Advanced Diploma in Business Studies (Full Time & Part Time)

The Advanced Diploma in Business Studies has been developed by London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) as a progression route for students aiming for a Higher Education qualification in the subject area, and/or for students aiming for a career in business and management.
Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Business Studies may wish to progress further in their studies and will be equipped to join a level six (Honours degree) qualification in Business Studies or Management. Graduates wishing instead to enter employment at this stage will be suited to roles that require effective, autonomous action and the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making skills.

Programme Objectives

The Advanced Diploma in Business Studies aims to provide students with:

  • The ability to apply underlying concepts and principles of business and management in an employment context.
  • Knowledge of the main methods of enquiry in the academic study of Business Studies and management.
  • An understanding of the limits of their knowledge, and how this influences analyses and interpretations based on that knowledge.
Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Business Studies should be able to evaluate and apply, within the context of the organisation, the standard theories and concepts from the following generic management areas:

  • Finance and Management Accounting;
  • Human Resources;
  • Information Systems and Technology;
  • Operations Management

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate relevant knowledge and understanding of organisations, the external environment in which they operate and how they are managed;
  • Apply theory to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems within the organisation;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative methods and computing techniques and know how to use these techniques and methods effectively across a range of problems;
  • Interpret financial data and carry out statistical and financial analysis;
  • Demonstrate understanding of economic concepts and principles;
  • Demonstrate understanding of economic theory and modelling approaches, and their competent use;
  • Demonstrate effective use of communication and information technology for business applications;
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills of effective listening, negotiating, persuasion and presentation;
  • Effectively communicate information, arguments and analysis in a variety of forms to specialist and non-specialist audiences, including use of a range of media which are widely used in business such as the preparation and presentation of business reports;
  • Demonstrate cognitive skills of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis;
  • Demonstrate effective problem solving and decision making using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills including identifying, formulating and solving business problems;
  • Take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development;
  • Undertake further training, develop existing skills and acquire new competences that will enable them to assume significant responsibility within organisations;

In addition, holders of the Advanced Diploma in Business Studies should have:

  • Acquired a range of personal and professional skills that can be used in a wide range of situations and contexts.
  • Gained the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.
Course Duration

Full Time: 8 Months
Contact Hours: 42 hours/module

Part Time: 12 Months
Contact Hours: 36 hours/module

Mode of Delivery

Lectures, case studies and exercised, class discussion.

Course Intakes

Full Time: Every 2 months
Part Time: Every 3 months

Entry Requirements
  • 17 years old or above
  • Completion of LSBF Diploma in Business Studies (or equivalent programme); Or
  • Polytechnic Diploma holders in a relevant field of study (with exemptions);Or
  • Polytechnic Diploma holders in a related field of study (with or without exemptions);Or
  • Polytechnic Diploma holders in a non-related field of study (with Bridging);Or
  • Other appropriate qualifications.
Minimum English Language Entry Requirement
  • Achieved a grade C6 or better in English language O level;Or
  • Equivalent qualification e.g. IELTS 5.5/TOEFL 550;Or
  • LSBF PCE Advanced.
  • Completion of a Polytechnic Diploma (or equivalent) delivered and examined in English.

Students, who have other qualifications, will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

(Note: Relevant Polytechnic Diploma’s may well be able to claim direct entry to the final year of a degree.)
Course Modules
Business Law

This module will provide students with the general knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of business law in Singapore. It covers major topics discussed in business law courses providing clear examples and simplified cases. The module contains many practical points and common clauses when drafting a contract.

Financial and Management Accounting

This module introduces students to the principles and practices of financial and management accounting, so that they can appreciate the contribution it makes to the effective operation of a business.
The aim of the module is to provide students with a greater understanding of the principles, mechanics and subjective issues involved in preparation of internal and external financial statements.

Human Resource Management

This module introduces relevant concepts and theories in the field of Human Resource Management and provides students with the knowledge, understanding and key skills in relation to HRM. Provides an insight into international diversity in HRM, allowing them to compare the role, activities and institutional frameworks of human resource management in different national contexts.

International Marketing

This module will provide students with an understanding of marketing from an international perspective. It will enable students to understand and analyse critical factors in the success or failure of international marking campaigns.

Operations Management

This module will provide students with a thorough background in the areas of management information systems (MIS) and operations management (OM). The main topics of discussion include the decision processes, information and decision technologies, information strategy, operations management and operations research. The module maintains a good balance between theoretical and practical aspects and encourages students to achieve expertise in both parts.

Organisational Theory and Behaviour

This module is an introduction to the concepts and topics in organisational behaviour (OB) and theory. The course focuses on OB at three levels: individual, interpersonal, and collective. Students will learn the individual level, covering decision-making, motivation, and personality and then turn to the interpersonal level, covering power, influence, and negotiations. The module will include the collective level, covering groups and managing change.

Project Management

The aim of the module is to introduce students to the important aspects of project management, project evaluation, project implementation and project review. Project scheduling, project costs and risk strategies are also considered.

Strategic Management

This module introduces the student to the theory and practice of strategic management, and the holistic way in which it draws upon a wide variety of managerial functions in its creation. It will provide students with an understanding of the key concepts, theories and process integral to the strategic management of organisations.

Attendance Requirements

International Students: 90%
Local, PR, non-student pass: 75%

Assessment Requirements

A: Assessment Outline
Assignment/Class test :   50%
Final Exam:                    50%                                     
Total:                            100%

B: Assessments Profile
i. In-course Assessment: (50%)
  • Assessment guidance will be given in the first session of the module, with any relevant documentation distributed to the students.
  • The In-Course Assessment content will be aligned to the module’s learning objectives and the form can represent any type of assessment. The assessment selected for the module will be the method most conducive to enhancing student learning and maintaining standards.

ii. Final Examination: (50%)
  • Assessment guidance will be given in the first session of the module, with any relevant documentation distributed to the students.
  • The Lecturer will conduct a revision for the examination to provide the student an opportunity to focus on the primary learning objectives and to answer any remaining questions from the students
  • Students are required to sit for the examination to successfully complete the module.
Course Fee

Local Student
Part / Full time: S$6,750 (inclusive of GST)

International Student
Full time: S$8,500 (inclusive of GST)

Certificate Awarded

Graduating students will be awarded with an Advanced Diploma in Business Studies by London School of Business & Finance in Singapore upon successful completion of the programme and a pass for all modules.

Teacher Student Ratio
1 : 80
Education Pathway

Upon completing the Advanced Diploma in Business Studies course, student can pursue their to Degree qualification at the following universities:

University Canada West, (UCW)

  • View the articulation here


University of Canterbury (UC)

  • View the articulation here


Northwood University (NW)

  • View the articulation here


Victoria University (VU)

  • View the articulation here

Intake Dates

Full Time: Every 2 months
Part Time: Every 3 months


Full Time: 8 Months
Part Time: 12 Months

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