Turn your ideas into business by learning the basics.

Gain a solid introductory foundation in accounting, finance, management, and marketing to kick off your business career. With the flexibility to take business courses on-campus or to study online, you’ll explore traditional business careers and learn viable skills you need to succeed in any walk of life. You can apply that practical knowledge to advance your current career or pursue your passions. 
Successful graduates of this one-year program are eligible for direct entry into the second year of various business and accounting diploma programs at Cambrian. 

Program highlights

  • Online (hyflex) delivery lets you study full-time or part-time with the option to attend classes on campus, online, or a combination of both 
  • Common year for all business students 
  • Continue directly into a business or accounting program to earn a diploma or advanced diploma 

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ACC 1045 Introduction to Accounting 3
BUS 1125 Business Professionalism 3
BUS 1146 Introduction to Business Management 3
BUS 1211 Business Mathematics 3
ECN 1101 Microeconomics 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
ISP 3026 Spreadsheets for Business 3
Semester 2
ACC 1050 Financial Accounting 3
BUS 1111 Business Research Methods 3
BUS 1153 CSR and Ethics 3
BUS 1212 Financial Mathematics 3
ECN 1202 Macroeconomics 3
MKT 1204 Foundations of Marketing 3
One General Education course. 1 3
 Total Credits42

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.

Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

Additional admissions requirements


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025

Winter term start

SEMESTER 1:  Winter 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Spring 2025

Spring term start

SEMESTER 1:  Spring 2025
SEMESTER 2:  Fall 2025

Specific program pathways

Furthering your studies

Graduates will be eligible for direct entry into the second year of the following diploma programs at Cambrian College: BusinessBusiness - AccountingBusiness - Accounting - OnlineBusiness - FinanceBusiness Administration, and Business Administration - Accounting.

College or university degree opportunities

If you are a graduate from this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian's college and university agreement details for further information.

Employment opportunities

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in:

  • Sales
  • Wholesale
  • Insurance
  • Government departments
  • Customer service
  • Retailing
  • Manufacturing
  • Service industries
  • Financial institutions

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.