These courses provide introductory skills and training, delivering industry-specific knowledge and skills in communication, literacy and numeracy, and teamwork. Given the fact that the School Leaving Certificate from Nepal is considered to be equivalent to the Australian School Leaving Certificate, normally students do not opt for these type of courses or these types of courses are not recommended. However, some VET providers can offer these courses in addition to other courses as packaged courses.
Students of Diploma level will have specialised knowledge and skills for further learning. It takes 1-2 years to complete the course. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning.
The most sought after diplomas by Nepalese students applying for studying in Australia are as follows:
- Diploma in Accounting
- Diploma in Information Technology
- Diploma in Business
- Diploma in Nursing
- Diploma in Social Media or Digital Designs
- Diploma in Hospitality Management
- Diploma in Commercial Cookery
There are many other diplomas which are industry specific and usually provide a good return on investment for students who would like to take a Diploma degree before moving to Bachelor degree programs.
Diploma degrees usually have a good amount of vocational content in the curriculum which helps students to explore the work place and a know how of specific industry. These degrees form a base for studying Advanced Diploma or usually offered as a pathway degree or are packaged courses for students who do not meet entry requirements for studying Bachelor degree in Australia.