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An Advanced Diploma in Business from Focus College can get you prepared to jump into a career or enter a partner university. Enrol today!

2 Year** Hands-On Business Training Program

Interested in becoming a stronger communicator and learning how organizations work so that you can find a role for yourself in one of them and build a stable career? In this 2-year* full-time program from Focus College, you can prepare yourself for a wide variety of rewarding careers in the ever-growing world of Business.

And you have the option to complete the diploma program and jump right into securing employment or move on to enter one of our 75 partner universities around the world to get your degree. It all starts right here.

Focus on your goal and we’ll get you the skills to make it a reality.

Career Opportunities

The Focus College Advanced Diploma in Business will prepare successful graduates for entry into a wide range of positions such as:

  • Administrative Officer
  • Administration Supervisor
  • Office Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Banking Advisor

  • Business Development Assistant
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Customer Service Coordinator
  • Finance Assistant
  • and more!


Who Will Benefit from the Program?

Most people have a lot to gain from taking this program. Former students returning to school, anyone who wants to pursue higher education, adult learners with families, working individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects, and people who wish to start their own business.

University Progression

The Advanced Diploma in Business can provide advanced entry to degree-level study or a Master’s degree program. Visit this page for information on the institutions that will consider advanced entry with Focus College’s diploma qualifications.

The Advanced Diploma in Business will provide graduates with a breadth of competencies. 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, lifelong 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
  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent Canadian qualification OR relevant experience or mature students
  • In the case of students from non-English-speaking countries/territories, students will have to demonstrate their English proficiency at minimum IELTS Band level 6.0 OR equivalent. (In a case where a prospective student has no proof of English proficiency or an English proficiency level below IELTS Band 6.0, that student will be required to take the Focus College ESL “Crash Course”).

Business Accounting
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.

Business Law: An Introduction
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.

Communication: Business Communication
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.

Creating a Culture of Customer Care
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.

Economic Issues: An Introduction
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.

Economics 1: Micro & Macro Theory and Application
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.

Human Resource Management: Introduction
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.

Information Technology: Applications Software 1
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.

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

Managing People and Organizations
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.

Marketing: An Introduction
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.

Personal Development Planning
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.

Business: Graded Unit 1
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.

Behavioural Skills for Business
This unit is designed to enable candidates to explain what managerial behaviour in organizations involves and to analyze the behavioural skills which managers need in order to manage their own behaviour 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.

Business Contractual Relationships
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 of obligations as it relates to the contractual relationships between the business, their customers and their employees.

Business Culture and Strategy
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.

Economics 2: The World Economy
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.

Information and Communication Technology in Business
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.

International Marketing: An Introduction
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.

Preparing Financial Forecasts
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.

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

Statistics for Business
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.

Continuous Workforce Development
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.

Business: Graded Unit 2
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.

Review our program pricing for full details.

Scholarships and other financing options are available for qualified candidates.

  • This program is offered at the Kelowna and Surrey campuses
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program
  • Approximately 10-15 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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*Program length when completed in normal time. **Program length following the accelerated track.