CDU International College

Diploma of Business Studies

Completion of this program allows direct entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Business, the Bachelor of Digital Enterprise or the Bachelor of Accounting

Overview

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.

CDU Accounting degrees are CPA-accredited – successful completion allows graduates to apply for membership of CPA Australia, and Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

A candidate must successfully complete 8 units totalling 80 credit points (cp) over two semesters (4 units each semester) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points.

All units are scheduled for six contact hours per week over a 12 week teaching semester.

Subjects

Core Units (7 units): totalling 70 credit points as detailed below

  • IDC101 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
  • IDC102 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
  • IDC103 Business and Professional Communications
  • IDB101 Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • IDB102 Introduction to Business Law
  • IDB103 Introduction to Management
  • IDB104 Business Economics
 

Specialist Elective Units (1 unit): totalling 10 credit points selected from the units listed below.

  • IDA101 Introduction to Accounting (required for Accounting stream)
  • IDM101 Fundamentals of Marketing (required for Business stream)
 
Total Credit Points: 80cp

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $26,520.

These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

 

2023 Pathway Scholarships

Scholarships of up to 20% tuition fee are available for pathway programs (excluding Masters Preparation Program).

No application is required as applicants are automatically assessed after submitting their application to a course within the CDU International College. The scholarships are for all pathway applicants from all regions.

CDU also offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

Students commencing in Semester 1 (2023)

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard full time load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Calendar Year 1 (2023)
IDC101 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CO IDC102 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CO    
IDC103 Business and Professional Communications CO IDB102 Introduction to Business Law CO    
IDB101 Quantitative Analysis for Business CO IDB104 Business Economics CO    
IDB103 Introduction to Management CO One Specialist unit chosen from:
IDA101 Introduction to Accounting (specialist to Accounting) or
IDM101 Fundamentals of Marketing (specialist to Business)
SE    


Students commencing in Semester 2 (2023)

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard full time load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Summer Semester
Calendar Year 1 (2023)
    IDC102 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CO IDC101 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CO
    IDB102 Introduction to Business Law CO IDC103 Business and Professional Communications CO
    IDB104 Business Economics CO IDB101 Quantitative Analysis for Business CO
    One Specialist unit chosen from:
IDA101 Introduction to Accounting (specialist to Accounting) or
IDM101 Fundamentals of Marketing (specialist to Business)
SE IDB103 Introduction to Management CO


Students commencing in Summer Semester 2023/2024

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard full time load.

Legend: CO = Core Unit SE = Specialist Elective
Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 (Summer)
Calendar Year 1 (2023)
        IDC101 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability CO
        IDC103 Business and Professional Communications CO
        IDB101 Quantitative Analysis for Business CO
        IDB103 Introduction to Management CO
Calendar Year 2 (2024)
IDC102 Cultural Intelligence and Capability CO                                                                  
IDB102 Introduction to Business Law CO        
IDB104 Business Economics CO        
One Specialist unit chosen from:
IDA101 Introduction to Accounting (specialist to Accounting) or
IDM101 Fundamentals of Marketing (specialist to Business)
SE        
 
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*.

* After any applicable adjustment factors have been applied.


English language requirements:

To gain entry into CDU International College, all applicants must satisfy the 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.

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 (CEFR) 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.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU International College, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.


Academic entry requirements by country

A full list of academic entry requirements for our Diploma in Business Studies can be found on our Entry Requirements page.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

Degree progressions from Diploma of Business Studies

To successfully complete the program, a student must pass all units with a grade of 50% or higher.
 
Successful completion of this program allows for direct entry into the second year of the below bachelor courses