Course Overview

The Advanced Diploma of Business (BSB60120) course at Shafston is designed to further develop your expertise across a range of business functions. Shafston offers flexible course holiday options, flexible timetables, industry expert trainers and an e-learning student portal.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals with significant experience in a senior administrative role who are seeking to develop expertise across a wider range of business functions.

Course Name Advanced Diploma of Business
Nationally Recognised Yes
National Code BSB60120
CRICOS Code 108930E
Delivery mode Workshops
Skill Development Session Seminars
Course Duration 56 weeks
Start dates 15/05/2023
Career Opportunities Business Manager
Business Analyst
Senior Executive
Business Development Director
Entry Requirements Minimum 18 years of age, with Year 12 equivalent.
English levels at minimum IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.
Assessments Methodology Formative assessment quizzes, summative knowledge assessment (written), practical assessment (scenario based).
Awarded by Shafston International Pty Ltd, CRICOS Provider Code: 03917H, RTO Code: 45694

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and implement workplace sustainability policies and to modify the policy to suit changed circumstances.

The unit applies to individuals with managerial responsibilities who undertake work developing approaches to create, monitor and improve strategies and policies within workplaces. These individuals also engage with a range of relevant stakeholders and specialists.

‘Sustainability’ in this unit refers to a broad approach that focuses on the minimisation of an organisation’s social, economic and environmental impact, as well as proactive value creation in these areas.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to present and negotiate persuasively, lead and participate in meetings and make presentations to customers, clients and other key stakeholders.

The unit applies to individuals who are managers and leaders required to identify, analyse, synthesise and act on information from a range of sources, and who deal with unpredictable problems as part of their job role. They use initiative and judgement to organise the work of self and others and plan, evaluate and co-ordinate the work of teams.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate an organisation’s work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in a work area to ensure a safe workplace, according to WHS legislative requirements. It takes a systems approach and addresses compliance with relevant legislative requirements.

The unit applies to those working in a range of contexts who have, or are likely to have, responsibility for WHS as part of their broader management role. It is relevant for people with obligations under WHS laws, for example persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) or officers, as defined by WHS laws.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply critical thinking in order to develop solutions to complex issues arising in the workplace.

The unit applies to individuals who are required to think critically in order to develop structured and innovative solutions to overcome complex organisational issues. Individuals in these roles operate with a high degree of autonomy and may undertake non-standard work tasks involving escalated risks. These individuals are often responsible for a team or work area.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake budgeting, financial forecasting and reporting. This unit also describes the skills and knowledge required to allocate and manage resources to achieve the required outputs for the business unit. It includes contributing to reviewing financial information, analysing financial risks, preparing a budget and reporting on financial activity.

The unit applies to individuals who have managerial responsibilities which include overseeing the management of financial and other resources across a business unit, a series of business units or teams, or an organisation. It covers all areas of broad financial management. In a larger organisation this work would be supported by specialists in financial management.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to lead a business operation that covers the steps required to develop and implement business plans.

The unit applies to individuals who are running an organisation or who take a senior role in determining the effective functioning and success of the organisation. These individuals may oversee the work of a number of teams and other managers.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to consult with stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate corporate social responsibility policy in an organisation.

The unit applies to individuals working in senior roles in diverse contexts who have responsibility for ensuring an organisation is positioned to ensure its long-term viability and success.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to review an organisation’s digital strategy and assess whether it is fulfilling its objectives according to relevant performance indicators.

The unit applies to individuals who are responsible for reviewing the operation and effectiveness of an organisation’s digital strategy to ensure the strategy remains according to organisation’s objectives.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and maintain information and data systems to support decision making, and to optimise the use of knowledge and learning throughout the organisation.

The unit applies to individuals who are responsible for ensuring that critical business information is readily available to review the organisation’s performance and to ensure its effective functioning. It applies to a wide range of information assets such as business performance data, customer feedback, statistical data and financial data.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to sustain and develop an environment in which continuous improvement, innovation and learning are promoted and rewarded.

