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Diploma in Business

  • Qualification:


  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    1 year full-time; up to 4 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

Commence your business career with the Diploma in Business from the University of New England (UNE). Whether you picture yourself brokering international deals, crunching numbers, or consulting with not-for-profits about efficiency and business management, this course is the way to get started.

With a strong focus on real-life experience - using real business case studies and contemporary research, and drawing on industry experts - this course equips you with the analytical and strategic skills to make real decisions in the fast-paced world of business.

With the opportunity to study eight units from the Bachelor of Business, this course gives you a solid foundation in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and organisational development, equipping you with industry-ready skills suitable for a wide variety of workplaces. You'll land on your feet, ready to make and lead decision-making processes to meet business challenges.

This course offers the option to study a major in Indigenous Organisational Development, which has been specially designed for those employed or associated with an Indigenous organisation. With a focus on leadership, people management and cultural context, this major equips students to work in or consult to Indigenous organisations in an appropriate, engaged, and mutually beneficial way.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Have completed an overseas secondary or tertiary qualification/s deemed equivalent; OR
  • Have completed, or part-completed, an approved Australian post-secondary or tertiary qualification; OR
  • Have completed an approved admission scheme or pathway; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements of an approved inter-institution agreement; OR
  • Obtained other equivalent qualifications and/or vocational experience; OR
  • Satisfied the requirements for non-standard admission.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this business course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Introductory microeconomics
  • Personal skills for the workplace
  • Fundamentals of marketing
  • Business statistics

Indigenous Organisation Management major:

  • Indigeneity: a global experience
  • Managing people and organisations
  • Introductory finance
  • Indigenous business and community development
  • Indigenous peoples and colonisation: land and nature
  • Human resource management
  • Working with Aboriginal people
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Diploma in Business from the University of New England.

Graduates will complete this course with the critical thinking, business management, communication, and creative thinking skills necessary to succeed in the business world. With a well-rounded skills base, you will be able to seek employment in a wide range of public and private sector roles.

Students will also earn advanced standing towards the Bachelor of Business, and can continue to study after course completion.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in business could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Accountant
  • Office Administrator
  • Management Consultant
  • Team Leader
  • Secretary
  • Marketing Officer
  • Business Development Manager
  • Department Manager
  • Project Consultant
  • Business Coordinator

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for HECS-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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