Advanced Diploma in Business

Program Description & HIGHLIGHTS

The Advanced Diploma in Business will provide a breadth of competences.  The specific aims of the program are to:
  • Develop suitable competencies to enter a range of administrative, commercial or managerial positions.
  • Develop student competencies to support their career aspirations.
  • Prepare students for progression to degree courses delivered by UK universities.
  • Develop skills for independent, life-long learning.
  • Develop and enhance transferable skills for employability and core skills.
  • Develop and enhance transferable skills in planning, organizing, critical and evaluative thinking and enable the candidate to investigate business issues and problems in depth.
  • Develop intra/interpersonal skills relevant to a range of administrative, commercial or managerial positions in business organizations.
  • Develop communication and presentation skills.
  • Adopt an innovative and creative approach to their work and be able to respond quickly to challenges posed by changes in the business environment.
  • Develop the ability to work flexibly and cooperatively with others.

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Who CAN PURSUE THIS PROGRAM

  • Students returning to school.
  • Students pursuing higher education.
  • Adult learners.
  • Working individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects.
  • People who wish to start their own business.

Career Opportunities

The Advanced Diploma in Business will prepare candidates for entry to a wide range of positions such as: Administrative Officer, Manufacturing Distribution, Administration Supervisor, Office Manager, Assistant Manager, Personal Assistant, Banking Advisor, Planning Officer, Business Development Assistant, Purchasing Officers, Business Manager, Sales Coordinator, Customer Service Coordinator, Team Leader, Finance Assistant, Trainee Manager.

University Progression

The Advanced Diploma in Business can provide advanced entry to degree-level study or a Masters degree program. See our where to study page for information on the institutions which will consider advanced entry with Focus College’s Diploma qualifications.

Admissions Requirement

Minimum Grade 12 or Equivalent Canadian qualification. If English is not a student’s mother tongue, they are required to have an overall IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (in case of other testing standards) to be admitted into the program. If on starting the program, their language proficiency proves to be significantly lower than what is expected of overall IELTS 6.0, they will be required to take an English course at Focus College before being able to continue with their program studies. Program admission requirements may not be waived by the student or the institution.

OFFERED CAMPUS

Offered at both Kelowna and Surrey campus.

FEES in CDN$

Review our program pricing for full details.

Scholarships and other finance opportunities are available for qualified candidates. 

PROGRAM LENGTH

Two year full time. 

OTHER DETAILS

  • On campus delivery.
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program.
  • Approximately 20-30 hours/week is required from students to be successful in this program.
  • In order to graduate, students must pass all units through the program with a grade of C or higher.

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YEAR ONE COURSE DETAILS

This unit is designed to enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding in the preparation and use of accounting information within a business organization. Students will develop the skills required to prepare basic financial and management accounting reports and interpret and use financial information for decision making.

This unit is designed to introduce students to the framework of law as it applies within the business environment. The unit will examine the sources of Scottish law, the contractual relationships between individuals, the contractual relationships between individuals and businesses, and the distinction between types of business relationships. It is primarily intended for candidates who require knowledge of legal matters in a business context.

This unit is designed to develop skills in analyzing, summarizing, evaluating, and producing complex written business information. It also develops skills in presenting and responding to complex oral business information. 

The purpose of this unit is to enable students to recognize and evaluate effective customer care within a relevant work environment. It allows students to analyze factors affecting customer care and to judge the effectiveness of a customer care strategy by applying them to the workplace. The unit emphasizes that customer care is a key area of importance and value to organizations and is critical to the work of employees.

This unit introduces students to fundamental issues in economics with a particular emphasis on the business environment. Students will learn about the basic economic problem and how the consumer and other economic agents address this problem. Students are introduced to the operation of markets and actions that can be taken to help avoid market failure. The unit introduces the theory of National Income and the circular flow of income model.

This unit introduces students to fundamental issues in economics with a particular emphasis on the business environment. Students will learn about the basic economic problem and how the consumer and other economic agents address this problem. Students are introduced to the operation of markets and actions that can be taken to help avoid market failure. The unit introduces the theory of National Income and the circular flow of income model.

This introductory unit is intended for students who are preparing to study Human Resource Management, or are considering a career in this discipline. It is also for those students who may wish to gain a holistic overview of how Human Resource Management can add value to an organization. 

This unit is designed to enable students to use Information Technology (IT) systems and applications independently to support a range of information processing activities.  The unit is designed to develop a broad knowledge of the theoretical concepts, principles, boundaries and scope of IT applications.  These activities will be centered on using software applications packages to meet complex information requirements while paying attention to security and the needs of other users.

