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3. Technical Education

What are the changes in Technical Education?

Students from the general education will be given opportunities to acquire the following technical and vocational qualifications:

1.National Skill Certificate (NSC)
This is a 3-year course inclusive of 6 months industrial attachment. This certificate will replace the present National Vocational Certificate (NVC)/National Trade Certificate 3 (NTC3) and National Trade Certificate 2 (NTC2). The minimum entry requirement is the completion of Year 10 or Year 11. NSC is equivalent to the National Diploma (ND).

2.Diploma
This is a 3-year course inclusive of 6 months industrial attachment. This diploma will replace the present Pre-National Diploma (PND), National Diploma (ND) and the Higher National Diploma (HND). The minimum entry requirement is 5 BC GCE ‘O’ or 1 BC GCE ‘A’ or equivalent qualifications or pass NSC, and passes the aptitude test and interview. Diploma is equivalent to HND.

3.Degree (Sandwich)
This is a 4-year sandwich course inclusive of 1 year industrial attachment. The minimum entry requirement is 2 BC GCE ‘A’ or equivalent qualifications in relevant subjects or a pass in the Diploma, and passes the aptitude test and interview.

Progressive Chart for Technical and Vocational Education

Three-Tier Qualifications

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Comparison Of Technical And Vocational Qualifications Currently and in SPN 21

Comparison Of Technical And Vocational Qualifications Currently and in SPN 21

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(Ref: MoE Website)