Programme overview

To get ahead in today's business world, you have to be competent in a wide range of business skills. The New Zealand Diploma in Business equips you with these skills and provides you with a sound knowledge of organisations and their management, accounting, the economic environment and commercial law.

You can either complete the general diploma or specialise in either Accounting or Management.

Highlights

  • Endorsed by the New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).
  • A strong practical focus: you work on real-world assignments and learn from lecturers with plenty of industry experience.
  • The programme focuses on applied learning.
  • Suitable both for those wanting to start their business career and for students planning to move on to higher-level business study.
  • Full or part-time study options available. Courses have day and evening classes.

Choosing your courses

You must successfully complete 12 courses. Start with six selected core courses, which will give you a broad and thorough grounding in business principles. Then, choose six elective courses (at least four must be at level 6). Up to three courses can be at level 4.

If you're a full-time student, you can enrol in a maximum of three courses per semester, unless otherwise approved by the programme leader. If you're studying part-time, you should only take two courses per semester.

When you choose your courses keep in mind any future business studies you might want to do. For instance, if you're considering going on to the Bachelor of Business after completing the diploma, you should decide which business major you're likely to select, and then choose courses in the New Zealand Diploma in Business that maximise cross-credits.

Exit qualification

If you've completed any six New Zealand Diploma in Business courses (with at least four courses at level 5 or above) you can apply for a level 5 Diploma in Business Studies. You can apply for this diploma as a milestone award if you're continuing on to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business, or as an exit qualification if you leave the New Zealand Diploma in Business.

Notes on courses

Please note you only need to select six of the seven compulsory courses.

You must successfully complete 12 courses. Start with six compulsory courses, which will give you a broad and thorough grounding in business principles. Then, choose six elective courses (at least four must be at level 6). Up to three courses can be at level 4.

If you're a full-time student, you can enrol in a maximum of three courses per semester unless approved otherwise by the programme leader. If studying part-time, you should only take two courses per semester.

When you choose your courses keep in mind any future business studies you might want to do. For instance, if you're considering going on to the Bachelor of Business after completing the diploma, you should decide which business major you're likely to select, and then choose courses in the New Zealand Diploma in Business that maximise cross-credits.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Have completed University Entrance which requires NCEA Level 3 including:

  • 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in three different approved subjects 
  • 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Maori (5 in reading, 5 in writing) 
  • 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau 

OR

2. A total of 50 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher including:

  • At least 12 credits in three different subjects.
  • Your 50 credits must also include 8 credits in English or Teo Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

3. 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau
4. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • A qualification equivalent to 50 credits at NCEA Level 2.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

CoursesCreditsAim
Accounting Principles (ALAFNZ500) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will understand financial statements and reports and be able to analyse and interpret financial performance for sole traders and small companies
Introduction to Commercial Law (ALAFNZ510) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will demonstrate knowledge and skills in law relevant to business
The Economic Environment (ALAFNZ520) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will apply elements of economic theory with emphasis on the contemporary New Zealand environment.
Organisation and Management (APMGNZ530) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will understand the factors that influence management and the organisation and apply a range of factors.
Fundamentals of Marketing (APMGNZ541) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will have a working knowledge of fundamental marketing concepts relevant to contemporary organisations.
Business Communication (COMMNZ560) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will apply communication knowledge and skills in the evolving context of New Zealand and global business.
Business Computing (ISCGNZ550) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will discuss, evaluate and apply information technology to meet business requirements.
CoursesCreditsAim
Accounting Practices (ALAFNZ501) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will record and process financial transactions and prepare financial statements and cash budgets for entities.
CoursesCreditsAim
Financial Accounting (ALAFNZ601) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will apply Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) to prepare and present general purpose financial reports for a company and evaluate a listed company for the purpose of shareholder investment.
Management Accounting (ALAFNZ602) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will collect, interpret, present and use relevant management accounting information for an organisation to effectively plan, control and make appropriate decisions regarding business operations.
Business Finance (ALAFNZ603) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will apply financial management knowledge and skills to a small or medium size business for decision-making purposes.
Taxation (ALAFNZ606) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will apply knowledge of taxation rules to New Zealand taxable entities in a range of situations.
Leadership (APMGNZ630) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will understand concepts and apply principles of leadership. Students will create a personal plan to develop leadership capabilities.
Operations Management (APMGNZ632) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will understand functions of operations management and apply techniques to ensure efficient and effective production of goods and services.
Human Resource Management (APMGNZ633) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will understand the roles, functions and application of Human Resource Management within contemporary New Zealand organisations.
Employment Relations (APMGNZ635) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will apply current New Zealand employment relations legislation, processes and practices, and understand the implications for employment relationships.
Applied Management (APMGNZ636) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will identify a managerial problem, and research and apply management concepts and tools to find and recommend possible solutions to the problem.
Applied Computing (ISCGNZ650) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will use software applications in developing computer based solutions for business problems.