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What is a Diploma? A diploma is a higher education program that provides advanced knowledge and practical skills learning in a specific career field. Diploma programs usually last for one- to two years. Community colleges, technical schools and some universities offer diploma programs for a diverse range of students. Working professionals returning to post-secondary education may want to pursue a… Read more

What is a Diploma?

A diploma is a higher education program that provides advanced knowledge and practical skills learning in a specific career field. Diploma programs usually last for one- to two years. Community colleges, technical schools and some universities offer diploma programs for a diverse range of students. Working professionals returning to post-secondary education may want to pursue a diploma to enhance their career prospects.  Recent secondary school graduates may choose a diploma as their ticket to an entry-level position in their field, or as a smooth transition into continued higher education study.

What are the benefits of taking a Diploma?

There are a number of distinct benefits to obtaining a diploma. Employers seek out diploma-holders for their demonstrated knowledge and understanding of their field. Students can decide during the course of the diploma program if they would prefer to start working right away upon graduation, or if they would like to try and transfer the credits they earn in a diploma program to a longer-term degree.

What do we study in a Diploma?

There are diploma programs in most academic fields across all disciplines, from the Arts to Business, the Humanities to Technology, the Natural Sciences to Social Sciences and more. Within the discipline, there are highly specific diploma programs, designed to prepare the student for a job in that field. For example, one may choose to get a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, an International Advanced Diploma in Business Management or a Two-Year Diploma in Hotel and Tourism Management. There are different types of diplomas – diploma, advanced diploma, graduate diploma and postgraduate diploma. The difference has to do with the pre-requisites for study.

What kind of career improvement can you expect with a Diploma?

Graduates from diploma programs can expect to see their career prospects improve almost immediately. This is because employers recognize that graduates with a diploma are more professionally familiar with the key skills, knowledge and ideas that are critical to that industry. Even students with many years of experience in their field can benefit from a diploma, as it proves that the holder is familiar with the most up-to-date methods and techniques in their field.

How much does it cost to take a Diploma?

The cost of obtaining a diploma will vary widely from one school to the other, and depending on the program. Diplomas also vary in their duration, which can also contribute to differences in tuition cost. It is helpful to check with the school offering the diploma program of interest to get more information about the price of diploma study. The school may also be able to provide information about financial assistance, if available. It is possible to contact the school of choice directly using the web form on the program page on this website.

Why take a Diploma program Online?

Ideally suited to those who are working full time, have other scheduling commitments or area living far away from the campus where they wish to obtain their diploma, online diploma programs are an excellent option. Using e-learning technology, students will follow a planned curriculum to study for their diploma online. Teachers can communicate more directly with their students, and also encourage class discussions using forums. After passing a diploma program online, graduates are awarded with the same degree as on-campus or full-time diploma students.

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U Law Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Get on the case with our Online Graduate Diploma in Law (i-GDL) - Full-time. Reg. No. 252955. The University of Law's (ULaw) GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approa ... +

Get on the case with our Online Graduate Diploma in Law (i-GDL) - Full-time. Reg. No. 252955. The University of Law's (ULaw) GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach. Our GDL enables students to immerse themselves fully in the law in a short space of time. -
Graduate Diploma
Full-time
12 months
English
Sep 2020
Online
 
CAFA Wine School
Bordeaux, France

Wine Consultant Diploma / Conseiller en Sommellerie in 1 year taught in English and in French The Sommellerie Advisor - Wine Consultant Diploma selects the products to be offe ... +

Wine Consultant Diploma / Conseiller en Sommellerie in 1 year taught in English and in French The Sommellerie Advisor - Wine Consultant Diploma selects the products to be offered to its customers: wines and spirits. Before deciding on a negotiation with the suppliers, he must first proceed with the tasting. The supply must be consistent with the scope, reputation and requirements of the clients. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
9 months
English, French
Sep 2020
Campus
 
GeniusQuest Film Academy
Ko Samui, Thailand

This 16­ month diploma film program provides aspiring filmmakers with the whole range of visual literacy and filmmaking experiences as they learn to write, direct, produce, sh ... +

This 16­ month diploma film program provides aspiring filmmakers with the whole range of visual literacy and filmmaking experiences as they learn to write, direct, produce, shoot and edit several groups and individual short film/video projects, including MOS Films, Sync Dialogue Films, Music Videos, Promotional Videos, Television Shows and Documentary Shorts. -
Diploma
Full-time
16 months
English
07 Sep 2020
15 Jul 2020
Campus
 
Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design
Kraków, Poland

Our 2-and-half-year full-time inspiring program in English introduces students into different fields of fashion, design and various area of art including: fashion design, jewe ... +

Our 2-and-half-year full-time inspiring program in English introduces students into different fields of fashion, design and various area of art including: fashion design, jewelry design, fabric design, fashion illustration, sewing and pattern making, sales techniques, visual identification, painting, composition, conceptual design, history of art, fashion photography, computer programmes. -
Diploma
Full-time
5 semesters
English, Polish
Oct 2020
Campus
 
University of Essex Online
Colchester, United Kingdom

As the world grows increasingly reliant on technology, the need for knowledgeable computing professionals also rises. This conversion short course is designed for individuals ... +

