When Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said he earned a “diploma in political science” from Oxford University, brushing off a report that he did not complete a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), he got two things wrong, reports Rappler.com. The diploma he got was a “special diploma in social studies,” not political science. Second, he equates a diploma with a degree. “I got a diploma!” he told reporters. “What do you get when you graduate? A diploma.” But In the UK educational system, a diploma is not equivalent to a degree. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education is explicit: “An Undergraduate Diploma is the same as the second year of an undergraduate degree.” It was given to students who didn’t get good enough grades to go on for a full degree. In other words, pasang-awa or a consolation diploma.