Apart from more work? you need 30 credits to complete the certificate and 40 credits to complete the diploma. I am close to the end of my nvq level 3 in business admin, and I am starting a new course soon. I want to stop at the certificate, but I know I should continue.
The reason I am doing this is because I want to teach business admin in a college, so I know the diploma would look better on paper, but everywhere I looked says you need a level 3 qualification in the subject you want to teach. It doesnt say if it should be a certificate or diploma.
NVQs aren't available anymore so unless you started the course some years ago you aren't studying that, although they are sometimes called it by people. They are QCF awards, certificates and diplomas. The credit value of your units will determine which you get
I think if you were to take the certificate you could top up in future but wonder if there's a time limit.
If its free I'd recommend getting the diploma as you will find it harder to get funding to complete it in future, if not impossible, and in my sector (health and social care) most people do full diplomas. HTH