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Diploma in Business
Course information for - 2024 entry
Offered at 3 locations
The Diploma of Business offered at Townsville commences in Professional Term 1 2024. Please note the application form mentions the Brisbane Campus but this course will be completed at the Townsville Leadership Centre.
The Diploma in Business is an important stepping-stone to achieve your career and study goals. Students who undertake this diploma will be able to gain credit for up to the first year of study and articulate into the second year of many of the bachelor's degrees in business at ACU or exit with the Diploma in Business as a standalone qualification.
Not only does our Diploma in Business have lower entry requirements than our bachelor's degrees, but it will help you to develop skills needed to succeed in more advanced tertiary study.
Our Diploma in Business provides domestic students with a Commonwealth supported place (CSP-funded) and will help you achieve your goals.
We are here to support you from start to finish whether you have just finished Year 12 or finished years ago. We ensure smaller class sizes, offer tailored support as you transition to university study, and provide a range of student services to help you succeed.
Our Diploma in Business will be offered at our Townsville Leadership Centre from 2024. This is a great option for those who wish to build their capabilities and gain a qualification. The Diploma in Business is a flexible offering for those who want to prepare for the future workforce, including (Student) Veterans and their families, but also for those who still want to continue serving in the AD
Student enrolling in professional terms can only study at the Township Leadership Centre.
Note: Student Veterans must enroll in the professional terms only.
Students completing the Diploma at Ballarat campus would transfer to their business Bachelor program at the Melbourne campus.
If you’re an international applicant you’ll need the equivalent of an Australian Year 12 Certificate.
You’ll also need to comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy , including the English Language Proficiency requirements.
If you’re an international student completing one of the following qualifications, you will need to apply for admission through your local Tertiary Admission Centre (TAC) and be assessed on your performance in these studies (i.e. your ATAR or equivalent):
- an Australian Year 12 qualification (either outside or in Australia)
- an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
- a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.
English language requirements
International applicants need to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements as defined in the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy .
The entry requirements are as follows:
Academic IELTS; or IELTS indicator online test
Overall score: 6.0 Individual score of 5.5 in all test
50 with a minimum of 42 in all four communicative skill
Internet based score of 60 with: minimum 18 in writing, 8 in reading, 16 in speaking and 7 in listenin
Overall CAE score 176, Minimum score of 169 in all test
ACU English Language test; or ACU EA
If you’re currently completing Year 12 you may be eligible for adjustment factors that can boost your rank and help you get into your desired course.
Adjustment factors may be applied to your TAC application if you study particular subjects, attend schools geographically close to our campuses or in certain regional areas, apply as an elite athlete or performer or meet certain other criteria.
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of that course or unit. You will need to be able to meet these inherent requirements to complete your course.
Pathways into course for international applicants
International students who are enrolled in an English language course may be eligible for a pathway into the Diploma in Business on successful completion of the course.
Students who complete the Diploma in Business may apply for entry into the Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Business Administration. Credit will be given for units completed in the diploma program. It may also provide a pathway to a range of double degrees.
- Unit fee: $3708
- Average first year fee: $29664
- Estimate total cost: $29664
You should be able to concentrate on getting good marks instead of worrying about how you’ll pay your fees. We have a number of options that can help you ease the financial burden, including government assistance, scholarships and income support.
You could be eligible for one of the hundreds of scholarships we award each year to help students from across the university with the cost of studying, accommodation or overseas study opportunities. Some of our scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit, but these aren’t just for the academically gifted; ACU also recognises excellence in community engagement and leadership. We also offer a range of scholarships for those who may be struggling financially or who have faced other barriers to accessing education.
Dr Wendy James
Associate Professor, Peter Faber Business School
Dr Wendy James is a fully Certified Management Accountant (CMA) as well as a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Accountant (CA). Dr James was the National Head of the Accounting Discipline at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and has been at a number of universities including Charles Darwin University (CDU) and before that Torrens University Australia (TUA), part of the international Laureate group of universities. Dr James has also spent time with the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia where she was a senior lecturer with Open Universities Australia.
Dr Victoria Obeng
Lecturer, Peter Faber Business School
Dr Obeng is a lecturer with Peter Faber Business School. She has worked in industry as teaching consultant for finance and a board member of a finance company. She has teaching experiences from different parts of the world. She has taught in Latrobe University, University of Ghana, and Ghana Technology University College in the areas of financial accounting, auditing and management accounting. Her research interests include corporate governance, board diversity, earnings management, corporate financial reporting and disclosure and the accounting regulatory environment. She has published several research papers in her early academic career and refereed journal articles in her research areas. She is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana.