Programme overview

In this programme you’ll gain an understanding of the nature of business and the functions within an organisation. You’ll develop accounting skills for small business including recording transactions, prepare financial statements and budgets, as well as prepare tax returns. This knowledge and technical skills will help you support an accountant or accounting team. 

In this Diploma, you’ll learn the personal skills necessary to operate effectively in business environments including problem solving, developing and managing business relationships, managing your own performance, ethical awareness, etc.


  • Recognised qualification towards becoming an Accounting Technician through Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ). Find out more about the Accounting Technicians pathway and the full requirements.
  • Students in this specialisation can apply for Provisional Membership with Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) 
  • 1 year Diploma full time - get qualified quickly
  • Work on practical assignments and real world cases – this will better prepare you for what you’ll experience in accounting support roles
  • Industry experienced lecturers
  • Provides an excellent pathway towards the Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)

Progression Pathway

To qualify as an accounting technician check the requirements on the CA ANZ website.

New Zealand Diploma in Business is a pathway into the Bachelor of Business. The Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) major offers a pathway to qualify as a chartered accountant.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1.    A minimum of 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau

2.    A total of 48 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in four subjects:

  • Your 48 credits must include 8 credits in English or Teo Reo Māori (4 in reading, 4 in writing)

3. Be 16 years old before the programme starts

4. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • A relevant qualification at Level 3 on the NZQF or above or an equivalent qualification; or
  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For 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.

The Nature of Business (BEBP5101) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)To explore the nature of business entities in New Zealand and the impact of the external environment on them.
The Business Team (BEBP5102) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)Learners will understand how business organisations operate, the role of stakeholders and how to be effective in the workplace.
Working With Other Organisations (BEBP5103) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course ensures that learners will understand the diversity of business organisations and develop skills to operate as a bi-cultural business practitioner.
Business Innovation (BEBP5104) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course ensures that learners recognise and evaluate innovation opportunities and their role in implementing business plans.
Introduction to Accounting (BEBP5601) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course ensures that learners can apply accounting concepts to record and process a range of financial transactions, and prepare financial statements.
Financial Statements and Analysis (BEBP5602) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course ensures that learners can apply accounting concepts to prepare and interpret financial statements using accounting software for a business entity.
Budgeting and Ethics (BEBP5603) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course ensures that learners will prepare budgets and monitor and report on business performance, and act within the accounting profession code of ethics.
Taxation and Internal Controls (BEBP5604) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS)This course ensures that learners will apply tax rules for individual and small businesses and identify internal controls to manage financial and debtor risks