Diploma in Business Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 316221
CRICOS 099358G

Get your foot in the door

Our one-year Diploma in Business sets you up for understanding and working in the business world. It’s a great introduction to business for students who want to explore the topic before undertaking the full bachelor degree.

The diploma also acts as a recognised qualification should you choose to come out of the Bachelor of Commerce after one year of learning.  

What will you do?

  • Explore principles of marketing, management, business law, accounting and business statistics.
  • Build communication skills for business contexts.
  • Apply your learning to real-world scenarios.
  • Work with researchers and peers in a Small Group Discovery Experience.
  • Benefit from collaborative problem-solving, reflections and online discussions.
  • Develop cultural and ethical awareness.

Where could it take you?

If you want to study further, and successfully pass the diploma, you’ll be guaranteed entry into a range of University of Adelaide business degrees, plus gain credit for the first year. You could also seek employment in entry level business positions, perhaps as a marketing assistant, assistant broker or sales manager.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year.

    For our students who are studying offshore in Semester 2, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 316221
    2019 CSP ATAR 71.95
    2019 CSP IB 25
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2018). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 316221

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 099358G
    Intake February, July and September
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 65
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 24
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 16
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 30
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 5
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 60%
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.2
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 68
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1040
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 6
    Abitur 4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.0
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.56
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate N/A
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 319
    ANU Foundation Studies 55
    Monash Foundation Year 60
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program N/A
    UNSW Foundation Year 6
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program N/A
    Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 51
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program N/A
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score N/A
    SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) 80
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $10,945

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $41,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Administrative Assistant, Marketing Officer, Communications Officer, Personal / Research Officer (Local MP), Project Officer, Editorial Assistant, Wine Marketing

  • Degree Structure

    To qualify for the degree of Diploma in Business, you must complete satisfactorily a program of study not less than 24 units, comprising:
    1. core courses to the value of 21 units
    2. elective courses to the value of 3 units.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Core Courses

    To satisfy the requirements for core courses, you must complete all of the following (total value 21 units):

    To satisfy the requirements for electives, you must complete courses to the value of 3 units from any undergraduate courses offered by the University that are available to you.
  • Further Study

  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 9 Jun 2020