with which you can secure jobs or add value to your qualifications. For instance, Kwara State University, Ilorin runs a Diploma in Law and Certificate in Legal Studies. The school accepts it for admission into 200 level course and also recommend it for career chase. The same is the case of the Diploma programme of the Yobe State University in several courses.

Note that ND or Diploma courses are usually opened to holders of SSCE - WAEC, NECO, NABTEB, and their equivalents. 

Advanced Diplomas

These are more available and perfect for working people. It helps to upgrade them for their fields or industries. Some schools call this professional courses or certificate courses.

It's usually opened to holders of BSc, HND or higher.

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