3 Reasons to Choose a Diploma Over a Degree


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3 Reasons to Choose a Diploma Over a Degree

3 Reasons to Choose a Diploma Over a Degree

Are you deciding which qualification to choose? Are you a professional seeking a career change? Or are you just wanting to upskill and enhance your education?

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Are you deciding which qualification to choose? Are you a professional seeking a career change? Or are you just wanting to upskill and enhance your education?  


Completing a university degree isn’t the only option you have to get qualified. If you’ve already completed your uni degree, you probably don’t have the time, money or energy to go back and get another bachelor’s degree. If you’ve just finished school but don’t want to follow the consensus that you must go to university, we’ve got some other options for you.


Increase in uptake of further education

Know the facts


Completing higher education and upskilling has hit a record high. According to the ABS (2016) 46 per cent of Australians aged 15 years and over now hold a post-school qualification. The equates to 9.6 million people. These figures have increased by 46 per cent from 2006.


According to the ABS (2020) In 2020, two-thirds of Australians aged 20-64 years (69% or 10.4 million people) had a non-school qualification (a certificate, diploma or degree).


In addition, according to AIHW, higher education and vocational education students are most likely to be enrolled in a non-school qualification at the ages of 20-24 (46% of the population), followed by those aged 15-19 (27%), and 25-29 (19%).


It’s clear to see more people are taking up higher education and enrolling in courses that boost their career. Certain industries require essential certifications, such as the Responsible Service of Alcohol course for working at a hospitality venue serving alcohol. Whereas, completing a Diploma in Leadership and Management may be a great way to advance your business career.


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Difference between diploma and degree


Generally, a degree course is offered by an autonomous college or university, whereas a diploma is provided by an educational institution or registered training organisation. In general, a degree is completed in 3-4 years and a diploma in 1-2 years.


The following points explain the key difference between a diploma and a degree:

  • The degree is a certificate given to the student by the university for the successful completion of his studies, up to a particular stage in a stream chosen by him. The diploma is a certificate, awarded to the student by the educational institution for pursuing and accomplishing a particular course successfully.
  • Admissions to a degree program are made yearly. Conversely, admissions in a diploma course are done either on yearly or half-yearly basis depending on the policies of the university or an institution.
  • Degree courses are usually more expensive as compared to the diploma courses.
  • Degree courses consume more time than diploma courses.
  • Some degrees are flexible i.e. student may change the stream within a few months of admission. On the other hand, in diploma, there is no such option.
  • The types of degrees are bachelor, master, associate and doctorate. The type of diplomas is graduate or postgraduate.


Why consider a diploma over a degree


Here are three reasons why you shoulder consider enrolling in a diploma over a degree/


  1. You’ll be job ready faster

This is a no brainer! University degrees require a minimum of three years full-time study, while diplomas can be completed in 12-24 months. Due to the practical nature of diplomas, the amount of time you spend learning and completing assessments will be significantly lessened, allowing you to enter the workforce and reap the benefits sooner.


Full-time university actually means full time. Therefore, managing study, casual work, social life and time to yourself becomes quite stressful. Whereas, completing a diploma at a training organisation provides you with the opportunity to commit less time. This means more time to yourself!



  1. Higher chance of being hired

According to the ABS (2020) employment rates were higher for people with non-school qualifications. Diploma or other certificate courses provide you with practical learning experiences to best prepare you for work and in turn, this increases your chances of being hired.


Of people aged 15-74 years with qualifications:

  • 74% were employed in May 2020, compared with 49% of those without qualifications (In 2019 these proportions were 77% and 56% respectively).
  • More men worked full-time (67% compared with 42% of women).
  • Men and women had similar rates of underemployment (9% each), or unemployment (5% and 4% respectively).



  1. Earn more & save more

University degrees are expensive, with bachelor degrees costing an average of $15,000 to $30,000 per year. However, diploma courses can be much more affordable and there are lots of training organisations that cover a significant amount of the courses fee.


On average, according to the College For Adult Learning, people with a Certificate III or IV qualification in Australia are earning $3,200 more than those with a bachelor degree in their first year out of study.


The more money you save and the more money you earn, the better!





Nowadays people are much more concerned about their higher education. Choosing between degree and diploma is a very tough task, both have their merits and demerits. However, we highly recommend undertaking a diploma to get job ready faster, get hired and save more money.


If you’re ready to enhance your career prospects with a diploma course or other certificate qualifications, browse our courses or contact us today.



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