Graduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship (September 2020 intake)

Postgraduate coursework

Explore and challenge the concepts of entrepreneurship, enterprise, innovation and leadership.

This is the September 2020 version of this course

The Northern Intake 3 teaching period starts from 14 September 2020.

Applications for this course have closed.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


This course is offered only on Cloud (online), delivered via FutureLearn.

Cloud (online)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Explore and challenge the concepts of entrepreneurship, enterprise, innovation and leadership. Gain a deeper sense of your own potential to utilise an entrepreneurial mind-set to support your career development, personal goals and aspirations.

While entrepreneurship is closely linked with the start-up process, risk and venture creation, this degree is about entrepreneurialism - focusing on the spirit or intention to behave in an enterprising or entrepreneurial way.  This may involve starting a new business or venture, but also includes an all- encompassing view of how an enterprising mind-set and skillset can be useful in employment or as an active social citizen.

Share your knowledge and become part of a global community that will encourage you to challenge your understanding of the concepts of enterprise and entrepreneurship.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship, students must attain a total of 4 credit points comprising 2 credit points of core units offered by Deakin University and 2 credit points of core units offered by Coventry University, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point unit, MAI010 Academic Integrity.

Core units

  • Critiquing Entrepreneurship
  • Exploring Socio-Economic Innovation
  • Strategic Change and Innovation
  • Creating Entrepreneurial Impact
  • Compulsory 0-credit point unit

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status

    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

    The award to be conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8 and the Framework for Higher Education Qualification (UK) at level 7.

    Campuses by intake

    This course is delivered in partnership with Coventry University and therefore aligns with the UK academic calendar with three intake periods per year.

    Intake 1 - January

    • Start date: January
    • Available at:
      • Cloud (online) delivered by Future Learn

    Intake 2 - May

    • Start date: May
    • Available at:
      • Cloud (online) delivered by Future Learn

    Intake 3 - September

    • Start date: September
    • Available at:
      • Cloud (online) delivered by Future Learn

    This course is not available to international students studying onshore in Australia.

    Please note: This is a joint venture with Coventry University delivered via FutureLearn

    2020 Northern Trimester dates on the handbook.



    Mandatory student checks

    Coventry University’s ‘Disclosure of Criminal Convictions Policy and Procedure’ applies to all applicants who accept the offer of a place.


    There is an expectation that the students will undertake at least 150 hours of learning and assessment activities (this time includes activity within FutureLearn as well as independent study/research/etc.) per Deakin credit point.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

    Try this course for free

    Interested in a free taster of this course?

    A two-week block of this course is available free on FutureLearn, an easy-to-use online learning platform. Try it out and discover just how flexible and rewarding online learning with Deakin can be. You’ve got nothing to lose!

    Choose from three free course trials on FutureLearn:

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Minimum admission criteria:

    • Bachelor Degree or higher, or
    • two years relevant work experience, or
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent 

    Recognition of prior learning

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee – Full fee payment place - $2,200 per unit*

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only for units undertaken in 2020. The cost will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.

    * If you are eligible for the May 2020 - 2 for 1 offer, a bursary will be applied to your enrolment to reduce the fee for one of the two units you are enrolled in during the May period to $0. Student fees are required to be paid by the invoice due date. Information about important dates, including the census date, is available from Important dates. If you decide to withdraw from one or both units in the May study period, the bursary will be removed and cannot be re-applied at a later date. There is no requirement to continue study after the May intake, however the remaining two units of study can be completed in order to complete and graduate with the Graduate/Postgraduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply for this FutureLearn course

    Fill out the application form and email to both Deakin University and Coventry University.

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

    It is planned that the course will attract students from a wide cultural and discipline base, who will be able to share their knowledge and be part of a global community. The fundamental aim of the course is encourage students to develop their understanding of the concept and practice of enterprise and entrepreneurship. In so doing students will gain a deeper sense of their own entrepreneurial potential and be able to utilise this understanding to support their career and personal goals and aspirations. Given this, students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Entrepreneurship are expected to utilize these skills within organisations by acting as intrapreneurs.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Evaluate accepted practices and norms using a range of tools and approaches to create change and drive entrepreneurial outcomes
    Communication Apply practical knowledge and skills of entrepreneurship to communicate and effect transformational change
    Digital literacy Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
    Critical thinking Analyse organisational complexities through multiple perspectives and cultures to demonstrate entrepreneurial insight and analyse and use transdisciplinary perspectives for value creation and positive social
    Problem solving Apply the characteristics of entrepreneurial mindset to practice
    Self-management Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
    Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
    Global citizenship Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.