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Diploma of Business (Higher Education)

For guaranteed entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Business and higher education, complete our globally recognised Diploma of Business (Higher Education) and gain real world knowledge to tackle common problems faced by businesses. You’ll benefit from smaller class sizes and more one on one time with teachers.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - SMB
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Ballarat - SMB
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Semester 2
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This course may be on offer at a partner institution.

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
(120 credit points = 1.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR
This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 45<

The Diploma of Business (Higher Education) is a contemporary pathway of study developed in collaboration with industry and designed to meet the needs of businesses now and into the future.  As markets change, businesses face the need to adapt to take advantage of new opportunities that stem from new technologies and markets. There has never been a more exciting time to study business! 
Within this course students are in smaller classes sizes offering individual learning opportunities through more one-on-one time with teachers.  
The Diploma of Business (Higher Education) sees students’ progress through two stages. During stage one, students study management, creativity, innovation, marketing and contemporary business.  In stage two students study accounting, economics, statistics and fundamentals of law.  These subjects give students a solid grasp of business content in smaller, specialised classes with additional English support services. 
At the conclusion of stage two, graduates may continue to study at Federation University jumping straight into the second year of a Bachelor of Business.  

  • Accountant
  • Banker
  • Business analyst
  • Business director
  • Business manager
  • Change management consultant
  • Corporate finance
  • Digital business strategist
  • Digital transformation consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Financial Analyst
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing manager
  • Strategic planner
  • Tourism manager
  • Tourism consultant
  • Hospitality manager
  • Function manager

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course.  Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes.  To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual course structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current unit information and cost, click on the individual unit name below, or click here to view current unit information and cost for ALL units.

Year 1

Semester 1

GPENT1501, 15 credit points
GPMGT1501, 15 credit points
GPMGT1502, 15 credit points
GPMKT1501, 15 credit points

Semester 2

GPACC1508, 15 credit points
GPECO1509, 15 credit points
GPGEN1502, 15 credit points
GPLAW1502, 15 credit points

Contact hours can vary depending on requirements, however typical contact hours for full-time study are around 25-30 hours comprising of on-campus classes, online learning and self-directed study.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Year 12 entry: Successful completion of a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or it's equivalent, such as an interstate or International Year 12 qualification. VCE pre-requisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 20 in any English or English (EAL). Non-Year 12 entry: Provision for entry may exist through other pathways including mature age, other special provisions, or recognition of prior learning. 

Entry requirements (non year 12)

Completion  or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including  certificates, Diplomas, Advanced Diplomas, Associate Degrees, and  Degrees).

English language requirement

IELTS score of 5.5 with no band less than 5.0. The completion of a Year 12 or equivalent. Provision for entry may exist through other means including mature age, other special provisions, or recognition of prior learning.

Extra requirements

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700511821 (Mt Helen), 3700611821 (SMB), 3701811821 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: GB1

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$16,323 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Bridging courses
The Foundation Studies program (GFO) provides an alternative entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university. On successful completion of the Foundation Studies Program, students will achieve guaranteed entry into the Diploma of Business (Higher Education).
As an indication, credit agreements negotiated between issuing organisations for credit towards higher level AQF qualifications in the same or a related discipline, having taken into account 2.1.9, should use the following as the basis of negotiations:
• 50% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 3-year Bachelor Degree
• 37.5% credit for an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree linked to a 4-year Bachelor Degree
• 33% credit for a Diploma linked to a 3-year Bachelor Degree
• 25% credit for a Diploma linked to a 4-year Bachelor Degree.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.  You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per unit, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Global Professional School

Course co-ordinator

Jason Rogers