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New Zealand Diploma in Business - Accounting

Are you interested in a career in accounting? If you’re good with numbers and like the idea of a job where you can help small business owners achieve their business goals, then this programme is a great place to start. 

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

Programme overview

This diploma is the first year of our Bachelor of Accounting (Level 7). If you do well and enjoy the courses, you’ll be able to transition easily into degree-level study or move straight into work once you’ve graduated. 

You’ll gain an understanding of the general nature of business, the functions in an organisation and the critical role accountants play in the success of a business. 

The skills you’ll develop in this programme will set you up to support an accountant or an accounting team, such as:

  • Accounting skills for small businesses, including recording transactions and preparing financial statements, budgets and tax returns 
  • Personal skills, including problem-solving, developing and managing business relationships, managing your performance and understanding business ethics 


  • Get qualified and into work quickly. This qualification provides a pathway to becoming a registered accounting technician through Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CA ANZ) in just one year.
  • Apply for provisional CA ANZ membership. Once you’ve graduated, you can apply for provisional membership with CA ANZ. 
  • Work on practical assignments and real-world cases. Be prepared for what you’ll experience in accounting support roles.
  • Learn using the latest software and systems that real-world business owners employ to manage their finances, like Xero.
  • Wrap-around student support. Learn from a well-connected, expert teaching team dedicated to your success. If you need help at any stage, they’ll connect you with our various Student Services

Become a chartered accountant with further study

This programme is the first year of our Bachelor of Accounting (Level 7) programme – it’s the qualification you’ll need to work as a chartered accountant. Once you’ve successfully completed this qualification, you’ll have the admission requirements and preparedness to take on the higher-level study. 

Admission requirements

To enter this programme, you’ll need to have one of the following:

  • Achievement of NCEA Level 2 including: 
  • 8 Literacy credits at Level 2 or above; and 
  • 14 Numeracy credits at Level 1 or above 


  • An equivalent qualification.


  • Successful completion of an approved qualification at Level 3 or above with a relevant pathway. 

Don’t meet these requirements?

There may be other options available:

  • If you’re over 20 and have relevant skills/life experience, or
  • If you’re under 20 and have the relevant reading, writing and numeracy skills.

Simply apply online and we’ll be in touch about your next steps.

Additional requirements

When you apply for this programme, you must provide proof of your identity (ID) and other documents, such as academic certificates. Please have these handy when you’re ready to apply.

See what documents you may need to provide

English language requirements

You’ll need to meet the following English language requirement:

  • 8 NCEA literacy credits at Level 2 or above or equivalent

If you don’t meet this requirement, you must provide evidence that you have the English proficiency required.

For more information, download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2024; please check back again soon.

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