“Diploma vs Degree: what’s the difference?” This is one of the most common questions asked by school leavers, so we asked the Student Advisors at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) to explain.
“Choosing a diploma vs degree can sometimes be a confusing decision, but finding out about what each of these qualifications is the first step to kick starting your higher education journey,” said Issey Wilson, a Student Advisor at ICMS.
Duration: A diploma is a certificate course that typically takes about one (1) year to complete.
Job Outcomes: A diploma qualification provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to get an entry level job in your area of specialisation.
Structure and Subjects: At the Aspire Institute a diploma is two trimesters (2 x 14 weeks), with four subjects per trimester. Some of the subjects studied under a Diploma of Business include:
Students who complete this qualification can use this diploma as a stand-alone qualification, or as a pathway to a Bachelor of Business degree.
A diploma could be right for you if you are wanting to gain an entry level job in your field in a short time.
Duration: A bachelor degree is an advanced tertiary education option awarded by a university or college that typically takes between 3-7 years to complete, depending on your choice of specialisation, such as hospitality, marketing or sport, for example.
Job Outcomes: A bachelor degree is often the minimum qualification sought by employers looking to place an employee with a view to progressing that person to a more senior management-level role.
Pathways: Depending on your level of education, you can do an undergraduate (bachelor), postgraduate (master). Individuals will first study an undergraduate degree, and then pursue a postgraduate degree – if they wish to further their education.
Structure and Subjects: Another key factor that differentiates a diploma vs degree is that a degree not only includes specialisation subjects, but also core subjects such as Marketing or Business. This allows for your education to be both well rounded and versatile.
For example, a Bachelor of Business from ICMS is a three year degree with four subjects per trimester, as well as an included Industry Training component. The industry training included in the bachelor degree means that bachelor degree qualified students receive more than a formal academic qualification. They also gain real work experience, connections within companies – and an impressive CV.
The first year core subjects of the Bachelor of Business degree are the same as the Diploma of Business subjects. Along with the core subjects, other subjects offered within this degree include:
One key advantage of pursuing a degree is that most employers require one when seeking new employees. With a degree:
Having a degree also showcases commitment and perseverance to future employers.
“In the end there is no definite right or wrong answer to the question of whether you should study a diploma or a degree. It comes down to what your own goals are for your career, your personal circumstances and the type of future you hope to create for yourself,” said Issey Wilson.
“If anyone would like any further advice on this topic I am happy to answer questions. Our team can be contacted on +61 (2) 9946 1240 or email at [email protected]”, she said.
Diploma courses are offered at Aspire Institute.
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Bachelor and Master degrees are offered at ICMS.
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