Diploma of Entrepreneurship
Calling all aspiring entrepreneurs : The Diploma of Entrepreneurship is a unique program that provides hands-on training and experience in Startups. Learn Ideation, Design Thinking, Customer Research, Storytelling and Business Commercialisation. Develop your entrepreneurship skills and mindset in this practical course that also offers access to venture capital funding.
Do you have a passion to solve a problem, a business idea that needs refining, or simply a sense that your calling and skills are with starting new ventures?
The Diploma of Entrepreneurship may be right for you. This is a unique one year program that provides hands-on training in areas such as Ideation, Design Thinking, Customer Research, Storytelling and Business Commercialisation. 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.
This course structure is based on the two semesters (each of 13 weeks duration), with four subjects taught in each semester. It comprises:
- 5 Core Subjects (50 credit points)
- 3 specialisation OR elective subjects (30 credit points)
To qualify for award of the degree of Diploma of Entrepreneurship a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 80 credit points.
Core / 5 Subjects (50 credit points)
- ACA001 Faith and Purpose
- EXP001 Professional Practice
- ENT001 Entrepreneurship Foundations
- ENT002 Idea to Opportunity
- ENT003 Customer Research
Specialisation / 3 Subjects (30 credit points)
Innovation and Design
Students who do not complete the specialisation will choose 3 subjects (30 credit points) from accredited AQF Level 5, 6 or 7 subjects offered by AC.
For more details on which subjects you can choose, see the current enrolment guide for this course.
All Subjects Available
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).
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 may conduct a pre-admission interview (either face-to-face or phone or via Zoom) with 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: One year (two semesters) full-time, or up to four 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 area of entrepreneurship, consistent with a Christian worldview;
- depth of understanding of practical fieldwork;
- general understanding of the features of entrepreneurial ideas, opportunities, methodologies and solutions.
Demonstrated ability to:
- identify, analyse and synthesise entrepreneurial theories and processes;
- plan, design and evaluate solutions to technical entrepreneurial issues using appropriate methodologies and theories;
- employ specialist technical and creative skills to express entrepreneurial ideas and perspectives;
- communicate effectively and creatively entrepreneurial ideas and perspectives to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;
- apply technical and theoretical knowledge and skills acquired to develop appropriate solutions in entrepreneurial contexts;
- work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional contexts;
- plan, design and implement an entrepreneurial project;
- 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; start-ups; mission-based or not-for-profit organisations or educational institutions that require skills in creative and innovative thinking.
“There are plenty of ways to make a difference in business. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if more people understood that having a successful business and finding solutions to real-world problems, especially environmental and social ones, aren’t mutually exclusive?”
AC Graduate, Entrepreneur and
Co-Founder of Huskee Coffee Cup
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