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Differences Between Diploma and National/Advanced Diploma (ND)


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. Using Diploma for jobs

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

National Diploma

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

ND is acceptable for admission to any university through JAMB DE. And any polytechnic can accept it for the HND admission.

Diplomas

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

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

Certificate Diploma

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

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

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    1. Please sir what about diploma certificate of computer's training centers can I get admission to university with it?

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    2. No, you can't gain admission with that.

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  2. And sir I'm about to register for aminu Kano legal school yola part time with neco, when I have done can I get admission to university and what's the durations?

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    1. I think that certificate is better the same school admission if they're accepting it. And some will use that to upgrade their positions at works.

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  3. Please i want more information about aminu kano legal college , cos i just filled the form for part time.

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    1. You will see all details through the links below.

      https://akcils.edu.ng/

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aminu_Kano_College_of_Islamic_Legal_Studies

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  4. if i have national diploma in public management can i get access to university and which university is that ?

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    1. First, study the JAMB brochure.

      https://ibass.jamb.gov.ng/?jk=UU400GHDSW6AQ98

      They look for the universities offering that and the requirements.

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  5. Please I have advance diploma in university of ibadan, please is it equivalent to HND or BSc and is it possible for me to process NYSC exemption letter?

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    1. No, it's not as you can see in the post above. And for the NYSC, no.

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  6. Sir, please enlight me, I have Diploma in Law certificate, I want to further my education but I don't want to do the law course anymore, I want to change my course, please what are the available courses for me.

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    1. With Diploma in Law, you have to do your course at the university where you did the Diploma. In this case, you have to speak to your admission office or coordinator on another course you can change to.

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  7. Why can't I get a job in government with my diploma in education from OAU they said it not the same as OND. But it is a 2 year course 4semeste. I'm tired of this country.

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    1. Hmmmm. A diploma is better used to upgrade yourself at work to not get the first job.

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    2. What is Advance diploma equivalent to and after the program (Advance diploma) what program is next. Thanks

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    3. Advance Diplomas are just to add to your base knowledge and they are usually to get promotions at works.

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  8. I enrol for diploma in dental therapy at oshotech how can I further more sir

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  9. Thank you sir i have a question, my question is that what is the difference between a national diploma and a diploma which is a perterm or consult. That is studied in a polytechnic

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    1. National Diploma is usually a two-year course which will allow to progress to HND to cross to university with its certificate. Diplomas in polytechnics can just be certificate courses to have more knowledge about a field of learning but not be used for HND or cross to university. Some diplomas in universities can help you gain admissions into 200 level of that universities.

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  10. Sir, i want to know the different between National Vocational Certificate and National Innovation Diploma

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    1. I think they're are used interchangeably. The National Innovation Diploma programme provides access to Technical and Vocational education in Nigeria

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  11. Please sir i need your guidance on this,
    I want to study Mass communication as a professional course.
    I will like to know between polytechnic or University which one should I apply for.
    Incase If someone have apply for polytechnic how can the person switch to university.
    I will be glad if you reply me earnestly.

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    1. If you have the cut-off mark require, the better is a university. If you're already admitted to polytechnics, you can cross to a university through direct entry application. Read more about that through the link below.

      https://www.schoolcontents.info/2020/05/how-to-cross-from-polytechnic-to.html

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  12. Sir, please does universities accept Community Nursing certificate for DIRECT ENTRY for medicine and surgery

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