1. What are the key features of the revised Post-Diploma Qualifications Framework?
The key features are:
- 3 broad categories of post-diploma programmes adopted across all the Polytechnics – Advanced Diploma (AD), Specialist Diploma (SD) and Diploma (Conversion) (DC)
- Modular structure – each programme will now be offered as two to six distinct Post-diploma Certificates (PDC). Each PDC is an acknowledgment that the participant has achieved a set of expertise that will enable him/her to perform in a certain job function. Upon completion of the relevant PDCs prescribed for a post-diploma programme, the participant will be conferred a full qualification of an AD/SD/DC programme.
2. Why are there different types of Post-Diploma programmes offered? What are their differences?
There are three types of post-diploma programmes as each of these programmes serve different purposes.
Under the revised CET Post-Diploma Qualifications Framework, Advanced Diploma (AD) and Specialist Diploma (SD) courses are both designed to enable existing diploma or degree holders to deepen their knowledge and skills and develop specialisations within their trained discipline areas.
- SD courses will have a shorter duration of between 240 and 300 hours and can generally be completed in about a year (or two 6-month semesters). They will consist of two Post-diploma Certificates.
- AD courses have a broader scope of training and hence will have a duration of between 480 and 1,060 hours and can generally be completed in about 1 – 1 ½ years. They will consist of three or more Post-diploma Certificates.
On the other hand, Diploma (Conversion) courses seek to prepare existing diploma or degree holders to undertake jobs in a different discipline area, i.e. for career conversion. These courses will have duration of 240 hours or longer, depending on the amount of time needed to effectively equip an adult learner who possesses a diploma/degree qualification with the requisite knowledge and skills to undertake a job in a different discipline area or industry. These courses consist of two Post-diploma Certificates and are generally completed in about a year. Unlike CET/Part-time Diplomas which are more broad-based, these Diploma (Conversion) courses are focused and directed towards specific job requirements and therefore can be completed in a much shorter duration.
3. Why do these Post-Diploma programmes require a Diploma as a minimum entry requirement? I am a working adult wishing to upgrade via these courses but am unable to do so as I do not possess a Diploma.
The post-diploma courses seek to prepare existing diploma or degree holders to undertake jobs in a different discipline area, i.e. for career conversion or to enable existing diploma or degree holders to deepen their knowledge and skills and develop specialisations within their trained discipline areas. As such, the curriculum of the post-diploma courses builds on the polytechnic diploma curriculum and hence the minimum entry requirements include a polytechnic diploma.