The Diploma of Business is designed for people like you, who wish to gain formal training and enhanced skills in order to run a small business -- perhaps a family business or a start-up. This course prepares you to handle leadership and management while competently looking after accounts and business plans in a legal and ethical manner.
The Diploma also allows flexibility for students who may wish to start with a short undergraduate course before committing to a Bachelor program or for students who need to exit a Bachelor program earlier than intended, due to unforeseen personal or professional reasons.
The Diploma of Business is based on two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
- 5 Core Subjects (50 credit points)
- 3 Elective subjects (30 credit points)
To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Business a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points, including satisfactory completion of the core subjects.
For more information see the Student Handbook.
Suggested Order of Subjects
It is recommended that COM001 and MAN001 be studied in the first semester of the first year of study to introduce students to foundational concepts that may be helpful in later subjects.
Core / 5 Subjects (50 credit points)
- ACA001 Faith and Purpose
- COM001 Business Communication
- MAN001 Introduction to Management
- MKT001 Foundations of Marketing
- EXP001 Professional Practice OR EXP007 Professional Practice in Business
Specialisation / 3 Subjects (30 credit points)
The specialisation in this course is optional. Students can choose to complete three alternate subjects.
For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.
The required subjects for this course have changed in 2022. Students who commenced before 2022 are encouraged to contact Student Services for enrolment support.
Applicants with Recent Secondary Education (within the past 2 years)
Applicants admitted on the basis of their recent secondary education must demonstrate the completion of NSW Higher School Certificate or International Baccalaureate (or the completion of the interstate or overseas equivalent qualification and result) for admission into this course.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) Study
Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) qualification must demonstrate the completion of an AQF Level 3 Certificate III or higher by an authorised institution or registered training organisation for admission into this course.
Applicants seeking admission on the basis of a Certificate III qualification may be required to attend a pre-admission interview or submit a statement of intent. Please refer to the application for admission for further details.
Applicants with Higher Education Study
Applicants whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a complete or partially complete higher education qualification must demonstrate the completion or partial completion of an AQF Level 5 Higher Education Diploma (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
If you are under the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply to a prescribed program of non-award study on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate of this course.
If you are over the age of 21 at the time of commencement, you can apply for admission into this course on the basis of provisional entry, and complete the provisional entry qualifying period to become a full candidate.
Overseas students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency skills. Such students admitted into our programs must attain an overall IELTS (or equivalent) score of 5.5 (with no score below 5.0 in any of the four skills areas). IELTS (or equivalent) is not required for applicants who have undertaken five years of required higher education study (or equivalent) in English from an approved country or who have completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification awarded in English under the Australian Qualification Framework by an authorised institution or registered training organisation.
Study ModesLocations: Online, Sydney
. Full-time Duration: 1 year
Part-time Duration: Up to 4 years
2023 Intakes: Nov Intake
2024 Intakes: Sem 1, Sem 2, Nov Intake
See the timetable to confirm individual subject location and mode availability.
Fees & Timetable
A complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis programs and courses can be found in our Fees Information section.
For a full list of course dates for new and continuing students, please see our Timetables.
FEE-HELP is available for eligible students to assist you in financing your studies. For more information and other options, please visit the Financing Your Study page. For students who cannot access government loans, an alternative option is Study Loans, a private student loan provider. To learn more about loans provided by Study Loans, click here.
Course Learning Outcomes
- general understanding of key issues, recent scholarship and practices within chosen discipline area of business, consistent with a Christian worldview;
- depth of understanding of practical fieldwork
- technical and theoretical understanding of research principles and methods, and knowledge of research approaches used in the discipline area of business
Demonstrated ability to:
- identify, analyse and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline area of business;
- examine technical business problems or management requirements using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area of business;
- communicate effectively and creatively ideas and perspectives on key business issues, recent scholarship and practices in business to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;
- apply theoretical and technical knowledge and skills acquired to develop appropriate solutions to business and management issues;
- work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional and business 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.
After graduating from this course, you may find employment in relevant occupational fields that require skills in research and critical thinking, such as: small business owner, sales, management consultant, operations manager, or administration.
"I’m working at two small business now, and my time in the Diploma of Businesses has helped shape me into someone who can add value above and beyond my job description. I’ve been able to utilise some of the basic accounting skills taught to tap into some fun and challenging areas in both organisations. The teaching from AC on integrity in business and the importance of personal character have seen me find favour with both bosses and my co-workers."
Diploma of Business Graduate
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