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Diploma of Business Studies

Charles Darwin University
Program overview
1 year
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
March 2022

August 2022
Diploma of Business Studies

Program description

Diploma of Business Studies

The Diploma of Business Studies is designed to reflect general business degree course objectives and build towards the graduate attributes of Charles Darwin University. These attributes describe creative, flexible and socially responsible graduates who are able to acquire, understand and apply concepts and knowledge with a high level of skills in communication, leadership and team work.

The Up Education approach meets this commitment to learning through a focus on students, high quality teaching, strict academic standards and helping students to be well-rounded.

The Diploma of Business Studies has been developed to parallel the existing first year course in business with the added dimensions of Academic English development, increased contact time with staff and focus on linguistic and cultural gaps that will exist for many students in first year units. Successful completion of this course allows you to enter the second year of the following courses at CDU: Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Accounting or the Bachelor of Digital Enterprise.

Admission requirements

Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent) and the awarding of an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 50*.

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

  • IELTS Academic Module: A minimum overall score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0.
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): A minimum overall score of 162, with no skill below 154.
  • Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency: A minimum overall grade of B1.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module: A minimum overall score of 42 with no score lower than 36.
  • TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): A minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum score of 14 for reading, speaking and listening and a minimum score of 21 for writing.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Units

  • Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
  • Cultural Intelligence and Capability
  • Business and Professional Communications
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • Introduction to Business Law
  • Introduction to Management
  • Business Economics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fee: $25,500.00




This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

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Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a sustainable, innovative, creative and inclusive new world university located in northern Australia teaching 24,000 students from more than 55 nationalities across 11 campuses and training centres, in over 100 regional and remote locations; and...

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Why study at Charles Darwin University

High Graduate Salaries

CDU is ranked the number one Australian university for postgraduate employment outcomes.

Leader in Online Learning

CDU is a pioneer in e-learning and has been delivering courses online for almost 20 years. While you are studying online with CDU, you'll be studying with an innovative multi-sector university that is a leader in research and online study delivery.


With small class sizes, lecturers know your name and provide personalised support and advice.


You will receive support from academic staff and the dedicated International Student Support team, who will work with you throughout your studies to ensure your success.


Our main campus in Casuarina is surrounded by nature, with bike paths linking the University to the tropical surrounds, including a beautiful beach a few minutes away. Affordable public transport connects the campus to the Darwin Central Business District (CBD).

Dual-sector university is a pathway for everyone, from VET and undergraduate courses to postgraduate and higher degrees by research.

Contact info

Charles Darwin University

Ellengowan Drive
0810 Darwin

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