Business Diploma Co-op

Our Diploma in Business Co-op provides students with the knowledge and skills that employers are looking for.

business diploma co-op

Here’s what you need to know about our Business Diploma Co-op Path Program

The Diploma in Business Co-op Path courses provide the practical skills and theoretical business knowledge that employers are looking for.

The program courses cover the central elements of business and management including communications, human resources, economics, and management. This foundation will equip students with an awareness of the key concepts and practices within our ever-evolving business landscape.

Advantages of the Business Diploma Co-op

  • The Diploma in Business Co-op Path program provides students a chance of not only growing their theoretical knowledge, but, with the required work placement, a practical experience as well.
  • The work placement provides the student an opportunity for ‘hands-on’ application of the concepts they have learned from their studies. Adding this placement to their resume, students in the Diploma in Business Co-op Path program are better positioned for workplace entry and advancement upon completion of their studies.
  • Through their work placement, students in the Business Diploma Co-op Path program will attain the crucial skills demanded by today’s workplace. Practical communication skills, ‘hands-on’ contact with clients, suppliers, supervisors and subordinates will prepare the student for the challenges that await once they complete their studies.
  • During the work term portion of the program, students work full-time providing the resources to pay for their studies before completing the program. If continued studies are desired, these paid placements can also help budget for those expenses.
  • Perhaps most importantly for international students, this program provides tremendous flexibility. If the student wants to follow our pathway to further their studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, this is an option just as it is for our students enrolled in the certificate program.
  • The Co-op path leading to UFV may be the best path to a valuable stay in Canada. Completion of the Diploma Co-op Path followed by enrollment in the general studies program at the University of the Fraser Valley provides the foundation for a post-graduate work permit that totals an additional three years.
  • The work experience component of the Co-op pathway program may help students build the resume required for responsible positions in their field of choice. Jobs with greater responsibility may help international students in their application for Permanent Residency.

Career Opportunities for Business Diploma Graduates

The business diploma prepares candidates for entry to a wide range of positions. Respondents to employer consultation named the following as posts for which Business Diploma graduates would typically be recruited:

  • Administrative Officer
  • Manufacturing Distribution
  • Administration
  • Supervisor
  • Office Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Personal Assistant
  • Banking Advisor
  • Planning Officer
  • Business Development Assistant
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Business Manager
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Customer Service Coordinator
  • Team Leader
  • Finance Assistant
  • Trainee Manager

The Business Diploma has a strong managerial focus which enables candidates to progress more quickly to supervisory/management roles. In addition, candidates, through their choice of options, will be able to prepare for a career (or further studies) in several specialist areas, for example, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Financial Services.

The Business Diploma Co-op allows students to work towards a certificate after only one year. Students may qualify to graduate early!


Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent Canadian qualification OR relevant experience or mature students

Students from Non-English-speaking countries/territories will have to demonstrate their English proficiency at minimum IELTS Band level 6 .0 OR equivalent (In case of other testing standards). If there is no proof of English proficiency or lower English proficiency level, students will have to take an English course at Focus College.

Students must have access to high-speed internet to access online classes with software like Zoom.

This business diploma comes with approximately 10-15 hours per week in homework. It is a fast-paced program that sets students up for success.

Diploma in Business Co-op Path program will provide a breadth of competencies. The specific aims of the Diploma in Business Co-op Path program are to have had students:

  • Develop suitable competencies to enter a range of administrative, commercial, or managerial positions,
  • Develop student competencies to support their career aspirations,
  • 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 intrapersonal and 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, and challenges posed by changes in the business environment,
  • Develop the ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others

Business Diploma Tuition Breakdown

Domestic Students International Students
Tuition: $23,000.00 Tuition: $23,000.00
Application Fee: $250.00 Application Fee: $200.00
Assessment Fee: $250.00 Assessment Fee: $250.00
Professional Fee: $1,000.00 Professional Fee: $1,000.00
Materials and Lab Fee: $1,000.00 Materials and Lab Fee: $1,000.00
Administration Fee: $100.00 Administration Fee: $100.00
Archive Fee: $30.00 Archive Fee: $30.00
Total: $26,380.00* Total: $26,380.00

*Local students may qualify for one of Focus College's many scholarships. To find out more, please go to the program financing page to find out if you qualify.

Business Diploma Program Details

Study hours: 1360

Co-op Hours: 1360

Total Hours including Co-op: 2720

Full-time duration: 80 weeks

Full-time hours: instructional time of 20 or more hours per week, or if the program leads to employment in a career occupation regulated by Transport Canada, instructional time is 15 or more hours per week.

Attendance Expectations: Students are required to maintain their attendance as per the FC attendance policy.

Graduation Requirements: To graduate, students must pass the AC program at a minimum Grade of C.

University Progression: The Advanced Certificate in Business can provide advanced entry to an undergraduate degree-level study or a masters level degree program. The Advanced Certificate in Business can also provide advanced entry to the University of the Fraser Valley. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for further information.

Program Organization: Diploma in Business program consists of two years.

5 Stars

Personally my studies at Focus College had taught me to always think independently and use knowledge I’ve gained in my future professional career. 

I had a great time at the course and it was very helpful and fun as well.

I am thankful for the faculty that helped me gain that knowledge and has brought a new dimension into my life.

Barea Alenglizi, Focus College Graduate

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Focus College response to Covid-19

Updated March 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.

For current students:

We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.


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