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New Zealand Diploma in Business - Leadership and Management

Are you interested in working in business and to develop as a leader or manager? This one year Diploma is the prefect introduction to leadership and management. You’ll acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare you for the roles and activities where you will lead or manage people or projects. These are highly desirable skills to help you thrive in the business world.

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

Programme overview

This programme prepares you for the demands of a career in management. Graduates of this programme will develop the knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of a business. This includes:

  • Developing leadership skills
  • Understanding operations management and human resource management and change management
  • Techniques for continuous improvement
  • Contributing to business planning
  • Manage projects within scope, resources, and time

You'll learn the following people skills:

  • Negotiate and positively influence others to achieve the organisation's outcomes
  • Develop a positive workplace culture and team engagement
  • Promote compliance with internal and external requirements


  • Great introduction to the diverse field of business management
  • 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 leadership and management support roles
  • Industry experienced lecturers
  • Provides an excellent pathway to Unitec’s Bachelor of Business (Management) programme

Progression Pathway

New Zealand Diploma in Business – Leadership and Management courses is a pathway into the Bachelor of Business. The Bachelor of Business (Management) offers pathways to further your learning in Human Resources, Marketing or Operations specialisations.


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 Unitec 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.
Organisational Planning (BEBP5705) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To evaluate organisational planning processes to inform the creation a business plan.
Leadership (BEBP5706) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To investigate aspects of leadership and reflect on insights in to individual potential and that of others to become effective leaders.
Project Management (BEBP5707) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To gain knowledge of project management theory and apply it to a team project.
Operational Management and Compliance (BEBP5708) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To investigate operational issues and challenges in order to promote compliance and improve organisational performance.

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.