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Diploma of Business

Diploma of Business 093284B

Key Facts

CRICOS Course Code 093284B
Course Id CRS1400300
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Upon successful completion, the award conferred is recognised in the AQF at Level 5
Full Time 1 year (2 Semesters)
Part Time 2 years (Domestic students only – see below) (4 Semesters)
Units 8
Credit points 80 credit points
Campus Location Level 16, 233 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000

Level 1, West, 237 Ryrie Street, Geelong Victoria 3220

English Language Requirements  IELTS 6.0 overall with no band less than 6.0
Delivery mode Blended: on-campus face-to-face with some online content and activities
Outcome Diploma of Business
Pathways post completion This Degree upon successful completion will meet AQF requirements of an AQF level 5 that would allow a pathway to further undergraduate studies.
Financing Options This course is offered as a Fee for service course and is available to both Domestic and International Students.
Intakes PIA accepts intakes each semester into this Degree

Course Description

The Diploma of Business prepares students for a career in accounting and related financial aspects of business. The degree runs over two (2) semesters that each run for thirteen (13) weeks based on a full-time study load of four (4) units per semester with an overall requirement of 80 credit points.

The Diploma of Business opens the door to job opportunities in a wide range of businesses and further study, all around the world.

Graduates with a Diploma of Business are ready for business and on a path to rewarding professional careers.

Course Learning Outcomes

CLO1 Identify, analyse, and synthesise theoretical knowledge in the discipline area of business
CLO2 Examine a complex problem or management requirements using appropriate methodologies and theories from the discipline area of business
CLO3 Analyse and synthesise ideas and theories from other disciplines related to the discipline area of business
CLO 4 Communicate effectively and creatively ideas and perspectives to peers and general audiences in diverse contexts
CLO 5 Work independently, responsibly and with the level expected in a broad range of professional and business contexts
CLO 6 Collaborate in team projects to make a positive contribution toward social issues

Graduate Attributes

GA1 Communicate effectively in a diverse range of professional or community context
GA 2 Complete work tasks and assignments independently or as an effective member of multidisciplinary teams
GA 3 Engage in and value life-long learning leading to the enhancement of professional knowledge and skills
GA 4 Are information and technology literate
GA 5 Respond appropriately to a changing workforces, cultures and values reflecting a global work environment
GA 6 Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making abilities essential to contributing soundly to the resolution of issues confronting organisations
GA 7 Facilitate intellectual curiosity
GA 8 Act in an ethical manner in all aspects of professional life.


The Diploma of Business is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

International Student Duration

The CRICOS-registered duration is 1 year of full-time study (2 trimesters). The part time mode is not available to a holder of a student visa who is  not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand, or who is not an Australian permanent resident, or who is a temporary resident of Australia.

Domestic Student Duration

For domestic students the course is 2 trimesters full-time and 4 semesters part-time.

Course Structure and Course Progression Rules

The Diploma of Business is made up of 8 core units with no electives. The below table indicates the course progression rules and pre-requisite unit requirements for the Diploma of Business.

It is expected that students complete the units in the list below as sequenced list in each of the allocated respective years.

  ACC100 Principles of Accounting
MGT100 Introduction to Management
STT100 Statistics for Business
ICT100  Information Management Systems ACC100 Principles of Accounting
ECO100 Economics for Business
GBU100 Professional Business Communication
LAW100 Business Law
MKT100 Marketing Practice

Device Specifications

Business Degrees
Operating system Windows 10, 11
  Mac OS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, or 10.15 Catalina
 Browser Safari, Chrome, and Firefox – current version
  Microsoft Edge – latest version
Internet Explorer – current or immediately previous version
Computer and processor 1 GHZ or faster x86 or 64-bit processor with SSE2 instruction set
Memory 8 GB RAM (64-bit)
Disk space Minimum 500 gigabytes (GB)
Monitor resolution 1024 x 768

Delivery Method

Type Explanation
Blended Blended: on-campus face-to-face with some online content and activities
The campus delivered location is level 16, 233 Castlereagh Street Sydney or
Level 1, West, 237 Ryrie Street, Geelong Victoria 3220

Assessment Methods

The Institute uses authentic assessment principles that may include practical exercises, case studies, presentations, reports, online simulations, essays, and examinations. These may include being done under invigilation.

