Diploma in Business

Why study the Diploma in Business at UNE?

Our Diploma in Business is not just a qualification; it will help you navigate the world of business across a range of industries and occupations. You will develop skills in creative thinking and critical analysis, communication and business decision making. You will be able to develop and lead ethical, social and environmental solutions to meet business challenges.

You will study 8 units from the Bachelor of Business, chosen to give you a solid foundation in accounting, economics, finance, organisational development, and marketing.

We use real business case studies to analyse business data, strategy and management practices. Our units use current business research and industry experts to understand regional and global business trends. We value what you already know about the world of business and through our program of study help you to take your learning beyond the University into your chosen career.

There is also the option to complete a major in Indigenous Organisation Management, which has been specially designed for those employed or associated with an Indigenous organisation. The units in the Diploma have been based on areas identified as being fundamental to the diverse operational aspects of Indigenous organisations - e.g. financial accountability, business law, management, group dynamics and leadership skills.

Pathway: If you complete the Diploma in Business, you can progress into the Bachelor of Business and receive advanced standing for all units completed in the Diploma.

Career Opportunities

You will graduate from a Diploma in Business as a flexible, all-rounder - your career pathway may include small and large business management; administration or management; Indigenous organisation management; banking; government agencies; human resources; project management; entrepreneur; or business consulting.

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Degree Snapshot


1 Year Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time


CSP (quotas apply)


Trimester 1, Off Campus
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Off Campus
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Off Campus

Official Abbreviation DipBus
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 061360D
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Off Campus
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / International
Total Credit Points 48
Intensive Schools

Intensive mandatory schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Academic Colours

Peacock Blue (BCC 120)

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These course rules & plans are ONLY to be used if you commenced, transferred or changed versions in the Diploma in Business in 2016.

Admission to Candidature

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and the Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Period of Candidature

The period of candidature shall be:
(a) one year as a full-time candidate;
(b) up to four years as a part-time candidate.

Course Requirements

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 48 credit points.

Program of Study

Candidates shall complete an approved program of study as outlined in the Course Schedule comprising:

Course Structure Credit Points
Either a Major in Indigenous Organisation Management 48 cps
Or the Core Units 48 cps
Total 48 cps

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Approved Majors

Indigenous Organisation Management

Award of Degree

Candidates who meet the course requirements shall be awarded the Diploma in Business.


Candidates are referred to the Academic Assessment Appeals Policy and the Academic Assessment Appeals Procedures.

Improper Conduct

Candidates are referred to the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules and the Student Coursework Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism Rules - Plagiarism Investigation and Penalty Guidelines.

Course Aims

The Diploma in Business aims to create professionals with a basic understanding of the core business fields of accounting, economics, finance, organisational development, management and marketing needed for organisational performance.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate technical and theoretical knowledge to administer finances and analyse the profitability of an enterprise;
  2. carry out business planning for an enterprise, based on a knowledge of financial procedures and reports, industry benchmarks and best practices and market requirements;
  3. apply business communication skills, reflect on the effectiveness of communication and draw on a range of communication strategies;
  4. develop a marketing plan to meet customer requirements and enterprise profitability targets; and
  5. apply decision-making for an enterprise to contribute to economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Students will be able to transfer and apply theoretical business concepts in a range of situations.

Communication Skills

Students are required to demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively, to transfer knowledge and specialised skills to express ideas and perspectives.

Global Perspectives

Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of the challenges of operating in a global economy.

Information Literacy

Students are required to recognise the contribution of the work of others to their own work; reference the use of others' work accurately; and access and use a number of diverse literature resources.

Life-Long Learning

The unit outcomes comprising the course are relevant both professionally and personally on an ongoing basis.

Problem Solving

Students are required to perform complex technical operations with responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad parameters for quantity and quality; and to be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts.

Social Responsibility

Students are required to demonstrate an understanding and application of characteristics of professional conduct, integrity and ethics for managers; and demonstrate an understanding of and the application of social responsibility actions in strategic decision-making.

Team Work

Students are expected to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary group to achieve common goals and to solve problems, to contribute specialist knowledge as required and to take responsibility and initiative to contribute to group performance.

How to Apply

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International Students

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