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New Zealand Diploma in Business - Accounting

Do you want to start your career in Accounting? Learn about the fundamentals of accounting in this one year Level 5 Diploma.

120 (1.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for one year. Part-time options available.

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, preparing financial statements and budgets, as well as preparing 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 and 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) 
  • Get qualified quickly by studying full-time for only one year
  • 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.

Courses Credits Aim
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





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

The statistical results below are a summary for:

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirementsInfo Icon: A total of 48 NCEA credits at Level 2 in the best four subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits (4 in reading and 4 in writing) in English or Te Reo Maori AND A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau, OR Equivalent to the above. In addition, international applicants must meet the minimum English Language entry requirements.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


1 YearInfo Icon

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $5,640Info Icon $5,640Info Icon
Government tuition subsidy:  $6,524Info Icon $6,524Info Icon
Total: $12,164Info Icon $12,164Info Icon

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $39,003Info Icon
Earnings range $28,689 - $46,694Info Icon
In employment 59%Info Icon
In further study 28%Info Icon
On a benefit 7%Info Icon

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.