Namibia Qualifications Authority NQA Diplomas Award
A diploma is generally awarded following the satisfactory attainment of a sizeable, coherent cluster of outcomes of learning requiring a high level of demand and aligned with one or more learning areas. Diplomas generally require the attainment of a volume of learning smaller than that required for the award of a degree.
Diplomas may be an integral component of a degree and/or standalone from any other qualification.
Diplomas may be awarded across more than one level of the NQF between Levels 5 and 8 inclusive. Distinguishing between diplomas certificated at different levels may be achieved by the inclusion in the Level in the title.
Characteristics and purpose
Qualifications carrying the name Diploma recognise:
- preparedness of learners for self-directed application of skills and knowledge
- capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of educational and vocational areas, and
- capacity for initiative and judgement in technical, professional, and/or management roles.
The knowledge, understanding and skills recognised in a diploma qualification are generally an extension of that recognised in prior qualifications or experience.
Diploma qualifications issued in advance of the level of certification of a Bachelor Degree – a Post Graduate Diploma – recognise:
- an extended and deepened level of knowledge and skills that build on those developed in the principal subjects of an earlier degree (or other degree)
- awareness and familiarity, through a systematic and current survey, of current thinking and research in a particular body of knowledge, and
- instruction in relevant research methodologies.
A lower qualification may not be awarded for early exit from a Diploma programme except where exit represents the attainment of another qualification.
Level of certification
|Diplomas may be registered at Levels 5 to 8.|
Size of qualification
|A minimum of 120 NQF credits are required of which a minimum of 72 must be at or above the level of certification.|