This unit is designed to develop the skills required for the advanced use of presentation software, including a range of multi-media, and to apply these skills to deliver effective presentations. It would be suitable for students involved in preparing and delivering presentations.

This unit is designed to enable candidates to gain an understanding of different approaches to managing an organization in today’s dynamic and complex business environment. It will introduce candidates – whether intending to or working in an administrative, commercial or management role – to current management theories to enable them to use these to evaluate organizational effectiveness.

This unit is designed to provide candidates with a knowledge and understanding of marketing and its importance in organizations. This unit is also designed to develop candidates’ understanding of the marketing mix in the context of both products and services. This is an introductory course which can be used by students who may wish to progress to more specialized marketing units.

This unit helps candidates to take responsibility for their own learning and development. It provides a framework for the development of the personal and general skills and qualities which employers seek in the workplace and which are increasingly recognized as underpinning success in personal life, in citizenship and in lifelong learning.  The contexts of progression to employment, or from college to university, or developing core Skills, can be used.

This graded unit is designed to provide evidence that students have met the goals of this program:

  • Provide the competencies required by employers of those engaged in entry level administrative, managerial or commercial positions in organizations.
  • Develop and apply a range of vocational knowledge and skills in an integrated manner to the analysis of business situations.
  • Build on previously acquired transferable skills.
  • Adopt an innovative and creative approach to their work and be able to respond quickly to the challenges posed by changes in the business environment.

YEAR TWO COURSE DETAILS

This Unit is designed to enable candidates to explain what managerial behavior in organizations involves and to analyze the behavioral skills which managers need in order to manage their own behavior and to deal with others. It enables candidates to recognize the skills which managers need in order to behave effectively in situations which arise within a dynamic business environment.

This Unit is designed to develop candidates’ knowledge of the law as it applies within the business environment. The Unit will examine consumer legislation, the law in employment and the Law od Obligations as it relates to the contractual relationships between the business, their customers and their employees.

This Unit is designed to enhance candidates’ understanding of business strategy and how it can be developed and managed within the culture of an organization. It highlights the dynamic nature of the business environment and the role that business strategy and organizational culture can play in improving the long-term performance of an organization.

This Unit introduces the world economy, the main focus being the key features of the global economic environment. It advances economic concepts and allows candidates to develop their research and analytical skills. The core economic issues that are focused on in this Unit are trade, international payments, exchange rates and economies undergoing change.

This Unit is designed to develop candidates’ knowledge and skills in identifying, evaluating, managing and presenting business information to facilitate and influence decision-making. The Unit requires candidates to consider the role of information in the decision making process, evaluate data communications systems and ICT innovations, use planning and control tools for project management and use software application presentation tools to present findings and recommend actions.

This Unit aims to develop skills and knowledge of learners interested in international marketing and the challenging environment in which international trade takes place. This covers relevant sources of information; opportunities and threats in international markets; a range of marketing techniques applicable to different international markets; and evaluating methods of accessing foreign markets. This is a stand-alone Unit which also appears in a range of HN awards where marketing/international marketing is appropriate subjects. It gives learner and understanding of the subject as a whole and it could serve as a stepping stone to more in depth study of international markets.

This Unit is designed to enable candidates to develop an understanding of the use of management accounting information within a business organization. It provides candidates with the skills required to prepare basic management accounting reports. In addition, the Unit will also enable candidates to learn the financial techniques used for making decisions in relation to costing and budgeting, pricing and investments.

This Unit is designed to develop the skills required for the advanced use of presentation software, including a range of multi-media, and to apply these skills to deliver effective presentations. It would be suitable for candidates involved in preparing and delivering presentations.

This Unit introduces candidates to statistical concepts and descriptive statistics used in business. The Unit will provide candidates with the underpinning knowledge and skills required to use statistical and graphical techniques to address business problems using appropriate IT software.

The purpose of this Unit is to provide candidates with the knowledge and understanding of how organizations identify and implement continuous training and development of their employees. In particular, candidates will develop the ability to produce an organizational training strategy, design a training program and training activities and plan an evaluation strategy for the training program.

This Graded Unit is designed to provide evidence that the candidates have met the goals of the program:

  • Develop competencies in a range of specialized areas of their choice in line with their preferred career. pattern or courses of further study.
  • Provide a basis for future career and personal development.
  • Adopt an innovative and creative approach to their work and be able to respond quickly to the challenges posed by changes in the business environment.
  • Enable candidates to consider and revisit core business issues and develop a depth of understanding from a managerial perspective.
  • Further developed organizational and investigative skills.
  • Promote the development of transferable skills in planning, organizing and evaluation and enable students to investigate business issues in depth.
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