The unit applies to individuals with managerial responsibilities who aim to build a better and more effective work environment. Continuous improvement and innovation have links with the model of the learning organisation and people working at this level play an important role in building the culture, values and attitudes of the organisation.

The Advanced Diploma of Business (BSB60215) will prepare you for a senior business role by providing you with a solid foundation through developing essential strategic leadership skills across a broad range of business functions, including organisational change, marketing, business and strategic plans, HR planning and finances. You will learn to analyse, design and execute decisions with considered business judgement. This is suited to those looking to begin careers in the following roles:

  • Executive Manager or Director
  • Quarry Business Manager
  • Business Analyst
  • Administrator
  • Business Development Director
  • Manager, Human Resources (Strategy)
  • Senior Administrator
  • Senior Executive

“The process of collecting evidence and making judgements on whether competency has been achieved to confirm that an individual can perform to the standard expected in the workplace, as specified in a training package or a VET accredited course.”

Your Shafston teacher will formally assess your skills, knowledge and understanding.   Assessment is competency based, this means you will be required to show / demonstrate the required competencies for the units of competency you are studying.

In order to ensure that Shafston’s assessment is valid, reliable, flexible and fair, Shafston trainers will conduct assessment as per the assessment conditions for each unit of competency you are studying. 

There are many different types of assessment.  Multiple and varied assessments are used to ensure that learners are able to demonstrate competency.  We will ensure that the assessment is conducted in a manner that is fair, flexible, valid and reliable. 

Assessments have the following sections Activities, Questioning, Project, and Observation which span across these different tasks.   Some of the assessment tasks are ‘stand-alone’ or they may be a combination of these methods of assessment.

There may be

• Written tasks

Written assessments include case studies, question-answer type tasks, written reports and assignments, including reflective evaluations, self-evaluations,  project work, demonstrations and class presentations.

• Examination

This includes written or spoken ‘question-answer’ type tasks in an examination. 

• Observation

Your teacher will observe your performance of tasks in real or simulated workplace environments.  This includes participation in role-plays, group discussions and demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge.  Students on vocational placement will be observed by a qualified professional.

• Vocational Placement

Vocational placement provides the opportunity to observe professionals in your vocation, gain skills specific to your vocation, engage and interact with your community, and most importantly, to apply what you have learnt in the classroom to the ‘real-world’ vocational environment.  You will be mentored and supported by an industry professional and have a valuable opportunity to learn in a structured workplace environment.  Your teacher as well as the industry professional will both observe your ability to apply the skills, knowledge and attitudes required in workplace situations and environments.


You may already have the skills and knowledge.  For more information about Recognition of Prior Learning Student Information,  please refer to:

The formal learning takes place through a structured program of instruction through face to face delivery with your Shafston teacher on the Shafston campus.

You will be able to learn from your teacher and classmates as you study together through a combination of formal classroom based learning and independent study / research.
   – Further support is provided at the weekly Class Tutorial Support sessions with your teacher.
   – Additional support is available at the Academic Literacy sessions.
   – 20 hours of scheduled contact is allocated per week to complete the course requirements with no more than 25% on-line. 


Shafston General English C E F R Cambridge Cambridge Business Pearson PTE I E L T S T O E I C  T O E F L
General Level 5 9.0
Academic 85+ 110 – 120
C1 CAE BEC – H PTE 850
Advanced General Level 4 7.0 87 – 109
Academic 76 – 84 6.5
Upper-Intermediate B2 FCE BEC – V PTE 6.0 750
General Level 3
Academic 59 – 75 5.0 57 – 86
B1 PET BEC – P PTE 4.5 550
General Level 2 4.0
Pre-Intermediate Academic 43 – 58
41 – 56
A2 KET PTE 30 – 40
Elementary General Level 1
Academic 30-42
Beginner A1

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