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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 general nature of business, the functions within an organization and the critical role accountants play in the success of 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.

You will also learn the personal skills necessary to operate effectively in the Aotearoa New Zealand business environments including problem-solving, developing and managing business relationships, managing your own performance, and understanding business ethics.


  • 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 NCEA L2 including 10 UE literacy credits or equivalent

2. Be 16 years old before the programme starts

3. Evidence of English language proficiency in certain cases (Note: International applicants and any Domestic applicants for whom English, Māori or NZ Sign is not their first language must also provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the Programme as demonstrated through an IELTS score of 5.5 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.0, or equivalent, from one test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules and on the English Language Requirements for International Students Web-page.)

Don't meet the requirements? We also accept applicants who:

a. Attained the age of 20 years on or before the first day of the semester in which study for the programme is to commence; and

b. Provided sufficient evidence of aptitude or appropriate work or other life experience that would indicate a successful outcome in the qualification.

Applicants may be required to attend a skills assessment.

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.

Courses Credits Aim
Organisations in a New Zealand Context (BEBP5105) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To identify the risks, ethical behaviour and bi-cultural nature of business entities in New Zealand.
Business Environments (BEBP5106) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To analyse the environment in which business entities operate and to address identified performance issues and risks.
Business Functions (BEBP5107) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To investigate how the principles of relevant business functions and internal relationships influence performance improvement.
Principles of Change Management (BEBP5108) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To analyse change, innovation and sustainable management in business entities and make decisions for performance success.
Financial Accounting (BEBP5605) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to record and process a wide range of financial transactions manually and using accounting software, apply accounting concepts and process balance day adjustments for a business entity registered for Goods and Services Tax (GST) and demonstrate the effect on the financial statements.
Planning and Managing Financial Performance (BEBP5606) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to prepare budgets, monitor performance against budgets, and act in accordance with the accounting profession’s Code of Ethics to research and communicate technical financial information for a business entity’s performance.
Preparation and Analysis of Financial Statements (BEBP5607) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) Apply accounting concepts and standards to prepare financial statements, calculate ratios and analyse financial performance and interpret financial information to inform decision making for a business entity.
Tax and Managing Financial Risk (BEBP5608) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand and apply: tax rules for individuals and small businesses, internal controls to minimise financial risk for a business entity, methods to evaluate debtor risk and relevant actions to mitigate risks for a business entity.

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.