by Nasreen Shaikh | 20 Jan 2018
Got your NCEA results, and are now wondering what to do?
Or if you haven’t checked your results, you might want to jump on the NZQA website ASAP!
Now’s the time everyone is planning what their next step is. Where will you study and what will you study?
We’ve had a lot of students ask questions, and one of them is ‘what’s the difference between a diploma and a degree?’. Well in order to choose your next step, we want you to be fully informed so that you make the right decision that’s best for you.
Diplomas are more suitable for people who want practical experience- its a more hands-on and experienced based type of learning. They generally take about 1-2 years of full time study, making it a good way to get working in the industry a lot quicker. Diploma graduates are in demand because of the hands-on skills they learn during their course of study.
Diplomas are often required for trade and technical occupations such as information technology, like our New Zealand Diploma in Information Technology (Technical Support) (Level 5), and our New Zealand Diploma in Systems Administration (Level 6).
We here at NZIE offer a number of different NZQA approved Diplomas in:
The departments at NZIE work to give us students the most relevant experience in the industry, which is part of our movement in taking classes #beyondthewalls. Out tutors give students the opportunities to apply what they’ve learnt in class to real-life scenarios.
The diplomas are co-created with industry experts and are under constant improvement and development to make sure students are learning the most relevant skills. With the help of Think Recruit – our in-house recruitment team – you can land an internship programme while you study, and apply those skills in real life!
Degrees on the other hand are great for people who enjoy writing, are good in exam situations, and like a more academic approach to learning. They generally take about 3-4 years to complete. Earning a degree can potentially open up more doors than a diploma as many careers require at least a bachelors degree.
So which one is right for you?
This actually depends entirely on you, and the type of career you want to pursue. If you’re a more hands-on, practical learner – a diploma may be more suited to you. Whereas if you enjoy more academic learning, and exam based assessments, a degree may work well for you.
Its a good idea to do some research into your desired career’s industry, and find out what qualifications you’ll need.
The great thing about studying at NZIE is that it gives you the best of both worlds! You can gain practical knowledge and skills through our diploma courses that will also give you academic pathways into study at AUT or Massey.
2018 is already underway, so its time to decide and make your next move!