Diploma of Business

Course Code4344
CRICOS Code108610K
Course duration /
Study mode

Course duration: One year full-time (or part-time equivalent)*
Study mode: On-campus or Online
*You may not need to complete the full year of the course before transferring to an undergraduate degree, based on results and successful completion of units. 

LocationAvondale Campus - Lake Macquarie
Fee Support


*for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au


The Diploma of Business is a tertiary pathway course for students seeking alternative entry to the Bachelor of Business degree or for students who want a diploma to help develop their general business skills whether in their current workplace or for future employment.

The units provide an opportunity for the honing of higher-level thinking skills, including critical reading, writing, literacy and oral communication skills in business. This allows students to build their business knowledge base in the areas of accounting, human resource management, marketing and business administration, adding both width and depth, and clarifying their values.

The course is suitable for recent school leavers who have not achieved the required entry-level ATAR (or equivalent), including those with no ATAR. It is also an option for mature age students seeking alternative entry to a Bachelor of Business degree.

Upon completion of the Diploma of Business students will be entitled to eight (8) credited units in the Bachelor of Business degree, which is equivalent to the first-year completion of the Bachelor of Business degree.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Business, graduates will be able to:
  • demonstrate a broad theoretical knowledge of business studies and the business environment;
  • apply skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation and research to the business environment;
  • exhibit skills of problem recognition and problem-solving;
  • demonstrate efficient and effective decision-making skills in business;
  • apply the ability to work cooperatively in a team as well as to show individual initiative;
  • communicate ideas orally, in written form and through information technologies.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Business, students can choose to continue their studies in the Bachelor of Business or use their skills for employment opportunities. These may include:

  • Office Manager

  • Team Leader

  • Program Coordinator

  • Retail Manager

  • Business Owner

Admission Criteria

To be eligible for entry into the Diploma of Business, you must qualify for admission. General admission is based on your academic background. There are no specific admissions requirements for this course.


General admission requirements are met by any of the following:
  1. Applicants with higher education study N/A
  2. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study
    • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.
  3. Applicants with work and life experience Applicants who have completed Year 12 or who are 19+ years by March 1 in the year the course commences:
  4. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years)
    • ATAR of 45.00*; or
    • OP of 21 or less.

    *After adjustment factors have been applied






Overseas applicants will have their entry qualifications assessed in accordance with the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy as well as the International Students Policy


Applicants may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English as stated in the Admission to Higher Education Undergraduate Courses Policy

Course Structure

Course duration: One year full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Study mode: On-campus or Online

Maximum Time to Complete: Four years

Course Structure  

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

ACCT16500 Financial Accounting and Reporting OR MKTG26000 Consumer Behaviour OR 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.


Avondale is a self-accrediting Higher Education Provider, and the Diploma of Business course is offered within the terms of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). In 2014 Avondale was granted self-accrediting status by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

Where to get further information

Course Enquiries

Student Administration Services

Phone: +61 2 4980 2377
Email: [email protected]
Monday-Thursday, 9.00am-5pm
Friday, 9.00am-12.00noon


FEE-HELP available for eligible students, see www.studyassist.gov.au

View current information on tuition fees


Scholarships are available for Avondale students.

View all scholarship information. http://www.avondale.edu.au/future-students/finance/scholarships/   


I would really recommend studying business at Avondale because the people, support, and quality of the education are so good! - Elizabeth, Business student