Undergraduate Certificate in Business Studies

The Undergraduate Certificate in Business Studies is a four-subject award designed to introduce students to elements of business operations and management. This Certificate can be completed in a single semester. The Program Director for this course is Associate Professor Philip Lee.

Course Description

This short course provides students with formal training and enhanced skills in business. Students can choose from a range of elective subjects in the areas of Business, Accounting, Leadership and Marketing.

This Undergraduate Certificate provides an introduction to studying business at AC without committing to a full bachelor degree program.

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Course Structure

The course structure is based on one semester (13 weeks duration) of four subjects. 

To qualify for award of Undergraduate Certificate in Business Studies a candidate shall accrue an aggregate of at least 40 credit points.

Admission Criteria

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 7 Bachelor degree (or higher) by an authorised institution for admission into this course.

Applicants with Work and Life Experience

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.


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 6.5, with a score of not less than 6.0 in any of the four skill areas, or equivalent. 

Study Modes

Delivery Mode: Face-to-Face, Online
Locations: All campuses and Online
Duration: One semester full-time, or part-time with completion by December 2021.
Intakes: Semester 2

Fees & Timetable

Fee-Help information and a complete Fee Schedule for all Alphacrucis 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


  • knowledge of key issues and practices within the discipline area;
  • knowledge of the general research principles and methods used in the discipline area;

Demonstrated ability to:

  • design and execute a research project which examines a problem or issue using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area;  
  • identify and critically evaluate new developments of research and scholarship in the discipline area;
  • communicate effectively ideas and proposed solutions to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts;

Demonstrated ability to:

  • articulate new questions or issues and apply the knowledge and skills developed within the discipline area of to develop appropriate solutions;
  • work independently, responsibly and with the level of professionalism expected in the discipline area;
  • design and implement a research project in the discipline area to advance personal and professional development.

Student Stories

"The teachers I have encountered are passionate about what they teach and care about us as students. It's not just relevant content but an engaging experience in the classroom."

Cassandra Taala
Business & Leadership Graduate


Career Opportunities

Graduates of these courses of study may find employment in business and professional organisations; ministry or church-based organisations; not-for-profit and mission-focused organisations; as well as educational institutions that require skills in research and critical thinking.

Student Services

For more information on the suite of student support services available, please see our Student Services section.


This course is not available to International Students.