Diploma or Degree

The decision to further your skills and knowledge is a big one. Therefore making the decision between a Diploma or Degree even harder. Find out the difference between the two right here.

The Difference Between a Diploma and a Degree

There aren’t any major differences between a diploma and a degree. You can get both these qualifications at a tertiary institution. These institutions include colleges or universities. The information below to help make the decision between a diploma or degree. 

Which is Better: A Diploma or a Degree?

Both a diploma and degree are qualifications of education. Knowing which is better depends on your career choice. Having full knowledge on both will help you decide on which is best for you. 


Colleges offer diploma courses. It’s also a shorter term course ranging from around 6 months to 3 years. Degrees are offered by universities. The duration of a degree can be anywhere from 3 to 4 years. 


There are two types of diplomas that you can aim to achieve. A graduate diploma and a postgraduate diploma. There are three types of degrees you can do. A bachelor, master and doctorate degree.  

How to get a Diploma 

You can enrol in a diploma course at Skills Academy. All you need is your matric certificate and to be able to read and write in English. It is important to do some research on the entry requirements for the institution of your choice. 

Benefits of a Diploma 

Having a diploma much like having any other qualification has several great benefits. One of which is being career ready. Your diploma course will give you the skills you need to get an entry level job in half  the time.   

Benefits of a Diploma: 

  • Short course duration 
  • Job ready skills 
  • Opportunity to explore different career options 
  • Flexible learning 
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Diploma Courses

There are several different Diploma courses options available to you. These courses lead to many careers in different industries. You can do courses such as Educare, Project Management, Accounting and many more.  

Diploma Career Opportunities 

Career opportunities for a diploma are endless. There are a variety of industries you can venture into. Each will have its own earning rate, experience requirements and job duties. 

  • Management 
  • IT
  • Finance 
  • Construction

If you find it hard to decide on a career path. Have a look at our detailed careers page. We give you insight on different careers. You will also find out what course to do for each career.

Getting a Degree

Studying hard would be the simple general way of getting a degree but we all know that more goes into it. You will need to know what field of study you’d like to go into. As well as what institution you want to study with.

Benefits of Having a Degree

Keep in mind that no matter what qualification you have, furthering your education is a great benefit in itself. Having a degree much like any other qualification, has several benefits that can help you and your career. 

Benefits of a Degree:

  • Earn more
  • Job security
  • Investment into your future
  • Expanded knowledge 

Career Opportunities of a Degree 

The career opportunities with a degree are endless. You can go into  teaching, human resources, marketing and management. You can even become an entrepreneur and open your own business. 

Choosing Between a Diploma and a Degree 

This choice can be simple to make if you know what you need. So if you know how long you would like to study and the type of institution you would like to complete your studies with, your choice will be simple. Here are a few tips to help make this decision easy on you:

  • Know what you want to study 
  • Find an accredited institution
  • Choose a course

Entry Requirements

It’s hard to point out what exactly you will need to study a diploma or degree. Most entry requirements depend on the institution, qualification and course type. Therefore it is best that you enquire about entry requirements with your institution of choice. 

Basic entry requirements for a diploma: Matric certificate 

Admissions requirements for a degree: Matric certificate – the level at which you need to pass is determined by the institution. 

Alternative Study Options

There are other alternative study options available to you. You could choose to study via distance learning right here at Academy and have your pick of our courses. Now remember we do have accredited diploma courses but we also have short courses, provider programs and creative courses that you can dive into. 

Short Course 

Are you fresh out of high school, looking to learn a quick skill? Or are you a working professional looking to brush up on your skills? Our shorts courses are perfect for anyone of any age. With skill enhancing short courses such as financial management, child psychology and several others, you can’t go wrong. 

Provider Programmes 

Our provider programmes or better yet our skills programmes. Give you skills without the need of matric. That’s right, you can still further and develop your skills without having a matric certificate. All you need is our provider programmes. 

Start Your Future With an Institutions Dedicated to you

Deciding on the right qualification is important and deciding on the right institution is extremely important. So contant our course experts and have them tell you how we will help you succeed. Contact us for free. 

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Last Updated: October 30, 2020


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Tia Sauls
Tia Sauls
Tia Sauls is a Junior Content Writer and Creator at Skills Academy. She focuses on creating well researched and unique content that meets SEO standards. She believes that all weaknesses can be turned into strengths with time, effort and practice. View my LinkedIn profile

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