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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, like TESDA 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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