Diploma of Business (Entrepreneurship)


1-Year Diploma or pathway to an ICMS Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship)


Stand-alone Diploma qualification

or your pathway to an ICMS Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship)

Organisations around the world require people with broad business and management skills. The Diploma of Business (Entrepreneurship) allows you to study an innovative blend of business subjects.

The Diploma of Business (Entrepreneurship) equips you with the skills needed for a successful career in your own business or anywhere in the diverse and dynamic business industry. You will gain an insight into key elements of managing people and organisations, marketing, financial and commercial literacy, and deepen your knowledge of contemporary business practices.

Your core business subjects are further enhanced with specialisation subjects in entrepreneurship, empowering to think and act in a way that sets the foundation for you to be able to successfully run your own business.

The Diploma of Business (Entrepreneurship) offers you a stand-alone ICMS qualification delivered through the Aspire Institute or, should you wish to further your studies, you could choose to use your diploma qualification as a pathway into a bachelor program at ICMS, with completed specialisations and subjects counting towards your degree. Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Business (Entrepreneurship) you will receive advanced standing for subjects in an ICMS bachelor degree.

Aspire Institute is a trading name of ICMS, International College of Management, Sydney Pty Ltd. All Aspire students are part of the ICMS student community, with lectures held at our Northern Beaches Campus and the City Campus, subject to availability. Aspire students receive dedicated academic support, including study skills.

What you will learn

  • Develop technical and theoretical business knowledge and concepts with some depth
  • Develop basic academic and applied research skills in a business entrepreneurship project brief
  • Identify appropriate sources of data for problem solving in an entrepreneurial context
  • Explain the importance of ethical and sustainable business practices in a global context
  • Describe solutions to routine entrepreneurship situations
  • Name specialist business technology
  • Present project findings in both written and personal presentation forms to diverse audiences in entrepreneurial business contexts
  • Apply technical business knowledge to a range of entrepreneurship contexts
  • Use business management principles and motivational factors to diverse individuals and teams
  • Appraise performance of self and others in business environments

Quick Facts

Course NameDiploma of Business (Entrepreneurship)
CRICOS Code0101118
UAC Code530503
Accreditation StatusActive
AQF Level5
CampusNorthern Beaches Campus, Manly , Online*
(core business subjects may be offered in the City Campus, subject to availability.)
Duration1 year (or part time equivalent)
Study Modeon campus | online*
StartMain Intakes: February, May, August
Mid-Term Intakes**: March, June, October & December
Entry RequirementsDomestic Students

International Students

Pathway optionInternational College of Management Sydney (ICMS)

* In accordance with the Australian Government ESOS National Code international students on a student visa can only undertake 33% of their total enrolment load online and must be enrolled in at least one (1) on-campus subject in each compulsory study period. Learn more

** Mid-term intakes are only available to student depending on demand.

Course Structure

TermSubject TypeSubject CodeSubject Name
1COREBUS101APathway to Success
COREMGT101AManagement Solutions for a Changing World
SPECIALISATIONENT101AEntrepreneurship Foundations & Mindset
COREACC101AFinancial and Commercial Literacy
COREMGT102AGlobal Citizenship
CORESTA101AData Informed Decision Making
SPECIALISATIONENT102AVenture Ideation & Validation

Sample subjects

Entrepreneurship Foundations and Mindset (ENT101A)

The subject aims to introduce the theory and practice of entrepreneurship, the characteristics of entrepreneurs, and the “mindset” of the entrepreneurship in individuals and organisations. Students can gain an overview of the lean business start-up process, assess their own “mindset” for entrepreneurship and map out their journey to develop their mindset and skillset as entrepreneurs. The aim of the subject is for students to learn about themselves as people and thus identify what type of entrepreneur they would be.  

The subject develops capacity to leverage ecosystems to advance venture creation and/or become a catalyst within them. Student entrepreneurs are exposed to various stakeholders and players at a local, national and global level. Student entrepreneurs study the characteristics of leading entrepreneurial ecosystems, entrepreneurial support systems and government policy making. Upon completion of the subject, student entrepreneurs would have developed their confidence in building and expanding entrepreneurial relationships.

The subject also introduces concepts and characteristics of social enterprises. This subject will guide the entrepreneurs to have a deeper sense of moral and social commitment through their entrepreneurial journey.

The subject also provides students different techniques and tools to practise enterprise resilience including internal and external methods.

Venture Ideation and Validation (ENT102A)

The aim of this subject is the brainstorming, researching, ideation and validation of business ideas.  It must be both about the development of a viable business but also the market research, testing and feedback to validate and confirm its viability.  There is a strong focus on market and customer research towards clarifying the merits of a strong value proposition and minimally viable product. 

This subject will also strengthen the grasp of what the student’s business brand is based on their customer/target audience research findings and business purpose, goals and values.

Venture Ideation and Validation is designed to help students navigate the earliest stages of starting a new venture beginning with the identification of a problem in the market that is worth solving. The class teaches students tools and techniques to translate these problems into viable business concepts, with an emphasis on enabling an aspiring entrepreneur to get as far as possible, with as little as possible, as FAST as possible.

Student teams begin the quarter with nothing more than a series of hypotheses about a new venture, then design and execute a series of in-market experiments that either validate these assumptions or force them to iterate aspects of their business model in real time. The objective of the course to guide students toward the achievement of “product-market fit” as a crucial first step in the creation of a start-up. 

This Diploma leads to the following Bachelor’s Degree

International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS)
International College of Management Sydney
Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship)
CRICOS: 101115