CRICOS Course Code: 105689M

Embrace the one-year Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation—an AQF level 5 program. Gain vital knowledge and skills to drive innovation and thrive in evolving business landscapes.

AUD 86 Million

New investment deals for start-ups in Australia reached AUD 86 Million in 2019.


The Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation will be a one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) AQF level 5 qualification designed to enable students to acquire knowledge of the concepts and theories of entrepreneurship and innovation and to apply them professionally and ethically in dynamically evolving business and commercial contexts locally and globally.

All the units together provide the foundation of a scaffold which would see students’ progress, if they wish, to the Bachelor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with full credit for the first year. Throughout the course, students will acquire foundation cognitive skills to source, distil and interpret relevant business and commercial information and data to work within the complex commercial
contexts of new ventures or business growth opportunities. They will be able to identify business opportunities and conceive innovative ideas and ventures drawing on rudimentary problem-solving strategies. They will be introduced to business concepts that facilitate interaction and communication with others so that they can operate with competence in a collaborative team context. A graduate of the course will be able to make sound choices based on ethical standards to guide their entrepreneurial
practice and business activities.

Now more than ever the demands of contemporary business and commercial activities require creativity and innovation to drive growth and sustainability. Building a business requires an orientation toward personal responsibility and initiative. Entrepreneurs need to be able to work both autonomously and in collaboration. Their capacity for the exercise of judgement can be supported by a grounding in the fundamentals of management and entrepreneurship. The Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
will therefore provide the foundation for students’ future development of more complex critical perspectives and creative responses.

Central to the challenge that Australia faces for successful development of innovation in business is the absence of a cohort of entrepreneurs who will become the principle generators of meaningful and sustainable employment for the wider community. The Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is structured so that students build the knowledge and practice the application of that knowledge to business innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours. The goal is to form student capabilities so they can
enter work in entrepreneurial organisations and/or initiate their own ventures.


The CIHE Diploma of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is designed to produce graduates who will play key roles in innovation and business generation within the small to medium enterprise sector which is vital to the future of Australian and global economic growth.


To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the course, applicants must meet at least one of the following entry requirements:


  • Successful completion of Year 12 and an ATAR score of 50 or above; or
  • Successful completion of an equivalent secondary qualification either interstate or overseas (in English or see below); or
  • Satisfactory completion of an accredited Tertiary Preparation Program or a Foundation Year Program offered by an Australian university that would enable students to gain entry to an Australian university; or
  • Satisfactory completion of one year of accredited full-time study at a registered institute of tertiary education at AQF level 4 or above; or
  • Admission to candidature for an undergraduate degree at an Australian University.


Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate competency in the English language. English proficiency can be demonstrated by providing proof of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall test result of 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5) or equivalent English language test such as TOEFL or PTE.

Other acceptable evidence of English proficiency includes:

  • Completion of secondary education/undergraduate degree via the medium of English; or
  • Successful completion of Year 12 secondary schooling in Australia (minimum of 1 school year to be completed in Australia within the last 2 years); or
  • Successful completion of an Australian qualification recognised as at least AQF Certificate IV (minimum period of study of 1 school year within the last 2 years); or
  • Successful completion of a Tertiary Studies Foundation Program (minimum period of study of 1 school year).
  • International students who do not meet the specified English proficiency requirements may undertake an ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) program prior to undertaking the course.

In addition, all students (domestic and international) must be 18 years of age or over at the time that they commence the course for which they have applied.


The Dip of Entrepreneurship and Innovation is a 1-year, 2-semester Diploma. To fulfil the requirements of the award, students must
complete a total of 80 credit points or 8 units. Each unit is 10 credit points.


Unit Code Unit Name
BUS101 Business Comminication
BUS102 Management Principles
ACC101 Accounting Practice
ENT101 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation


Unit Code Unit Name
BUS105 Economics
ENT103 Entrepreneurial Marketing
BUS107 Business Ethics
ENT102 Creativity and Innovation for Business (Prerequisite ENT101 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation)



At CIHE we provide workshop-based engaged learning.

All our units involve participation in 3 hours of on-campus workshop per week for 12 weeks. Each week’s workshop will require preparation – reading, activities and online work.

All our units are supported by an online learning management system – Moodle.

We use a range of assessment tasks at CIHE to help you monitor your learning – quizzes, group work, case-studies and scenario-based activities, reports and exams.

Our assessment tasks are designed to be work-oriented, that is, they are designed to mimic the real world processes involved in business so that you will be ready to start your career as an active independent professional.


Indicative student numbers for this course are 20 enrolled students at any one time.