Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Business Studies

Courses and Study Australian courses Diploma of Higher Education, majoring in Business Studies

This course provides students with basic skills and knowledge in a range of business-related fields and offers a pathway to degree level study. On successful completion you can graduate with the diploma and receive advanced standing towards selected JCU degree programs including the Bachelor of Business.

Townsville, Cairns, Singapore
Start dates
February, July
1 year full-time
Part time available
Study mode
On campus

Career opportunities

A Diploma of Higher Education is a great pathway if you don’t have the academic entry requirements for your preferred Bachelor degree. It gives you a ‘taste’ of university study and a kick-start to your career.

Course highlights

Diplomas are designed for:

  • People who do not have the academic entry requirements for their preferred course and need a pathway course
  • People who would like to try a ‘taste’ of university study before enrolling in a full degree.

Course overview

The Diploma of Higher Education (Business Studies) is a respected qualification in its own right and students can enjoy all the benefits provided to full degree students.

The course includes core subjects plus elective business subjects from JCU’s wide choice of business study areas.

Core subjects include:

Student also select from a range of elective subjects including:

With successful completion of the diploma, you can continue into a degree program and may receive credit for successfully completed subjects.

How to apply

Check the QTAC information and apply by clicking on the relevant link below depending on where you wish to study.

Take note of the QTAC code for this course in the location you've chosen because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

Townsville (310021) - Apply now
Cairns (320021) - Apply now

OP Score/Rank is representative of 2017 entry requirements and is therefore indicative only. Entry scores for 2018 will be finalised in the major offer round.

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Major Structure

Students will be enrolled in set study plans which will allow them to articulate into their target degree. The study plans will allow for flexible enrolment options, involving a mix of core subjects (including CS1022 and CU1022), selected major and elective subjects. Study Plans can be discussed with the Pathways team.


Select 9 credit points of Business Studies subjects from List 1


Select 9 credit points of Business Studies subjects from List 1 or elective subjects from List 2

List 1 (Business Studies subjects)

BU1804:03 Business, Environment and Society in the Tropics

BU1805:03 Contemporary Business Communications

BU1807:03 Business Data Analysis and Interpretation

BU1808:03 Managing Consumer Markets

BU1812:03 Business Law

BU1902:03 Accounting for Decision Making

BU1903:03 Economics for Sustainable Business

MA1022:03 Essential Maths

List 2 (Elective subjects)

CU1010:03 Effective Writing

CV1200:03 Effective Speaking

MA1020:03 Preparatory Mathematics

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Pathway into course

The Diploma of Higher Education is a one-year course (or two years, part-time) designed to help people who may not meet the academic requirements for entry into a Bachelor degree course. The course is also designed to help students develop the necessary skills to be successful university students.

The Diploma consists of a combination of introductory and first year degree subjects. Successful completion of the Diploma will give you a recognised qualification in its own right.

Graduating with the Diploma will also allow you to enter many JCU Bachelor degree programs and may give you credit, for some of the subjects you successfully complete.

Contact pathways@jcu.edu.au, if you have any questions or call Anne Chatelain (07) 47815740 in Townsville or Gabi Newman (07) 4232 1155 in Cairns.


DipHigherEd – Business Studies Major

Major code


Credit points required

18 credit points for single major

Other details

Important: before you enrol you must speak with a Pathways team member to discuss your study plan.  Please call: Townsville campus 47815740 or Cairns campus 42321155 or Email: pathways@jcu.edu.au

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.