Diploma of Business Studies

Your entry to a bachelor’s degree in business specialising in accounting, finance, economics and more at the University of South Australia.

Key Information


Stage 1:  8 or 12 months

Stage 2:  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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Stage 1: A$27,700 (A$3,462.5 per module)

Stage 2: A$35,200 (A$4,400 per module) 

FEE-Help available

CRICOS code: 088633F

Program overview

Your pathway to the University of South Australia

The Diploma of Business Studies is a two-stage program. The 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.

Students who have completed Year 11, or equivalent, enter Stage 1. Students who have completed Year 12, or equivalent, enter Stage 2 and receive credit for Stage 1. Stage 1 of the Diploma can be completed in as little as 8 months and will gain you direct entry into Stage 2, which is equivalent to the first-year of a bachelor’s degree. 

Completing your Diploma of Business Studies at Eynesbury College will give you direct entrance into the first and second year of a range of bachelor’s degrees at the University of South Australia.

Find out more about Business degree streams on the University of South Australia's website.


Program structure

Required modules (Stage 1)

Students study 8 core modules from the below list:

Program structure

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.

Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Ethics; Forms of Business Ownership; Business Obligations, Ethics & Privacy; Causing Harm; Contracts - Formation; Contracts - Enforceability and Remedies for Breach; Employing Staff and the Principles of Agency; Consumer Protection Law; Competition Law; An Introduction to the Law of Property.

This module will assist students to refine career direction, recognise opportunities to enhance employability, make informed career decisions, develop pre-professional identity and utilise contemporary career planning, development and management strategies.

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 module 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.

Additional information


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

Entry requirements

Second year entry into the University of South Australia

First year entry into the University of South Australia

Progression requirements

Get a head start with a Diploma of Business and gain direct entry into degrees at the University of South Australia. View progression and credit requirements below, as well as the duration of your bachelor’s degree at university, once successfully completing a Diploma of Business at Eynesbury.

SC = Successful Completion

Progression requirement


Courses credited

Duration (years)


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Bachelor of Marketing and Communication




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Bachelor of Business (Legal Studies)



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