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New Zealand Diploma in Business (With Strands in Leadership and Management) Level 6

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Level of Study



8 months

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


ICL Graduate Business School


The purpose of this programme is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand business entities with graduates who have general and specialised business knowledge and skills that can be applied in a range of strategic roles.

The overall aim of this programme is to equip learners with core business skills, attitudes, and values that form the crux of leadership and management functions in dynamic and constantly changing business environments. It provides opportunities for learners to interact in real or realistic business environments and emerge as graduates in a complex and ever-changing business world. The programme thus aims to provide New Zealand business entities with graduates who are or can be employed in a range of strategic roles within New Zealand business entities.

Graduates will benefit New Zealand business entities by contributing to the achievement of entities’ strategic objectives, through the application of knowledge and skills, in an ethical manner, in a bi- and multi-cultural environment.

The programme consists of eight papers:

6200 Strategic Business Planning,
6201 Facilitating Business Innovation and Change,
6202 Managing Business Environmental Factors,
6210 Applied Leadership and Management,
6211 Leadership for Business Transformation,
6212 Managing Business Resources,
6213 Planning and Managing Business Finances,
6214 Leading and Managing Projects.

Course scheduling: Four papers per 16-week trimester, each paper consisting of 5 contact hours per week – total 20 hours per week. Classes are normally scheduled over three or four days per week

Entry criteria

Applicants must have:

Completed a New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5), or
Have completed University Entrance which requires NCEA Level 3 including: 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in three different approved subjects. 10 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Maori (5 in reading, 5 in writing). 10 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau. or

A total of 50 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher including:

  • At least 12 credits in three different subjects. Your 50 credits must also include 8 credits in English or Teo Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing); and 14 credits at NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pungarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards. or

A qualification equivalent to 50 credits at NCEA Level 2.

International students for whom English is not a first language must either have: Met the English language proficiency outcomes defined below: IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5, or any equivalent approved by NZQA; or Have completed two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

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