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Associate Degree of Business

2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

About this course

The Associate Degree of Business is a two-year course (full-time or part-time equivalent) that develops knowledge in a range of topics that are relevant to various careers in the private and public business sectors. The topics address core business and tourism principles such as accounting, communication in organisations, economics, marketing and tourism.

The Associate degree enables eligible graduates to progress on to the Southern Cross University business and tourism degrees to enhance their career opportunities. Graduates of the Associate degree can complete their Bachelor degree with just one year of additional full-time study (or part-time equivalent).

The Associate Degree of Business is offered through SCU College.

All SCU College students are offered extra support through College Connect while undertaking this Associate degree.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the Associate Degree of Business are suited to careers in the private and public business sectors across a range of industries and in fields such as general business, marketing, management, retail, tourism and business services. Graduates who proceed to one of the pathway Bachelor degrees will gain further specialised knowledge and skills and be suited to a range of careers within the industry based on their study discipline and areas of focus.

Major areas of study

The course covers a broad range of business topics such as business language and organisational communication through to accounting, marketing principles, statistics, technology for business, ethics and sustainability. Students can also select to focus on an area of their interest for part of the course including accounting, finance, human resource management, international business, information systems, marketing, or digital marketing.

Assessment methods

Assessment tasks vary from unit to unit and can include essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations. Assessment items are in accordance with learning outcomes and designed to ensure that all the graduate attributes are assessed throughout the course. The performance criteria, grading standards and due dates for assessment tasks are included in each Unit Information Guide. Students receive timely feedback on their assessment submissions.

Teaching methods

On-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

The distance education study option is highly interactive and strives to promote collaboration and a sense of community. Students may receive online pre-recorded and/or live lectures, electronic study materials, workshops, online discussion forums and virtual classes. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit.

Advanced standing

Your previous learning experiences relevant to one or more units in this course may help you cut months or years off your degree.

  • Recognition of formal and non-formal learning
    Credit may be awarded to a student for formal learning (gained through full or partial achievement of an accredited qualification or course) or non-formal learning (that takes place through a non-accredited course or program of learning) completed at Southern Cross University or in other learning settings in Australia and/or overseas.

To help you identify how much credit you may receive for your related prior learning, the University has evaluated the learning within some Australian and overseas qualifications/courses, visit SCU Pathways. If your previous study or educational institution is not listed, we still encourage you to apply for advanced standing because you might still be eligible.

An application for advanced standing must be submitted so we can assess your prior learning. Please apply for advanced standing at the same time as you apply for admission into this course, because the amount of credit awarded will determine the sequence of units you will study.

 Go to course structure to see if specific advanced standing rules also apply to this course.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based program Blackboard Collaborate delivers advanced on-line learning environments for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces and classrooms. They can share files, presentations, and applications. If the session is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and books of readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed textbooks.

College Connect offers extra support for all students undertaking a SCU College Bachelor degree, Associate degree or Diploma.

The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.

The academic skills team supports student learning by offering online and on-campus academic skills workshops, email, phone, and one-on-one support.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Admission requirements

International applicants for admission to candidature to the Associate Degree of Business or the Diploma of Business must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or equivalent) with a minimum overall score of 5.5 and a minimum score of 5.0 in each subtest (or equivalent).

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for an Associate Degree of Business a candidate shall successfully complete sixteen (16) units (192 credit points) comprising:
    1. all three (3) units from Part A; and
    2. all six (6) units from Part B; and
    3. seven units (7) from Part C
  2. A candidate who while enrolled in the Associate Degree of Business has completed the equivalent of eight (8) units (96 credit points) from Part A and Part B or C may elect to be awarded a Diploma of Business following withdrawal from candidature for the Associate Degree of Business.

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students


On-campus applications for this course are made through the NSW Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) or Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Distance education (external)

Applications for this course to study by distance education are made directly to SCU via our online application service.

International students


Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Apply OnlineSouthern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form or via our online application services.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International.

Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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