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Undergraduate Certificate in Business

Why study with us?

The Undergraduate Certificate in Business is a comprehensive introduction to key principles and practices in business. This includes fundamental business knowledge in the areas of accounting, marketing, human resource management, information technology and business communication. Tailored as a condensed course of four units, it delivers a focused exploration of essential business concepts, providing foundational skills suitable for entry-level roles or as a stepping stone to further academic study in the business field.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Business is designed for those seeking to improve general business skills for current or future employment, as well as being a pathway into the Diploma of Business or Bachelor of Business. Completion of the Undergraduate Certificate will guarantee direct entry into the second semester of study of the Avondale Diploma of Business or Bachelor of Business program.

Key Information

Study Mode:
On campus
Avondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Full-time: 1 years, Part-time: Equivalent years
Course Code:

Course Details

Upon successful completion of the Undergraduate Certificate in Business, graduates will be able to:
  • demonstrate a broad theoretical knowledge of business studies and the business environment;
  • demonstrate efficient and effective decision-making skills in business.

There are many options for satisfying the entry requirements for our courses. An applicant needs to meet at least one of the following entry requirements to be given an offer to study at Avondale.

I have completed my secondary education in Australia or New Zealand and achieved:

*Applicants must not be a current year 12 (or equivalent) student and must be 18 years or older at the time of commencing their course.

I have completed a Vocational education and training (VET) course in Australia or New Zealand and achieved:

  • an Australian Certificate III, as approved by the Course Convenor, or
  • an equivalent New Zealand certificate, as approved by the Director, Student Administration Services.

I have already attended university in Australia or New Zealand and:

  • successfully completed at least 2 units of a Bachelor’s degree or
  • completed a bridging or enabling course, or another recognised tertiary preparation course; or
  • successfully completed at least three units of Avondale’s Undergraduate Certificate in University Preparation.

I have completed my secondary education or higher education qualification overseas:

  • refer to the Admission Policy (HE) for specific information regarding both the minimum academic entry standards (Appendix 1) and the English language proficiency requirements (Appendix 2).

I have other work and life experience:

If a Senior Secondary Certificate has not been completed, an eligible applicant may sit an admission test (uniTEST and TOWA or the Skills for Tertiary Admission Test).

In exceptional circumstances, an applicant may be admitted based on equivalent qualifications or work and life experience as assessed by the Course Convenor or delegate and/or the DVC Academic.

International Students

This course is available to international students who meet the Australian government requirements for a student visa to reside in Australia for the duration of the course. It is also available online for international students residing outside Australia. For information regarding visas refer to

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency through one of the following:

  1. achieving an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no sub-band less than 6.0, or
  2. one of the other ways outlined in Appendix 2 of the Admission Policy (HE).

Advanced Standing

Applicants who have completed prior study may be eligible for advanced standing (credit recognition). Applicants should discuss their eligibility for advanced standing with the Admissions Team or the Course Convenor.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Business consists of four units and requires 24 credit points for completion. Each unit has a 6 credit-point value.

Students must complete any four units from the list below.

Semester 1

WHPE10101 Foundations of Wellbeing

BBUS12010 Organisations in a Business Context

BBUS16020 Introduction to Accounting

BBUS15050 Information Technology Systems in Business

Semester 2

BBUS16040 Introduction to Economics

BBUS14050 Business Statistics

BBUS14060 Business Law

and one of:

ACCT16500 Financial Accounting and Reporting

MKTG26000 Consumer Behaviour

MNGT26100 Organisational Behaviour

To find out more about any of the units listed here, copy the unit code and then search for that unit here.

To view unit information, note the unit code and search for the unit in  Unit Outlines.

Career Opportunities

Undergraduate Certificate in Business graduates will be prepared for many entry-level roles such as Assistant Accountant, Administrative Assistant, Customer Service Representative, or Sales Associate.

With additional experience, advanced career opportunities can include Marketing Coordinator, Human Resources Specialist, Accountant, Finance Manager or Business Analyst.

Graduates also develop skills for the following roles:

  • Small business owner
  • Business manager
  • Office Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Program Coordinator
  • Retail Manager

Graduates can enter the Avondale Diploma of Business or Bachelor of Business programs with full credit for units completed.

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