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Undergraduate Certificate of Business

Open an alternative entry pathway to a law degree while learning the essential skills you’ll need to flourish in your new career.

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Undergraduate certificate


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6 months full-time

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Take the first step towards a rewarding career in law

The Undergraduate Certificate of Business is a pathway qualification into working in the field of law. In this short, four-unit course, students will develop the analytical thinking and strategic planning skills essential to their development as a law practitioner.

Students must complete one core unit and their choice of three elective units to attain this undergraduate certificate, typically requiring six months full-time study.

Students who complete this undergraduate certificate and meet the minimum grade requirement will gain entry into the Bachelor of Laws. Completed units will be credited to the Bachelor of Laws or an alternate degree if preferred.

What will you learn?

  • Business Strategy: Learn the skills needed to make effective business decisions and analyse their impact.
  • Innovation: Develop an understanding of innovation practices and build confidence and capability in communicating your professional ideas.
  • Communication: Build the essential skills you’ll need to translate your ideas into practice in a corporate setting.

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Your course structure

The Undergraduate Certificate of Business consists of four units. All students are required to complete the core unit Learning and Communicating for Innovative Business Practice (COM10011), as well as three of the five electives below:

  • Financial Information for Decision Making (ACC10007)
  • Business for Sustainability, Social Change and Impact (BUS10014)
  • Economics for Business Decision Making (ECO10005)
  • Business Digitalisation (INF10024)
  • Contemporary Management Principles (MGT10009)
  • Marketing and the Consumer Experience (MKT10009)

Why study an Undergraduate Certificate of Business with Swinburne Online? Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation.

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Studying with Swinburne Online is a unique opportunity. Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. View all units in your undergraduate certificate.

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Entry requirements

Students must meet any of the below criteria in order to enter this course:

  • Hold a Year 12 certificate of completion (Minimum ATAR requirements may apply.); or
  • Completion of a Cert IV or partial completion of a Diploma or above in any field; or
  • Can demonstrate relevant work experience and meet the language, literacy and numeracy requirements to study at the diploma level.

This course is not available to international students.

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee offer of a place. See Admissions at Swinburne, for general information about the admission process.


Take the next step in your career

The Undergraduate Certificate of Business equips students with foundational skills essential for any professional career, while also offering an alternative pathway to future study.

Bachelor of Laws

Students who complete all four units of the Undergraduate Certificate of Business with a 60% average mark are eligible to enrol in the Bachelor of Laws. All four units will be credited to the Bachelor of Laws. This pathway is open to all students who meet the entry criteria.


The estimated fee for this course is $7,571.

Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.

Discover more information about HELP loans.

Course fees may change without notice and will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.

This course is not available to international students.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.

You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.

Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.

Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week, with Student Advisors available to help with anything from tech support to research advice and dedicated online tutors in each of your units.

How you'll learn

Learning designed for online

Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment, interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform, and receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.

Your online study journey

You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and be guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.

The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.

Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with anything from technical support to referencing and assignment tips.


The Undergraduate Certificate of Business (CU-BUSS) is nationally accredited with the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) and recognised by Registered Training Organisations (RTO) and Universities across Australia.


‘Swinburne Online helped me reach my goals by providing me with the platform and tools I needed to succeed.’


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What are other students asking?
You can study at Swinburne Online from any state or territory in Australia, as long as you meet the entry requirements for your online course and have an Internet connection!
Yes, students of Swinburne Online graduate with the exact same qualification as a student at Swinburne University of Technology. Not only does your graduation certificate look exactly the same, your coursework will cover all the same topics – we just transpose the information and assessment tasks so that they are perfectly suited to an online classroom.
We offer either HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP to Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa-holders for all of our university courses. For undergraduate degrees, Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for all students who meet the entry criteria. HECS-HELP is available for Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa-holders as part of their CSP offer. New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents will need to pay their unit fees up front, but will be eligible for our domestic student fee. For postgraduate courses, Australian citizens and Permanent Humanitarian visa-holders that are eligible for courses, will be able to use FEE-HELP to pay their tuition fees. International students are not eligible for any Australian government fee assistance.

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