Diploma of Business

Your entry to a bachelor’s degree in Business, Commerce, Economics or Finance and Banking at The University of Adelaide.

Key Information


8 or 12 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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A$35,200 (A$4,400 per module) 

FEE-Help available

CRICOS Code: 072820A

Program overview

Your pathway to The University of Adelaide

Successfully completing your Diploma of Business at Eynesbury College will fast-track you into the second year of a bachelor degree in Business, Commerce, Economics or Finance and Banking at The University of Adelaide. Within the university, you can choose from a number of specialist majors. 

Find out more about Business stream degrees on The University of Adelaide’s website.

Program structure

Required modules

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 which sets students up for success in later accounting courses. 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.  

Topics included: Calculus: functions of one variable, differentiation, the definite integral, and techniques of integration. Algebra: Linear equations, matrices, the real vector space determinants, optimisation, applications of linear algebra.

Topics included: Calculus: Differential equations, sequences and series, power series, calculus in two variables. Algebra: Subspaces, rank theorem, linear transformations, orthogonality, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, singular value decomposition, applications of linear algebra.

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 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


Classes run between 9am and 5.30pm on weekdays (Adelaide time zone, ACST). You can expect between 4-6 hours of private study per module, per week. 

Entry requirements 

Students who have completed Australian Year 11, or equivalent, or who are not eligible for entry into the Diploma of Business, may be eligible for the two-stage Diploma of Business Studies Program.

Second year entry into The University of Adelaide

Progression requirements

Successfully complete your Diploma of Business and enter The University of Adelaide with a full year of credit. View the progression requirements and how many courses at The University of Adelaide you will be credited below:

Progression requirementDegreeCourses credited (max. 8)Duration at University (years) 
SCBachelor of Business2^
SCBachelor of Commerce2^
SCBachelor of Economics2^
SCBachelor of Finance and Banking2^

SC = Successful Completion

^Double majors may attract fewer credits and require two and a half years of study.