Undergraduate Certificate in Business



Course Summary

This short course is a pathway to further study at Southern Cross University and then into a range of business and tourism professions. It aims to prepare you for bachelor level studies in Business and Tourism. It combines developmental College units with introductory Business and Tourism units from relevant Bachelor programs.

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Units of study


EDUC1001 - Language and Learning in your Discipline

Introduces students to learning skills for university study, communication skills, and reading and writing conventions within university discipline focused study. Students will develop understanding of, and skills in, digital literacies within SCU environment, a variety of academic writing genres relevant to their discipline of study, and principles and application of academic integrity.

MATH1003 - Quantitative Methods with Economics

Introduces students to and develops skills in the quantitative tools, concepts and skills required in a business degree. To reinforce student learning the use of these quantitative tools and skills to solve problems from economics and business is emphasised. A spreadsheet package will be used to solve and communicate quantitative problems and concepts.

COMM1001 - Communication in Organisations

Introduces students to communication theories and concepts applicable in a business and academic setting. Students will also gain an understanding of the role and importance of interpersonal communication within organisations.

Elective Units (Choose one unit from the following):

TOUR1001 Tourism Theories and Practices

Explains foundation tourism theories, in particular whole tourism systems, and applies these theories to practical contexts in tourism and hospitality industries. Important academic skills related to sustainable tourism, critical thinking, information literacy and essay writing are embedded in the curriculum.

ECON1001 Economics for Decision Making

This unit introduces students to an understanding of price formation and market structures, the tools of economic analysis, the behaviour of the consumer, government and the firm and the external and internal forces influencing that behaviour, especially in the current Australian economic environment.

Key Information
Start Date

2 February 2022 (Orientation and Induction)
7 March 2022 (Studies commence)


6 months, fulltime
12 months part-time


Gold Coast, Online. See each unit link for sessions and locations.

Domestic Fees

This is a Commonwealth-Supported course. 

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International students
International tuition fee

$13,400 (2021)

How to apply

Complete the International Application for Admission form with all supporting documents:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Proof of English Language proficiency

Send your completed documentation to intapps@scu.edu.au

Career Opportunities

This will give you broad skills and knowledge in foundation literacy and numeracy skills and an introduction to business and tourism disciplines with an opportunity to take on further study to move towards careers in a variety of entry level management positions in business and tourism operations.


Admission Criteria

ATAR 40; OR Certificate III or above; OR one year of paid work experience or equivalent.

Advanced standing

Successful completion of this course will guarantee entry and four units of credit towards the Diploma of Business. Upon successful completion of the additional four units in the Diploma, students will have guaranteed entry and up to one year of advanced standing toward a Bachelor of Business and Enterprise.

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