Diploma of Business Studies

Get a head start on university and start your Diploma of Business Studies after completing Year 11.

Key Information


16 to 24 months

Intake Dates

February, June, October

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Campus Location

Coglin Street Campus

Programs are delivered through a variety of modes, not excluding online studies

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Stage 1: A$26,300

Stage 2: A$33,500

FEE-Help available

CRICOS Code: 088633F

Program overview

Your pathway to Flinders University

The Diploma of Business Studies is a two-stage program for students who have completed Year 11, or equivalent, or who need to complete Stage 1 before entry into the Stage 2 Diploma of Business program. Learn more about the Diploma of Business.

The two-stage program consists of Stage 1 (2 or 3 trimesters) and Stage 2 (a further 2 or 3 trimesters), making a total study period of 4 – 6 trimesters. 

The subject material covered in Stage 2 of the Diploma of Business Studies is exactly the same as what is studied in first year at university, and also the same as the material covered in the One-Year Diploma of Business.

Program structure

Required modules (Stage 1)

Students choose 8 modules from a range of core modules and elective modules. Students will be counselled by Eynesbury academic staff to ensure the electives they choose will meet university requirements.

This module will provide you with a strong base for your future study. You will learn how to undertake academic research and you will use critical thinking to find, study and understand academic sources essential for good grades in your assignments. In addition, you will learn how to acknowledge the sources you use and how to incorporate their content into your written work.

Have you ever wondered how financial statements are created?  Where do those numbers come from and what do they mean?  Why is cash so important for small businesses? Accounting for services unravels this mystery by taking you on a journey through debits and credits, journals and ledgers to the final destination of the financial statements for sole trader businesses operating in the service sector.  This topic is a wonderful starting point for future accounting studies and will get you on the path to success as we explore together accounting and the role it plays in society.

This module is designed to get you thinking about how culture, wherever you are, can impact how you feel, think and act. Because your ‘beliefs’ influence your ‘behaviour’, you will be encouraged to develop, through study, an understanding of people and how they communicate in their various contexts (places) to further understand their culture.

Use word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software to an intermediate level; use the Internet and WWW to an intermediate level; describe the ethical and security issues related to ICT use; explain the use of emerging technologies.

This module considers the nature, role, and structure of business organisations, locally and/or nationally. Students learn the functions, processes, and operations of business. Basic economic and accounting principles are introduced. Economic, ethical, social, and environmental influences that impact on businesses are explored.

This module provides students with an integrated approach to the understanding and application of foundation concepts in the business disciplines of management and leadership, finance, marketing and human resources.

Use fundamental arithmetic processes and concepts; use fundamental concepts in algebra to solve problems; manipulate and interpret functions and their graphs; use financial mathematic applications; use statistical processes and concepts including measures of central tendency and spread, sampling techniques, correlation and presentation of data.

Demonstrate an appreciation for, and understanding of what designers do and how they go about design practice; describe the importance of typography and its use as an effective visual element; demonstrate how to use multiple software applications to publish a variety of material suitable for print and electronic media; create and assess the presentation of information in both print and electronic media.

The Python language is easy to learn and is used throughout the world for learning to program and in industry. Google, Microsoft and many others use and teach Python. The main topics that we teach in this introductory class are – Algorithms, Data Types, Decisions (IF), Loops (while and for), Strings, Functions and Lists. Python at Stage 1 is a pre-requisite course for Problem Solving & programming in Stage 2.

Required modules (Stage 2)

Students choose 8 modules from a range of core modules and elective modules. Students will be counselled by Eynesbury academic staff to ensure the electives they choose will meet university requirements.

This module introduces students to identifying, recording, and reporting business events and transactions for decision-making. Students will develop an understanding of principles and concepts in the conceptual framework. Students will learn the fundamentals of the double entry accounting system and preparing financial statements alongside the practical aspects of using a computerised accounting system. Specific topics include accounting for inventories, accounts receivable, non-current assets, liabilities and equity.

Business and Society provides an introduction to the relationship between society, business, government, and the not-for-profit sector. It considers the historical and cultural influences on that relationship and the responsibilities of professionals as managers, practitioners, employees and customers. It provides the foundation for future study in the Business School courses.

This module examines firm investment and distribution decisions in the context of a capital market structure and efficiency. Valuation methods are developed for valuing projects and securities. Basic portfolio theory is discussed to develop simple asset pricing models and used for determining the cost of capital for use in investment evaluation. The implications of different financing options (debt and equity) are considered and elementary capital structure theorems are presented, in relation to which the dividend decisions are analysed. The question of market efficiency is considered and its implications for trading strategies are discussed.

Introduction to the concepts of employability and career planning/management; knowledge and tools to enhance career decision-making through exploration of self, the world of work, recruitment and selection methods, and career-focused opportunities; development of career self-marketing skills and techniques.

Time value of money: principles of compounding and discounting; financial markets: functions and operations of the financial markets for debt and equity securities; financial instruments: properties, uses and valuation of typical financial instruments: equities, bonds, bills and discount-type instruments; financial institutions: operations and role of banks and managed/superannuation funds: bank regulations; risk and financial instruments: identifying and describing risks.

Introduction to contemporary management and the four management functions, planning, organising, leading and controlling; the nature of the internal and external environments including culture, diversity and the international dimensions. The nature of decision making, motivation and managing change.

This module introduces students to the role and contribution of Marketing to organisations and enterprises today. Marketing and marketing people are used in, and by, most types of organisations both big and small. The course will cover the main concepts and principles that underlie marketing thinking and practice.

The economic decisions faced by individuals, households, firms and governments; analysis of prices and output determination in the context of markets and incentives; market structures, the strengths and weaknesses of the market mechanism and the role of public policy; business cycles, inflation and unemployment; role of monetary and fiscal policy; trade and the open macroeconomy.

Business Mathematics and Statistics for decision making: time value of money and net present value calculations with applications, working with equations and graphs of straight lines, linear programming, quantitative research principles in collecting, summarising and displaying business data, index numbers, relations in categorical data, measures of association, fitting straight lines, elementary probability concepts, the normal distribution and its business applications, elementary estimation and hypothesis testing, elementary decision making with Excel spreadsheets.

Meet the Program Coordinator


Molly Qu is a committed lecturer and Program Coordinator for Diploma of Business Studies with over 12 years of experience teaching students at pathway providers from various social and cultural backgrounds. Her qualifications include a Master of Project Management and Master of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from The University of Adelaide.

One of her key teaching skills is the use of high-level communication skills to clarify and summarise questions to ensure their meaning is understood, especially by students with non-English speaking backgrounds. Molly is an early adopter of new learning and teaching technologies to promote interactive learning and an engaging environment for students to receive feedback.

Additional information


Online and on-campus classes run between 9am and 5.30pm on weekdays (Adelaide time zone, ACST). Some modules run as 2 x 2-hour classes each week. You can also expect between 4-6 hours of private study per module, per week.

Entry requirements

Second year entry into Flinders University

Progression requirements

Enter the below degrees at Flinders University with a full year of credit from your Eynesbury Diploma of Business:

SC = Successfully Completion