Higher Diploma in Business Management

Precision engineering is the crucial enabler for industries as diverse as aerospace, oil & gas, medical devices and electronics. It is the essential ingredient in the manufacturing of the smallest semiconductor chips, to the most cutting-edge of medical devices, and the largest drill bits used in oil exploration.

Economic Development Board Singapore, www.edb.gov.sg

Engineering in Singapore began in 1970s and today hosts more than 2700 companies in this industry alone. Singapore’s precision engineering industry saw an output of S$32 billion in 2014, and employs about 94000 people or 22.6% of the entire manufacturing workforce.

Singapore accounts for more than 10 percent of global output for back end semiconductor equipment, and 9 out of 10 wafer fabrication equipment companies procure from local based suppliers.

In the age of the fourth industrial revolution, if there’s one skill that Singapore can count on more than any other, this is probably it.

Programme Overview

This Higher Diploma is a business course programme aims to provide a broad business curriculum that is responsive to local and international markets. A course that facilitates access to higher education (HE) for a diverse range of students aspiring to learn and excel. This course reflects the contemporary business management and entrepreneurial skills taught and practiced with an emphasis, where appropriate, on the application of theory to practice, and enable students to develop, or enhance their careers in the business world.


Course Delivery

Lectures, tutorials, seminars, example workshops, outside speakers, computer-based learning packages, group discussion and presentations and student centered learning

Core Modules:

Year 1:
  • Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Business Organization
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Management Accounting
  • Introduction to Business Economics
  • Business Law
Year 2:
  • Strategic Management and Competitive Advantage
  • The HRM Framework
  • Business and Social Entrepreneurs
  • Introduction to Business Research Methods

Elective Modules (Select 2):

  • Managing and Leading People
  • Introduction to Business Logistic
  • Introduction to E-Commerce
  • Introduction to International Business

Professional Development Modules*

    • Business English (T1 & 2)
    • Business Communication (T3 & 4)
    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Business Information Systems

* Full-Time students only
** The order of modules may subject to change due to availability

Teaching & Assessments

This course has a broad mix of project work, hands-on lab sessions, take-home assignments, class tests, presentations and examinations.

At Auston we believe that in today’s ultra-connected world, there are extremely rare occasions in which you will be unable to readily search the internet or ask Google for pre-existing knowledge. However there are many more situations, in both life and work, that will required a medium amount of effort over a long span of time.

A Student and his DET Project robotic walker
A Student and his DET Project – robotic walker

This course will encourage you to work in groups, and with your hands, to produce exciting projects that you can use to learn new concepts of engineering and technology and proudly hold up and say

“I made this”.

Entry Criteria

Candidates aged 18 years or older are eligible to enter the Higher Diploma programme with one of the following qualifications:

  • A Levels (GCE, GCSE, CIE or EDEXCEL); or
  • Auston’s Foundation Certificate Programme; or
  • 12 years of formal education
  • Mature Candidates: may be admitted on a case to case basis with a minimum of 10 years of formal education and certification that is deemed equivalent by the institute’s Academic Board. Additional measures may be taken to ensure the candidates suitability to the programme.

Applicants whose first language is not English or whose previous qualification was not taught and assessed in English must provide evidence of attainment in English Language by achieving an IELTS 5.5 or an equivalent qualification.

How To Apply

If you have O-Levels…

You’ll need to attend a foundation programme prior to embarking on this diploma. This diploma course is equivalent to the first year of a university programme and you must be sufficiently prepared to succeed. This route is also applicable for students with O-Levels or an equivalent qualification

If you have A-Levels…

You qualify for entry to this diploma. We recommend that you have a math/science/commerce background due to the math involved in engineering and mathematics. If you don’t have a math background, you may find portions of this course challenging. This route also applies for students with year 12, high school, or A/L equivalent qualifications.

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Facilities used in this programme include Networking Labs, Engineering Labs, and Mechatronics Labs. This is a huge benefit for our students. Labs are the #1 place where students learn.

Graduation and Progression

Students will be awarded with Higher Diploma in Business Management upon completion of the programme.

Fees and Financing

Taking your next step in achieving your academic qualifications is already a huge challenge. Finances shouldn’t be.

At Auston, we’ve partnered a number of banks and finance providers to make this an easy and developmental process for you.

Study: Year 1 & Year 2

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee covers admin fee, tuition fee and study guides. Auston absorbs FPS and Medical Insurance fee.

  • Programme fee for full-time: SGD 14,700
  • Programme fee for part-time: SGD 10,500

Study: Year 2

Tuition Fees

The tuition fee covers admin fee, tuition fee and study guides. Auston absorbs FPS and Medical Insurance fee.

  • Programme fee for full-time: SGD 9,700
  • Programme fee for part-time: SGD 6,200

Non-tuition fees:

Non-refundable application fees are as follows:

  • Application fees for Singaporean/ PR: SGD 100.00
  • Application fees International Student: SGD 450.00

*All prices are subject to 7% Goods & Services Tax (GST).
*Installment plan is available. Please contact our course consultants to find out more.
*Medical Insurance is excluded for part-time students.
*All fees are subjected to change annually.


Christian Eber

“Auston is well-organised and perfectly planned schedule. The school’s committed approach to maintaining high standards is matched by their remarkable abilities in facilitating a great learning environment.”

Christian Eber | Managing Director

Why People Choose Auston

  • We’re focused on being the best in private-education for engineering and technology
  • We’ve been awarded EduTrust 4-years.TWICE!
  • Student satisfaction is more than 80% vs the industry average of 60%!*
  • Student employment rate is high – 88% within 6 months!*

*Student Survey Conducted at Graduation 2017