Graduate Certificate in Business

Graduate Certificate in Business 106808A

Key Facts

CRICOS Course Code 106808A
Course Id CRS1401070
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Upon successful completion, the award conferred is recognised in the AQF at Level 8
Full Time 6 Months (1 Semesters)
Part Time 1 years (Domestic students only – see below) (2 Semesters)
Units 4
Credit points 24 credit points
Campus Location Level 16, 233 Castlereagh Street, Sydney 2000
English Language Requirements  IELTS 6.5 overall with no band less than 6.0
Delivery mode Blended: on-campus face-to-face with some online content and activities
Outcome Graduate Certificate in Business
Pathways post completion This Degree upon successful completion will meet AQF requirements of an AQF level 8 that would allow a pathway to postgraduate studies including Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree.
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 Graduate Certificate in Business is the generalist post graduate qualification of our age, opening job opportunities in a wide range of businesses.

Graduates with a Graduate Certificate in Business are ready for many different positions in business. The Graduate Certificate gives you the business skills to commence your para-professional career in assisting in the engagement of clients.

Graduates will be prepared for success in contemporary organisations and prepared to take on the industry’s trends, responsibilities, needs and opportunities.

Course Learning Outcomes

GC1 Critically evaluate a range of core concepts and theories of organisations and their management
GC2 Analyse information and be able to review and effectively communicate in a business context
GC3 Apply concepts, theories, and experience to business problems and propose sustainable solutions demonstrating initiative, ethics and social responsibility
GC4 Develop awareness into the management of people and potential leadership development
GC5 Communicate professionally and proficiently to business and non-business audiences

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.

Accreditation

The Graduate Certificate in Business is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

International Student Duration

The CRICOS-registered duration is 26 weeks or 6 months of full-time study (1 semester). Please note 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 6 months full-time or 1 year part-time.

Course Structure and Course Progression Rules

The Graduate Certificate in Business is made up of 4 core units with no electives. The below table indicates the course progression rules and pre-requisite unit requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business.

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

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME PRE-REQUISITES
YEAR 1-SEMESTER 1
1 ACC500 Business Decision Making  NIL
1 BUS500 Business and Management in Context  NIL
1 ECO500 Economics for Managers  NIL
1 LAW500 Business Law  NIL

Please Note

  • The program is available each intake but note that some units of study are subject to quotas and minimum enrolment requirements.
  • Not all units of study are available every semester, and changes in course structure occur from time to time.

Device Specifications

Postgraduate 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 Delivered partially on campus and partially online
Face to Face This is delivered at level 16, 233 Castlereagh street Sydney

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

To obtain a Graduate Certificate in Business, candidates are required to successfully complete all 4 units. Not all units are offered each semester.

Career Outcomes

  • Executive assistant
  • Business para-professional roles
  • Project/Operations Assistant

Entry Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Business

  1. a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Institute; or
  2. a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, which includes at least three years’ management experience, or significant technical experience, as determined by the Institute.
  3. satisfaction of the English language proficiency requirements; and
  4. any other minimum standards specified by the Business School.

International Students

Must satisfy the English Language Requirements.

AND

  1. a pass bachelor’s degree or higher qualification (or equivalent) at an institution approved by the Business School and graded at a standard acceptable to the Institute; or
  2. a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, which includes at least three years’ management experience, or significant technical experience, as determined by the Institute.
  3. satisfaction of the English language proficiency requirements; and
  4. any other minimum standards specified by the Business School.

Special/Alternative Admission Arrangements

In exceptional circumstances the Institute may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the Institute, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. These may include:

  1. a minimum of five years’ relevant work experience, which includes at least three years’ management experience, or significant technical experience
  2. completion of an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (AQF Level 6) or learning equivalent to an AQF Level 6 qualification and at least three years’ relevant work experience
  3. completion of the Graduate Certificate stage at PIA (or equivalent at a recognised HEP or University)
  4. any other entry pathway where PIA can demonstrate that the candidate has the appropriate English language proficiency, academic knowledge and acumen to successfully complete the course in which they enrol.

The processes used to monitor the progress of students enrolled under special/alternative arrangements include:

  • monitoring of the student’s progress by the Learning and Teaching Committee at the conclusion of each term in the first year of the student’s enrolment; and
  • a “Review of Student Progress” meeting between the student and the Learning and Teaching Committee at the conclusion of the first semester of the student’s enrolment to review both the academic progression and student welfare.

Language Requirements

As well as meeting the admissions criteria set out above, all international candidates must meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements. Candidates must provide certified documentation that they meet the minimum English language proficiency requirements.

Below are the minimum requirements which must be demonstrated for entry into the postgraduate courses

TEST OVERALL READING WRITING LISTENING SPEAKING
IELTS Academic 6.5 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
TOEFL iBT 85 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

PIA may consider applicants who have successfully completed at least one full year of a higher education course (AQF Level 7 or above) at an Australian higher education provider within the last 2 years. PIA may also consider applicants who have successfully completed at least one full year of a Vocational Education and Training course (AQF Level 8 or above) at an Australian Registered Training Organisation within the last 2 years.

All evidence provided and test results must have been officially obtained within two years of the proposed commencement date for the course.

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

Ph: (+612) 8319 8202

Email: info@pia.edu.au