Diploma of Business

Get a head start in your business career.

Key Information


2 trimesters (8 months)
3 trimesters (12 months)


Trimester 1, 2, 3


Mount Gravatt Campus (Brisbane)
Gold Coast Campus (Southport)

CRICOS 109014M


Domestic Students

2023 Tuition Fees: A$22,250
2024 Tuition Fees: A$23,600

2023-24 Non-Tuition Fees:
Refer to Incidental Fees



International Students

2023 Tuition Fees: A$31,000
2024 Tuition Fees: A$33,500

2023-24 Non-Tuition Fees:
Refer to Incidental Fees

Diploma of Business

Unlock your potential in the dynamic and ever-expanding world of business.

Whether you have ambitions of starting your own business, or climbing the career ladder in a large organisation, the Diploma of Business will give you the fundamental business and leadership skills to progress.

On graduation, you will be able to take your pick from Queensland’s widest range of business majors, including Financial Planning, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Event Management and Real Estate and Property Development.

Pathways to a Griffith University Degree

QTAC codeDegree codeProgramCampusCredit granted*
083081 / 0810811632Bachelor of BusinessGold Coast / Nathan80 CP
081610 / 0816001633Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours)Gold Coast / Nathan80 CP
081111 / 0810411408Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel ManagementGold Coast / Nathan70 CP
082231 / 0822301655Bachelor of Advanced International Tourism and Hotel Management (Honours)Gold Coast / Nathan80 CP
0810211367Bachelor of Aviation ManagementNathan50 CP
083382/ 0833831608Bachelor of Communication and Journalism/Bachelor of BusinessGold Coast / Nathan60 CP
081510/ 0815001568Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of BusinessGold Coast / Nathan / South Bank60 CP
0810311664Bachelor of Political Science and International RelationsNathan60 CP
081630 / 0816201665Bachelor of Advanced Political Science and International Relations (Honours)Gold Coast / Nathan60 CP
N/A1619Bachelor of Laws (Honours)Gold Coast / Nathan40 CP

Students will progress to their bachelor degree upon completion of their Griffith College diploma with a GPA equivalent to Griffith University’s admission rank requirement for entry to the bachelor program. Contact Griffith College for GPA to rank equivalencies. Diploma students who do not meet the progression requirements for their pathway to Griffith University can apply for a place in their preferred degree via QTAC, and be considered along with other external applicants subject to QTAC admissions requirements and processes.

*80 credit points is equivalent to one year of full-time study. Completion of degrees where students obtain less than 80 credit points of advanced standing in the degree, may take additional time.

Degree codeProgramCampusCredit granted*Min. GPA requirements†
1632Bachelor of BusinessGold Coast / Nathan80 CP4
1408Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel ManagementGold Coast / Nathan70 CP4
1367Bachelor of Aviation ManagementNathan40/50 CP‡4
1608Bachelor of Communication and Journalism/Bachelor of BusinessGold Coast / Nathan60 CP4
1568Bachelor of Design/Bachelor of BusinessGold Coast /
South Bank / Nathan
50/60 CP'4
1664Bachelor of Political Science and International RelationsGold Coast / Nathan60 CP4
1619Bachelor of Laws (Honours)Gold Coast / Nathan40 CP4
1633Bachelor of Advanced Business (Honours)Gold Coast / Nathan80 CP5
1655Bachelor of Advanced International Tourism and Hotel ManagementGold Coast / Nathan80 CP5
1665Bachelor of Advanced Political Science and International Relations (Honours)Gold Coast / Nathan60 CP5
*80 credit points is equivalent to one year of full-time study. Completion of degrees where students obtain less than 80 credit points of advanced standing in the degree, may take additional time.
†International students must achieve the required minimum GPA to progress to their chosen Griffith College bachelor degree.
'The maximum amount of credit awarded is dependent on an individual student’s choice of enrolment to meet degree requirements.
‡Lower amount of credit applied if students are required to undertake language enhancement course (mainly international students unless they have an IELTS 7.0)

Where could this Diploma take me?

