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 New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA).
  • 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

To be eligible for admission, applicants must meet the general, or the discretionary, or the special admission requirements and they must also meet any programme-specific admission requirements. Applicants must also meet the English language requirements and may be interviewed.

Generic Admission Requirements

General admission

For Level 6 Diploma programmes applicants must have a total of 60 NCEA credits at level 2 in best 4 subjects, OR a maximum total of 16 in best 4 Sixth Form Certificate subjects, OR equivalent OR completion of an appropriate qualification at Level 3 or above.

Special Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the diploma is to commence; AND 
  2. Have provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases an applicant who does not meet the general admission requirements and who has not reached the age of 20 on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the diploma is to commence may apply for discretionary admission.

In assessing whether to grant discretionary admission in exceptional cases, the primary focus will be on the applicant's level of preparedness for study at the required level.

English Language Admission Requirements

General English Language Requirements
Applicants must have achieved a minimum standard of English as demonstrated by a minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in Reading, 4 in Writing).

International Students for whom English is not their First Language
Applicants must have achieved one of the following:

  1. Completion of NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Academic Level 4;
  2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  3. An overall TOEFL pBT (Paper-based Test) score of 550 (plus essay TWE of 5) OR  an overall TOEFL iBT (Internet-based Test) score of 60 (plus writing score of 20);
  4. Level B2 under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR);
  5. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a Pass at Grade B OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 52 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
  6. Pearson Test of English (PToE) (Academic) with a score of 50;
  7. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 66.

Existing English Language Proficiency
Applicants may also provide evidence of satisfying one of the criteria for existing English proficiency as specified by the NZQA. For more information please visit the NZQA website.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this programme, applicants must also meet the requirements set out in this schedule.

Specific Admission

The General Admission requirements and the English Language Entry Admission requirements set out in the Diploma Generic Regulations do not apply to this programme; all applicants must meet the requirements stated in the sections below. Applicants must have:

  1. a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  2. 50 NCEA credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects, including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; of which 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing. The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at Literacy requirements for University Entrance;
  3. or equivalent to the above;
  4. or New Zealand University Entrance.

English Language Entry

International students for whom English is not a first language must either

  1. meet one of the English language proficiency outcomes defined below:
    • IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5;
    • TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE);
    • TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 20);
    • University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations FCE with a pass at Grade B or CAE with a score of 52;
    • NZCEL Level 5 with the Academic endorsement;
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 50;
    • City & Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 66; or
  2. complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieve either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2015. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

CoursesCredits Restrictions
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 of commercial law, to enable application of legal reasoning.
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 understand, discuss, evaluate and apply information technology to meet business requirements.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
Accounting Practices (ALAFNZ501) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will record and process financial transactions and prepare financial statements and cash budgets for entities.
CoursesCredits Restrictions
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.
Strategic Planning for Small Business (APMGNZ631) 20 credits (0.167 EFTS)Students will develop a strategic plan for a small business in New Zealand.
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.