Programme overview

Do you want a career in business administration and computing? Examine the ways in which computer applications are used in modern organisations, while developing a range of administration skills. Explore the role of accounting systems and the importance of accepting responsibility for your work and of quality customer service.

You will develop the skills to prepare business presentations, to process financial transactions and payroll using computerised accounting software, and to produce desktop publications.

You will extend your software skills with advanced spreadsheeting, document processing and database functions.


  • The programme prepares you for higher levels of study.
  • A business centre where you operate business equipment, complete office tasks and communicate effectively in a simulated workplace environment.
  • Lecturers with extensive industry experience.
  • Small classes with individual attention from lecturers.
  • Full or part-time study options.

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

All applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme's commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form).

For Level 4 Certificate programmes applicants must have a minimum of 4 years secondary education, and a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 1 in each of at least two subjects, OR a pass in two subjects in New Zealand School Certificate, OR Unitec Certificate in Foundation Studies: Whitinga (Level 2) in a relevant pathway, OR equivalent.

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 Certificate is to commence; AND
  2. 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 Certificate 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 12 credits at NCEA Level 1 in English.

English language requirements for international students

Applicants must have at least ONE of the following:

  1. Gained NCEA level 3 and met New Zealand university entrance requirements;
  2. Clear evidence that they satisfy one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency:
    1. Previous primary and secondary study in English as evidenced by completion of one of the following at schools using English as the language of instruction:
      • Completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13); OR
      • Completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)
    2. Previous tertiary study in English: clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States.
    3. Achievement of the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
  3. Achieved, within the preceding two years, at least one of the English proficiency outcomes listed below:
    1. NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) (General / Workplace / Academic) (Level 3);
    2. An overall IELTS band score (Academic Format) of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. The IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form;
    3. An overall TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 530 (essay 4.5 TWE) OR an overall TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 46 (writing 20);
    4. First Certificate in English (FCE) with a pass at Grade C OR Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with a score of 47 or higher under the Cambridge International standard tests of English as a foreign language;
    5. Pearson Test of English PToE (Academic) with a score of 42;
    6. City & Guilds Internal English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) B2 Communicator with a score of 42.

Programme Specific Admission Requirements

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

  1. All applicants must have the Unitec Certificate in Business Administration and Computing (Level 3), or equivalent.

Courses and timetables

The following courses are valid for 2016. The courses may be offered as part of the programme. Click on the course links below to see the course details and timetables.

Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Business Applications (ISCG4401) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To be able to use integrated application software to an advanced level.
Advanced Document Processing (ISCG4402) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop document presentation, wordprocessing and keyboarding skills to an advanced level and use the features of a desktop publishing program to an intermediate level.
The Business Centre (ISCG4403) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop relevant skills to successfully contribute to the work environment and to understand the importance of quality customer service.
Financial Administration (ISCG4404) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To examine the role of accounting systems in meeting business information requirements and to allow students to apply accounting procedures.