Diploma of Business

Award Diploma Of Business (DipBus)
AQF Level AQF 5
Typical Duration 1 year
CRICOS Code 085156K
Units of Study 8


The purpose of the Diploma of Business is to produce graduates who are capable of performing a range of business tasks while displaying the readiness to develop further in key areas of business, such as accounting, management and marketing. The course can provide a pathway to a Bachelor of Business and related programs in most higher education institutions. The Course objectives are as follows:

  • Learn the basics of business, marketing and management in a coherent and meaningful manner
  • Learn the basics of accounting and business law
  • Enhance your academic and study skills
  • Develop a good understanding of real life business and management challenges
  • Familiarise yourself with the extent of studies needed to develop your career in this field

Career Outcomes

Students completing the Diploma of Business can either gain entry-level employment with a multitude of organisations or obtain credit to complete the Bachelor of Business, and subsequently, progress to the Master of Business and Project Management at APIC. Alternatively, graduates can seek entry with credit into a range of bachelor degree programs at Australian and or internationally recognised universities. In short, completion of the Diploma of Business can open up multiple opportunities for young graduates to pursue courses and programs in business, accounting, finance, commerce, law and economics.


All formal award courses offered by APIC, including the Diploma of Business are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency and included in the National Register of Higher Education Institutions and Courses.

Course Learning Outcomes


Graduates of the Diploma of Business will have:

  • Knowledge of the theories, concepts, and principles of a range of business-related fields and disciplines including accounting, management, marketing and sales, business law, and economics
  • Knowledge and awareness of business practice, and industry standards and expectations


Graduates of the Diploma of Business will have:

  • Cognitive skills to analyse and evaluate information, concepts and evidence from a range of business and academic sources
  • Cognitive and technical skills to present reasoned arguments and analysis of key business and technical data
  • Communication skills to present clear information in professional business and academic formats

Application of knowledge and skills

Graduates of the Diploma of Business will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

  • Through the practice of technical functions, effective planning, and decision making within a business environment
  • Through the identification and evaluation of effective professional business practice
  • With responsibility and accountability for their own professional practice, and in collaboration with others within a business environment


Diploma of Business Credit points
Semester 2 24
Total 48
Semester 1
SBM 3101 Professional Development and Business Communication 6
SBM 3105 Foundations of Accounting 6
SBM 3106 Fundamentals of Management 6
SBM 3107 Introduction to Economics 6
Semester 1 24
Semester 2
SBM 3102 Marketing and Sales Management 6
SBM 3103 Mathematics and Statistics 6
SBM3205 Human Resource Management 6
SBM3207 Finance 6

To be eligible to graduate from the Diploma of Business, students must successfully complete eight core units: SBM3101; SBM3105; SBM3106; SBM3107; SBM3102; SBM3103; SBM3205; SBM3207.

Exit Point: Diploma Business or Continue on to Bachelor of Business

Please note: Not all units are offered in every semester.


Domestic and Offshore International students
The course may be studied in full-time and/or part time modes, allowing students complete flexibly. The normal full-time duration is 1 year (2 semesters).

The number of units undertaken in each semester can be varied to suit individuals, subject to the total duration of candidature not exceeding 3 years (6 semesters), and subject to any conditions as advised at the time of enrollment.

Onshore International students
The CRICOS-registered duration is 1 year of full-time study (2 semesters). Please note the part time mode is not available to holders of a student visa, who are not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who are not an Australian permanent resident, or who are a temporary resident of Australia.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. All tutorials are also conducted under close academic supervision. Students have uninterrupted access to course information, library and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable industry experience. The OLS manages the whole process; it has a formalised structure, framework and processes, and regulates the entire delivery process in each semester, providing 24-hour access to course information and learning resources.

Other learning resources include:

  • Lecture notes and suggested readings.
  • Sample assignments and case studies.
  • E-Library.
  • EBSCO Library.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases, and includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Admission Requirements

English language entry requirements

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any AQF Level 5 qualification at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: overall band score of 5.5 or higher with no band below 5.0 in writing or speaking; OR
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): Overall score of 65 with a writing section minimum of 21 and speaking 18; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Total score of 169 or over and with no band below 162 in writing and speaking; OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Total score of 169 or over and with no band below 162 in writing and speaking ; OR
PTE Academic Module with a minimum score of 50 with a writing and speaking minimum of 42.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.


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