What is the difference between a diploma and a bachelor's degree?
A diploma in Australia (generally a one-year qualification) is perfect if you would like to start your studies with a bite-sized portion. It’s more detailed than a certificate but less comprehensive than an associate degree or a bachelor. You can study a diploma as either a vocational training or higher education qualification and you’ll gain knowledge you can apply directly to the workplace.
A Graduate Diploma of IT is a postgraduate coursework qualification, an AQF level 8, and often studied after an undergraduate bachelor degree to advance your knowledge in a specific field. Some graduate diplomas can also be used to change career paths. If you haven’t got an undergraduate degree, you may be able to enter based on relevant work experience.
A Graduate Diploma of Information Technology takes significantly less time to study. Normally, it can be completed in one year while a bachelor's degree takes three or four years. How long a diploma takes, just like any other university qualification, varies depending on whether you’re studying full-time or part-time.