PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 March, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 March, 2004, 12:00am

Offered at both postgraduate and sub-degree levels, a diploma provides a higher academic qualification than a certificate. The content and teaching hours are usually double those offered in certificate courses.

At postgraduate level, a diploma enhances the professional competence of people with professional and work experience and provides them with articulation and progression.

Most postgraduate diplomas provide progression pathways to master's programmes.

At sub-degree level, a diploma can be further divided into a diploma, advanced diploma and professional diploma.

These courses are vocation-orientated, preparing students for employment in a particular field.

They equip students with generic skills, knowledge in specialised disciplines and practical vocational skills.

Entry requirements vary in different subjects but generally applicants must have completed HKCEE or possess a certificate in a related field of study.

Duration ranges from 200 to 300 hours.