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

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jun 2023


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:

Programme Structure

Compulsory (all strands)

  • MGT100 Introduction to Accounting
  • MGT101 Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • MGT103 Introduction to Applied Management
  • MGT104 Introduction to Applied Marketing
  • MGT105 Business Communications

Administration and Technology Strand

  • MGT102 Introduction to Business Operations
  • MGT110 Workplace Relationships
  • MGT111 Administration Systems

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

School Leavers

Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, have completed a minimum of four years secondary education, and have attained a minimum of 12 NCEA credits at Level 2 in each of four approved subjects.

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).

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – 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 - a) Expiring Level b) Current:
  • Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

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