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Different Types of Courses That You Can Take in the Philippines



For most incoming students, especially those that are about to step into college for the first time, their journey starts with choosing the course they will be taking in the next few weeks, months, or years.

There are different types of courses that you can take here in the Philippines. But before we go into those courses, let’s define what courses are first.

In the Philippines, the word “course” is often used by the general public to refer to a “program of study” that you can complete in a certain amount of time in order to get a degree. Examples of this are Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Science and Accountancy to name a few. The same goes with other countries and territories such as Australia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

By contrast, the term “course” is used in Canada and the United States to refer to a “unit of teaching” that belongs to a broader program of study, much like what we call “subjects” in the Philippines. Some examples of these are Programming Language for Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Introduction to Biotechnology for Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, and Editorial Management for Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. Of course, you can always say that the difference is only a matter of preference, but it does give things a bit of a different meaning.

For example, in the Philippines, courses or programs can be divided into two categories: degree programs and certificate programs.

What’s the difference between the two? Below is a quick overview.

Degree Programs

Degree programs are programs of study that are geared towards granting you a degree in exchange for completing a specified number of subjects which you can then use to get a job or pursue higher learning. Degree programs in the country are often divided into three sub-categories: associate degrees, undergraduate degrees, and post-graduate degrees.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs are short courses that may take you anywhere from several days to several months to complete. Upon completion of the program, you will be granted a certificate that proves that you have acquired the necessary qualifications needed in order to perform specific tasks.

While some certificate programs will allow you to pursue higher learning or employment the way degree programs do, they will usually limit your options to technical or entry level jobs, or in the case of certain professions, you can only used them in conjunction with previously completed degree programs.

Why don’t you click the programs mentioned so you can learn more about them? It might help you decide what kind of course or program to pursue.


For most incoming students, especially those that are about to step into college for the first time, their journey starts with choosing the course they will be taking in the next few weeks, months, or years. There are different types of courses that you can take here in the Philippines. But before we go into those courses, let's define what courses are first. In the Philippines, the word "course" is often used by the general public to refer to a "program of study" that you can complete in a certain amount of time in order to get a degree. Examples of this …


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27 Comments

  1. good day!
    ahm gusto ko po sanang magtanong kung meron po bang 3 months na course?
    atsaka ano po ba iyon?

    • Hi, Jovelyn!

      Yes, there are a couple. We know someone who finished Dressmaking NC II in three months although schedules may vary per school or training center. Wellness Massage (120 hours), Household Services (216 hours), Tour Guiding Services (196 hours), Travel Services (196 hours), Tile Setting (82 hours) are all fairly short, so there’s a good chance that they’ll all be finished within 3 months, provided that classes are conducted daily.

      :)

  2. Dear Sir/Ma’am

    Tanong ko lang po kung meron bang course na available for high school under grad. na related for mechanical or tech. voc. kasi po gusto ko po sana mag aral ng short course para po makakuha ako ng certificate. Acually po more than 9 years na ako nagwowork dito sa Saudi as Pipe fitter / mechanical tech.(maintenance) sa isang petrochemicals plant. gusto ko lang po talaga makakuha ng certificate of any short course na pwede po sakin. maraming salamat po.

    • Hi, Rosauro!

      This question is kind of tricky. A high school diploma is usually part of the admission requirements in enrolling for a TESDA course; however, from what we have been advised in the past, if you already have sufficient experience and you are confident that you can pass the assessment exam for a particular course, you can skip the classes and jump right ahead to taking the assessment exam (which doesn’t mention anything about diplomas in its application requirements), so that’s a good sign. We’re not sure if there might be requirements that may have been accidentally left out or that we are not aware of, though, so we strongly suggest that you get in touch with TESDA so they can give you a more accurate and detailed reply.

      TESDA Directory
      http://www.courses.com.ph/tesda-regional-provincial-district-offices/

      Pipe Fitting NC II Training Regulations
      http://www.tesda.gov.ph/Downloadables/TR%20Pipefitting%20NCII%20rev.doc

      Assessment and Certification Requirements
      http://www.tesda.gov.ph/About/TESDA/46

      :)

  3. Hi/hello
    sir/maam,
    umm lolitasaranillas I would like to ask if how to enrolled online course im I was taking bscriminology I want to continue my study true online please help me what I should I do..waiting for your responce.
    thank you and godbless

  4. Hi! Im a freshman college student taking BSBA major in Marketing.Actually, I like this course and my grades are better. My problem is i want to transfer because im not happy anymore to my current school. I want to focus on my studies as well as to enjoy my college life.My parents didnt know this. Im shy to tell them because of the financial assistance and i know there answer is no. What should i do? Please help me by giving advises. thanks:)

  5. Hello,

    I hope someone could help me. I want to be an expert in health for two reasons, to treat my acoustic neuroma thru natural medicine and two I want to help everyone by educating them to eat healthy (thru seminar). What course should I take and where? herbology? nutritionist? I am looking for short term courses. I am willing to travel to provinces if I have to take the course I need.

    Thanks, Art Esmeria (09223511329)

  6. gud day!
    ask ko lang po ano pinaka madaling course na four years? at ano po ba ang course na matututo ka mag english kahit hindi major in english? thanks.

  7. Sir / Madam,

    Greetings!
    How can I enroll to the publish universities who are giving free online college studies. I am very interested to be enrolled, since I was unable to finish my college, I am 41 yrs. old right now.
    Thank you so much. Hoping to received any response from your end. To GOD all be the glory.

    Respectfully yours,
    Sherwin A. Tabada

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