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0.5 year/s full-time


Semester 1


CDU Waterfront Darwin
Not available to international students.

Credit points required


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The Charles Darwin University (CDU) Asia Pacific College of Business and Law delivers a First Nations pre-business and mentoring program, commencing in January each year. The program is made up of two components; a 4-week full-time intensive pre-business program delivered on-campus at the Asia Pacific College of Business and Law, and an ongoing individual and group mentoring component.

Successful completion of the program provides candidates with a pathway into the CDU Bachelor of Business or approved VET business programs.

Delivered by a dedicated facilitator with both professional expertise and experience in delivering training and education to First Nations learners, the delivery and materials are tailored to meet the learning styles and needs of First Nations learners.

In addition to the skills developed during the pre-business program, the program also supports students to be successful in their subsequent business studies by familiarising them with the higher education academic environment and expectations for study. The relationships built with other pre-accounting and pre-business students and lecturers will also provide successful candidates with a supportive network from the very first day of their studies.


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Whether you learn on campus or online, you will be studying with a proud multi-sector university that’s a leader in research and flexible study delivery. CDU is innovative, industry-relevant and student-centred. Our students are at the heart of all that we do.

  • Benefit from smaller class sizes for more personalised attention
  • Online learners receive the same support as their on-campus peers
  • Enjoy inclusive, welcoming learning environments
  • Utilise our deep connections with industry, businesses and communities in the Northern Territory, across Australia, and beyond

What will I study?

The First Nations Pre-Business Program runs as a four-week intensive for students considering applying for an undergraduate business degree.

Course structure

  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

A candidate must successfully complete a single unit of study totalling 10 credit points (cp) as detailed below.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(1 unit)
Compulsory Core unit totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.

IPB001 Business Preparation Studies

Total Credit Points


Study plan

The pre-business intensive program includes a single unit delivered across four weeks, commencing in January each year.

A recommended study plan is not required for this course.


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

This course is only available for First Nations peoples who would like to pursue a career in business and be supported through peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.


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Course details

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Asia Pacific College of Business and Law
Area of study
Enabling Courses, Business

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

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Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

Domestic applications

To apply for the First Nations Pre-business and Mentoring Program, please email for further information by 13 December 2021. Please note that inquiries will be accepted after this date.


For information on applying and/or enrolling in this course please contact Charles Darwin University Student Central for assistance.

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