Diploma in Business and Information Technology (e-Learning)

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The Diploma in Business and Information Technology (e-Learning) is a broad-based and stimulating programme. The purpose of the course is to provide students with the foundation skills and knowledge necessary for entry to the BTEC HND Courses conducted at Beacon.

The course aims to provide students with fundamental knowledge of business and IT and develop basic skills in oral & written communication, business communication, team-working, problem solving and applying technology.

Course Structure

The Diploma course comprises of six subject units of study.

The subject units are as follows:
  • This unit is specially designed for students whose come from a non-English speaking environment.

  • The unit aims to build up students’ level of competency and confidence in the English language in a gradual and structured way so that they can live and study effectively in an English speaking environment.

  • The unit focuses on widening students’ vocabulary and strengthening their grammar as well as developing basic skills in listening, reading, speaking and writing

This unit teaches students higher-order learning skills that are needed for post-secondary education. It also emphasizes to students that the skills one needs for success in higher institution of learning are the same skills one needs for success in life.

This unit aims to develop students’ oral and written skills in a business context.

This unit aims to give an overview of the general business and provide students with the understanding of basic business concepts and organizations.

This unit aims to provide students with the basic concepts of marketing involving the use of the four elements of marketing mix, namely product, price, place and promotion as a tool for developing a marketing plan. Students will apply the knowledge and skills acquired to identify a business opportunity and develop a business plan for launching and operating a small enterprise.

This unit aims to support the development of life skills (namely problem solving, communication and applying technology) through the use of Information Technology (IT).

The unit exposes students to current and emerging IT technologies and applications, and provides opportunities for them to learn the fundamentals of IT through exploration and self-discovery.

Students will be introduced to a range of computing applications ranging from desktop publishing, word-processing, spreadsheet, drawing, painting and oral presentation software.

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Acquire, organize and communicate information effectively
  2. Utilize technology effectively in acquiring knowledge, and in gathering, organizing and presenting information
  3. Understand fundamental concepts of business and marketing and apply the knowledge and skills acquired to identify a business opportunity, and develop business plan for a small enterprise
  4. Understand fundamental IT concepts and apply problem solving techniques using technology
Admission Criteria

Academic Requirement

  • GCE ‘O’ level – 3 Grade C6
  • Grade 10
  • SPM – 3 passes
  • ITE-Nitec
  • Chinese Senior High School Year 1

English Entry Requirement

Students with equivalent foreign qualifications may be admitted provided they are proficient in the English Language, and possess

  1. IELTS 5.0 or equivalent qualifications OR
  2. a Pass in English Placement Test determined by the College


Those who fail the English Placement Test will be required to successfully complete the EAP/ESL (Lower Intermediate) course conducted by college

Course Information

Course Length:


  • 3 units per semester
  • Recommended Duration : 6 months


Candidates who successfully complete all 6 units of this programme will be awarded the Diploma in Business and Information Technology (e-Learning) by Beacon International College. This certification allows direct entry into the internationally recognized BTEC HND Diploma awarded by Pearson Education (UK).

Certificate of Merit Award

A student who has successfully completed a diploma course may be awarded a Certificate of Merit, provided that the following criteria are fulfilled:

  1. At least one (1) subject unit with a Distinction grade AND
  2. At least a merit grade using an average mark of the total subject marks in the course


Top student award

A student awarded the Certificate of Merit and has the highest total marks in the intake may be considered for the Top Student Award.

Teacher-Student Ratio

Beacon maintains a maximum teacher-student ratio as follows:

Tutorial – 1:40

Lecture – 1:72

Course Details


The course is mainly conducted online via distance learning.

Mode of delivery:

  • Synchronous Online lecture
  • Synchronous Online tutorial


Teaching Methods:

  • Brainstorming
  • Debates
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Field Trips
  • Case Studies
  • Role Play and
  • Simulation


In-course assessments will be conducted. In-course assessments may include quizzes, class tests, class participation in question and answer sessions, oral presentation, unit assignments including assigning reports and demonstrations where relevant, valid and appropriate. For class test, quizzes and presentation, online sessions will be conducted following the standard online assessment guidelines.