Academic certificatesAcademic certificates- An academic certificate is a document that certifies that a person has received specific education or has passed a test or series of tests.
In many countries, a certificate is a qualification attained in secondary education.
DiplomasA diploma is a short term course, generally lasts up to two years which mainly focuses on training an individual in a particular field. It is a quicker and easier way to get into an area of work. The importance of a diploma compared to a degree is relatively less.
DegreesA degree is an academic course studied at university. In most cases it lasts up to 3 years where specific requirements are met through coursework and/or exams to gain the qualification.
A degree provides more in depth knowledge about a course than a diploma.
Earning a degree opens more doors for opportunity than a diploma and most jobs require at least a bachelors degree.
Masters degreeA Masters degree is typically studied after a degree has been gained.
It is focused on one particular area of a wider subject, offering a greater amount of specialist knowledge, as opposed to a degree which just covers a large area of a certain subject.
It is more intense and faster paced and can typically last between 3-4 years. .