Diploma of Business and Diploma of Entrepreneurship
This double diploma integrates the best of Business and Entrepreneurship to equip Christian leaders for their unique calling in the world and in the marketplace. Complete this double diploma in 1.5 years (full-time), instead of 2 years.
The Diploma of Business and Diploma of Entrepreneurship is a double diploma designed to produce graduates who can combine core business concepts with an entrepreneurial mindset to make a positive contribution to society.
This 1.5 year program provides hands-on training in areas such as Ideation, Customer Research, Business Communications and Marketing. Every participant will be working on their Startup idea, or with a Startup, providing valuable practice in developing an entrepreneurial mindset and critical skills such as self-awareness and tenacity.
The course is run by Christian entrepreneurs, and offers access to a network of experienced entrepreneurs, a Startup Incubator and Accelerator, and the possibility of exclusive venture capital funding.
AC is committed to providing academic pathways for students. These courses of study allow flexibility for students who may wish to start with a short undergraduate course before committing to one of AC’s bachelor degrees.
This double diploma arrangement is based on the three semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
- 90 credit points (9 subjects) of compulsory core subjects; and
- 30 credit points (3 subjects) of electives.
To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Business and Diploma of Entrepreneurship a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 120 credit points.
Core / 9 Subjects (90 credit points)
- ACA001 Faith and Purpose
- COM001 Business Communication
- EXP001 Professional Practice
- EXP007 Professional Practice in Business
- MAN001 Introduction to Management
- MKT001 Foundations of Marketing
- ENT001 Entrepreneurship Foundations
- ENT002 Idea to Opportunity
- ENT003 Customer Research
Electives / 3 Subjects (30 credit points)
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
Applicants with recent high school education only will demonstrate completion of the NSW Higher School Certificate, or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
Applicants with a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification will demonstrate the completion of a Certificate III or higher qualification awarded by an authorised institution or registered training organisation (RTO).
The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course on the basis of a Certificate III qualification. This interview aims to assess academic suitability and preparedness of the applicant for undergraduate level study.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study enrolment since leaving secondary education is a higher education qualification will demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Applicants who have not completed formal higher education study are eligible for direct entry into this course.
If English is not the applicant’s first language or if their first degree was awarded in a non English speaking nation, they will be required to show proficiency in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (or equivalent) with an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of at least 5.5, with a score of not less than 5.0 in any of the four skill areas, or equivalent.
The Program Director will conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with all applicants seeking entry into the course. This interview aims to discuss the applicant's suitability to plan, design and implement an entrepreneurial project.
Delivery Mode*: Face-to-Face (Campus class), Online Live (Zoom class), Online Recorded
Locations**: Sydney and Online
Duration: 1.5 years (three semesters) full-time, or up to five years part-time.
Intakes: Semester 1, Semester 2
* Our study modes are flexible so you can mix-and-match different modes throughout your course to fit your needs. For example, a face-to-face student can choose to attend some classes online or an online student may choose to take some subjects face-to-face.
** Some subjects may only be available in certain study modes each semester. Please check the timetable for the most up-to-date information. Face-to-face classes can be delivered weekly or via intensives, where the subject is delivered in a block over consecutive weekdays and/or weekends. Some subjects must be completed face-to-face to meet professional accreditation requirements.
Course Learning Outcomes
- general understanding of key issues, recent scholarship and practices within the discipline areas of entrepreneurship and business, consistent with a Christian worldview;
- depth of understanding of practical fieldwork;
- technical and theoretical understanding of basic research principles and methods, and knowledge of research approaches used in the discipline areas of entrepreneurship and business.
Demonstrated ability to:
- identify, analyse and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline areas of entrepreneurship and business;
- examine a complex problem or presenting issues using appropriate entrepreneurship and business methodologies and theories;
- communicate technical and creative skills to express leadership ideas and perspectives;
- communicate technical and creative skills to express business ideas and perspectives;
- communicate effectively and creatively ideas and perspectives on key issues, recent scholarship and practices in business and entrepreneurship to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;
- apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills acquired within the specialist area of business in a range of professional contexts to develop appropriate solutions to entrepreneurship issues;
- work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional, ministry, and entrepreneurship contexts;
- collaborate in team projects to make a positive contribution toward social issues;
- undertake self-reflection and evaluation of performance for the purpose of vocational development.
Graduates of this course of study may find employment in a relevant occupational field, such as: business and professional organisations; mission-based or not-for-profit organisations or educational institutions that require skills in creative and innovative thinking
“AC for me has been fun, challenging, and super inspiring. Even though we were learning about leadership and management there was always that Biblical element running through it. I studied marketing and did research on the customer decision journey. After completing this I was able to rewrite the decision journey for a local university and help them with their marketing.”
Amanda Winchester, Business Graduate
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