Exit and Career Outcomes

Exit Outcomes

In order to obtain a Diploma of Business all candidates are required to successfully complete all 8 units. Not all units are offered each semester.

Career Outcomes

Young people with business qualifications get work in almost every industry, improving businesses and advancing their own careers.

Graduates can gain employment in accounting practices, medium and large corporations, the public sector and not-for-profit organisations. The course opens the way for employment in:

  • Business
  • Accounting
  • Marketing

Entry Requirements

  • Successful completion of an Australian senior secondary qualification (or recognised equivalent) with the equivalent of a minimum Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 60 and
    • NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard English; and
    • NSW (or equivalent) Band 3 Advanced Mathematics; or
    • NSW (or equivalent) Band 4 Standard 2 Mathematics.
  • An equivalent secondary qualification overseas that also meets the mathematics requirement above; or
  • An accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an accredited Australian provider that also meets the mathematics requirement above; or
  • One year of completed accredited full-time study at a registered institution of tertiary education at AQF level 5 or above that also meets the mathematics requirement above.

International Students

  • Students who have not completed an Australian Year 12 qualification may be admitted into the program through the flexible entry mode.
    • An equivalent secondary qualification overseas; or
    • An accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university; or
    • One year of successful full-time study in an accredited course at a university or other higher education provider; or
    • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian university

Special/Alternative Admission Arrangements

Applicants who are 21 years of age or over who have not completed Year 12, or its equivalent may gain entry to a course by addressing one of the following entry requirements:

  1. Successful completion of a Special Tertiary Admissions Test administered by a tertiary admissions centre; or
  2. Submission of a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work; or

Applicants applying under special admission categories will be required to attend an interview with the Dean to assess the applicant’s capacity for higher education studies. The applicant should submit a portfolio of prior and current academic and professional work prior to the interview to assist in the assessment process.

The criteria used by the Dean when approving applicants for admission into a course under special or alternative admission arrangements include:

  • capacity to pursue tertiary studies;
  • motivation to pursue tertiary studies in the discipline of the chosen course;
  • demonstrated potential for academic studies based on the applicant’s portfolio;
  • relevant professional and industry experience; and
  • specific consideration of access issues for ATSI’s.


Language Requirements

Students whose first language is not English, must demonstrate competency in the English language. English proficiency can be demonstrated by providing certified evidence of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test result (or equivalent alternative test result, as follows), issued no more than two (2) years prior to date of application:

IELTS Academic 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 83 13 21 12 18
PTE Academic 58 50 50 50 50
C1A 180 169 169 169 169
C2P 180 169 169 169 169
OET C+ C+ C/C+ C/C+
KITE B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450) B2 (>450)
Duolingo* 115 110 110 110 110

* Under trial

Note that the most recent attempt at any language proficiency test supersedes any previous attempts (irrespective of those test results) or requirements.

English Language Test results are valid for two years from the date of the results up to the date of commencement at the Institute. The most recent test supersedes ALL previous tests.

Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

Successful completion of an AQF Level 5 Diploma or above with at least one (1) year of full-time study in English at an Australian registered vocational or higher education.

Applicants who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements must enrol in an English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) program at PIA or a provider of their own choice.

Where student have applied to undertake an ELICOS course through an alternate provider they must provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for an ELICOS program in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), for a duration of at least twelve (12) weeks for every 0.5 below 6.0 overall or subsection IELTS or equivalent result, prior to application, and evidence of successful completion must be provided prior to enrolling in the PIA course.

Attendance Requirements

The Institute has enforceable requirements in relation to attendance. Further details are provided at Item 20 of the Terms and Conditions.

Advance Standing

Granting credit for prior learning ensures that students commence study at a level that appropriately recognises their prior learning experiences and are not required to repeat equivalent learning successfully undertaken in another context. Process for applying for Advance Standing (credit) can be found in the Advanced Standing Policy and Procedure

Further Information

For further information please contact:

Polytechnic Institute Australia Pty Ltd

CRICOS: 03535M

TEQSA provider number: PRV14049

ABN: 34 145 333 795

Head office and postal address

Level 16, 233 Castlereagh St Sydney NSW 2000

Level 1, West, 237 Ryrie Street, Geelong Victoria 3220

Ph: (+612) 8319 8202


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