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New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Administration and Technology Strand)

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Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jun 2024


Southern Institute of Technology


This qualification provides learners with core technical knowledge, people, cognitive, affective, and business environment skills.

The programme is structured with core technical papers, then three elective papers.

For New Students to this Programme of Study:

Please undertake 8 papers to complete this programme.

The core compulsory papers in all strands are: BSNS5001, BSNS5002, BSNS5003 and BSNS5004

The 4 compulsory papers for the Administration and Technology strand as follows:

Administration and Technology Strand: BSNS5201, BSNS5202, BSNS5203 and BSNS5204

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 5), and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 5).
The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 5) full-time over 1 year or part-time over a maximum of 5 years.

Career Opportunities

In addition to gaining core knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to the achievement of organisational strategic objectives, graduates of the leadership and management strand will gain the following specific knowledge and skills to apply to a relevant administrative position in an organisation:

Technical Knowledge and Skills

  • Manage and lead people to enable them to achieve personal and entity goals for efficient and effective performance of the entity
  • Lead and implement change within the entity for efficient and effective performance of the entity
  • Lead and manage projects and/or entity initiatives
  • Access and manage resources to improve entity performance
  • Analyse and apply financial information to make informed decisions and forecasts for efficient and effective performance of the entity

People Skills

  • Communicate with stakeholders to engage them with the strategic vision of the entity
  • Lead and model an entity culture and/or values that support success for efficient and effective performance of the entity

Business Environment

  • Management compliance with internal and external requirements
  • Analyse the impact of operating in a global context on entity goals and on modern business practice

Entry criteria

To be eligible for admission to this programme, all applicants must meet three admission requirements:

Requirements for either General or Discretionary admission
Any additional Programme specific requirements
Language Literacy requirements

General Admission

To be admitted to this programme all applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the date of the programme’s commencement for the semester in which they wish to enrol (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form), and meet one of the following requirements:

i. Achievement of NCEA Level 2 including:

8 Literacy credits at Level 2 or above; and
14 Numeracy credits at Level 1 or above


ii. An equivalent of the above


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

Mature Applicants

Applicants over the age of 20 years will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme (e.g. Record of Learning, or Curriculum Vitae).

IELTS test: Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 4 (General) or (Employment). Language Cert - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) HIGH PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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