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New Zealand Diploma in Business

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2024


UCOL Whanganui Campus


Develop your business skills and learn what it takes to succeed in the New Zealand business sector with UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Business.

Contribute to the strategic objectives of any organisation by applying the skills learnt in UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Business.

Choose to focus on Accounting or Leadership and Management.

The Accounting focus will qualify you to gain the academic requirements for the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) Accounting Technician (AT) designation.

Career & Study Outcomes

On completion of this programme you will be ready to take on a range of careers and will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in roles such as:

  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable administrator
  • Accounting technician
  • Finance administrator
  • Human resource manager
  • Management assistant
  • Middle management role
  • Operations leader
  • Payroll administrator
  • Team leader

Education pathway

In just one year, you will gain an industry-valued business qualification that will also serve as an ideal stepping stone for further business degree studies. This diploma provides one year of credit toward UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Management degree.

Course Information

This programme consist of 120 Credits. The courses includes:

Your studies will differ according to your chosen area of focus - Accounting or Leadership and Management.

UCOL Wairarapa only offers the Leadership and Management strand.


  • Business Environments (15 Credits)
  • Business Functions (15 Credits)
  • Organisations in a New Zealand Context (15 Credits)
  • Understanding Change (15 Credits)

Accounting Focus

  • Analysis of Financial Information (15 Credits)
  • Applied Accounting (15 Credits)
  • Budgets for Planning and Control (15 Credits)
  • Introduction to Accounting and Taxation (15 Credits)

Leadership and Management Focus

  • Business Planning (15 Credits)
  • Leadership (15 Credits)
  • Managing Projects (15 Credits)
  • Operations Management and Compliance (15 Credits)

Entry criteria

  • NCEA Level 3 OR
  • Equivalent academic achievement OR
  • On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

English language Requirement: IELTS - Academic: Score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5; TOEFL (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET - Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; NZCEL - Level 4 (General or Employment); and Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Score of 42 with no band less than 36.

Under 20 years of age

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country).

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