Business Diploma Co-op

Our Diploma in Business Co-op is designed to teach you the things you need, none of the stuff you don't.

business diploma co-op

About Our Business Diploma Co-op

The business diploma Co-op Path courses provide practical skills and theoretical business knowledge employers need. This business diploma co-op covers the main aspects of business including management, human resources, economics, and administration. It will equip students with an awareness of key issues and practices within a changing business environment.

Advantages of the Business Diploma Co-op

  • Diploma in Business gives students a chance of not only intensifying their theoretical knowledge but also practical expertise.
  • Co-op placement gives students an opportunity to have a hands-on experience of the business of their interest by going to a Co-op placement with Canadian industries after completing the theoretical portion of the diploma, an edge over the normal Diploma in Business.
  • Students will attain more crucial skills and advantages through Co-op placement such as: Practical Communication skills with clients and co-workers and work experience will create more efficiency and awareness about business and management skills.
  • During placement students can work more than 8 hours every day hence can collect sufficient funds for their diploma and future education; accruing more productivity.
  • Most importantly this program provides tremendous flexibility for international students. If a student wants to follow a UFV pathway, after a diploma with Co-op in Focus College and 1 year at UFV, a student may be studying for two years and will have a work permit for up to 4 years. It is the best route for international students as they will get up to 4 years of work opportunities for approximately 2 years of study; study less years, work more, gain Canadian experience!
  • Canadian work experience of one year during Co-op placement may help students in getting better jobs in their field of study and help international students in their Permanent Residence application.
  • The business diploma co-op pathway has a strong managerial focus which enables candidates to progress more quickly to supervisory and/or management roles.

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 AD Business 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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