As the world grows increasingly reliant on technology, the need for knowledgeable computing professionals also rises. This conversion short course is designed for individuals who don’t have a computing background and are looking to move into this in-demand field. -
Postgraduate Diploma
Part-time
16 months
English
Online
 
Online Business School
Coventry, United Kingdom

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is suitable for those who are practising within the sector, or who have a significant amount of knowledge and understanding and who n ... +

Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is suitable for those who are practising within the sector, or who have a significant amount of knowledge and understanding and who now wish to consolidate that experience with a formal qualification. The course is a 120 credit qualification, accredited by the Ofqual awarding organisation, Learning Resource Network. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
1200 hours
English
Online
 
Regent College London
Wembley, United Kingdom +1 More

HND in business provides a general understanding of how business works. This course covers all the essential knowledge you need to progress your career within an office-based ... +

HND in business provides a general understanding of how business works. This course covers all the essential knowledge you need to progress your career within an office-based business environment. -
Diploma
Full-time
2 years
English
Sep 2020
25 Jun 2020
Campus
 
London Academy of Trading
London, United Kingdom

This accredited Level 5 Diploma in Applied Financial Trading has been designed to provide candidates with a comprehensive understanding of how different trading techniques are ... +

This accredited Level 5 Diploma in Applied Financial Trading has been designed to provide candidates with a comprehensive understanding of how different trading techniques are used in real-life situations by financial market professionals. Candidates with some experience in trading should find this course particularly beneficial. -
Diploma Diploma
Full-time
12 weeks
English
May 2020
Online
 
Informa Connect
London, United Kingdom

It provides tuition from one of the world’s leading centres of European law and is studied on a distance learning basis, thereby avoiding crucial time spent away from your off ... +

It provides tuition from one of the world’s leading centres of European law and is studied on a distance learning basis, thereby avoiding crucial time spent away from your office. Completing this rigorous programme will give you an edge in a competitive job market. This programme attracts a truly international audience and has been attended by over 2600 students from Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, the USA, South America and Australasia. -
Advanced Diploma
Part-time
8 months
English
01 Oct 2020
01 Sep 2020
Online
 
U Law Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Get on the case with our Online Graduate Diploma in Law (i-GDL) - Part-time. Reg. No. 252955. The University of Law's (ULaw) GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approa ... +

Get on the case with our Online Graduate Diploma in Law (i-GDL) - Part-time. Reg. No. 252955. The University of Law's (ULaw) GDL spreads the workload for a better-paced approach. Our GDL enables students to immerse themselves fully in the law in a short space of time. -
Graduate Diploma
Part-time
21 - 24 months
English
Sep 2020
Online
 
Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design
Kraków, Poland

Our 2-year full time stimulating program in English introduces students into all photo techniques including digital, analogue, advertising, wedding, fashion photography and th ... +

Our 2-year full time stimulating program in English introduces students into all photo techniques including digital, analogue, advertising, wedding, fashion photography and there are also separate workshops for film making, photojournalism, landscape and architecture photography, product and food photography, commercial graphics and art photo techniques. -
Diploma
Full-time
4 semesters
English, Polish
Campus
 
Online Business School
Coventry, United Kingdom

The undergraduate Level 4 (Sales and Marketing) and Level 5 (Extended Diploma in Management) are a 240 credit course designed to fast-track students to the final year of an as ... +

The undergraduate Level 4 (Sales and Marketing) and Level 5 (Extended Diploma in Management) are a 240 credit course designed to fast-track students to the final year of an associated undergraduate degree in sales and marketing, which can either be completed at a UK university on campus or via distance learning. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
700 - 1800 hours
English
Online
 
Online Business School
Coventry, United Kingdom

The undergraduate Level 4 (Leadership and Team Working) and Level 5 (Extended Diploma in Management) is a 240 credit course designed to fast-track students to the final year o ... +

The undergraduate Level 4 (Leadership and Team Working) and Level 5 (Extended Diploma in Management) is a 240 credit course designed to fast-track students to the final year of an associated undergraduate degree in Leadership and Management, which can either be completed at a UK university on campus or via distance learning. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
700 - 1800 hours
English
Online
 
Online Business School
Coventry, United Kingdom

If you have the desire to turn your passion for computers into a career, the IT and Web Development Diploma offered by Online Business School is definitely a course you should ... +

If you have the desire to turn your passion for computers into a career, the IT and Web Development Diploma offered by Online Business School is definitely a course you should consider. The course is designed to equip you with the skills you need to Top Up to a full Undergraduate Degree and go on to become an IT professional. -
Graduate Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
10 - 15 months
English
Online
 
Online Business School
Coventry, United Kingdom

The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is an MBA advanced entry course, which provides learners with 120 credits of the 180 credits required to achieve a complet ... +

The Level 7 Extended Diploma in Strategic Management is an MBA advanced entry course, which provides learners with 120 credits of the 180 credits required to achieve a complete MBA. The course itself is made up of 30 interactive modules and 8 written assignments, with approximately 40 guided learning hours per module. -
Diploma
Full-time
Part-time
1200 hours
English
Online
 

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