With a Diploma of Business from Griffith College, you could start your journey towards one of the careers below:

  • Accounting
  • Stock broking
  • Commercial and taxation law
  • Advertising
  • Industrial relations
  • Human resource management
  • Marketing
  • Public relations
  • Business management
  • Finance
  • International business

Say hello to CJ!

CJ Wang is our Program Convenor for the Diploma of Business.

First Trimester

Sample Program Structure

Students who enter with IELTS <6.0 or equivalent will be required to undertake the free Language Development Modules as part of their program.

The course offers students a broad introduction to the skills involved in acquiring information and in displaying knowledge to others. It includes the basic knowledge and skills required to successfully participate in an undergraduate degree program and to operate effectively in a professional context.

This course introduces students to a perspective of the purpose of business that embeds values such as responsible leadership, integrity and ethical behaviour, respect for others, trust, and sustainable enterprise. The relevance of these values and their impact on behaviour and outcomes in a business context is demonstrated to students through case studies, real world examples, and testimonials from industry partners. Following from the discussion of values, the course then looks at how businesses develop solutions to respond to increasing demand for sustainability, transparency and good governance. The framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is introduced and used to examine the alignment between business practices and sustainable solutions to real life problems faced by a business. The course also considers the role and responsibility (including legal) of professionals and professional standards in today’s society.

Global forces are rapidly changing the way we work. Globalisation, automation and digital communication have altered the way that employees engage with the workplace and provide value to employers. Career pathways have changed too. It is likely that you will have many jobs across a variety of careers and industries in your lifetime. Rapid advances in technology are enabling firms to automate processes, which is displacing or changing routine work. Simultaneously, the power of knowledge workers is rising. In parallel, new industries and new forms of collaborative and distance-based work are emerging. All of this is offering new challenges and opportunities. In this course you will explore how rapid technological advances are creating digital disruption that will impact your work in the future. It will enable you to identify opportunities to craft your own career pathway in a rapidly globalising, knowledge and service-intense economy.

The aim of the course is to explain the way people behave and make decisions in a business environment and the role that information has in the context of decision-making. It will also tackle some of the critical questions around the use of information for business decision making: how to assess the validity/reliability and relevance of the information we receive, how to use it effectively, how to simplify information, make it relevant, and present it to different audiences.

Second Trimester

We live in a VUCA ( volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world today. The grand challenges facing humanity are urgent, systemic, complicated and evolving faster than ever before. That is why the World Economic Forum has listed complex problem solving as one of the top ten skills for the 21st century. Complex problem solving requires critical and lateral thinking, reasoning, analysis, interpretation, synthesising information, research skills, reflection, creativity, curiosity, imagination, innovation, perseverance, self-direction, planning, self-discipline, adaptability, initiative, teamwork and collaboration. In this course, you will be exposed to concepts and frameworks associated with grand challenges and problem-solving techniques. Through interactive course materials and weekly workshops, you will learn by doing – look at problems from different perspectives, apply (where possible) solutions to grand challenges in a proper context, and very importantly, learn how to pitch your solutions.

The world has become increasingly interconnected as a result of increased trade, communication and cultural exchange. This interconnection, or globalisation, creates a need for you to develop intercultural, knowledge, understanding and competence. In this course you will explore Australia’s place in the Asia-Pacific region with its accompanying strong cultural ties to the history of Australia’s First Peoples and the Western world. You will examine the influences of the past, contemporary issues and possibilities for the future. This course is designed to commence your professional learning about the cultural protocols and knowledge required when engaging in cross-cultural relationships within Australia and across the Asia-Pacific region.

In an increasingly complex financial system, independence and effective decision making are important life skills. In business, financial skills drive profitability within the rules and regulations of government, institutions and organisations. In this course you will understand basic monetary flows in the economy, and the interrelationships and dependencies between money, society, groups and organisations, locally and globally. You will develop core skills in financial literacy for business and an understanding of the key principles of accounting, finance and economics. Sound accounting, finance and economics skills are sought by employers in any business graduate, as they enable a solid understanding of the principles that drive enterprise toward success.

Smaller classrooms

"The class sizes at Griffith College are smaller than those at the university.

I think it is an advantage for first year international students like me to get used to a different method of teaching and studying."

- Minh Hien Tran, Vietnam
Diploma of Business Student.