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New Zealand Diploma in Business (With Strands in Leadership and Management) Level 5

This course is available


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 with people who have general and specialised knowledge and skills that can be applied in a range of operational roles.

The overall aim of this programme is to transform learners by equipping them with knowledge, essential business skills, attitudes and values underpinning key leadership and management functions in typical business environments. The programme also aims to provide New Zealand business entities with people who are, or can be, employed in management roles at an operational level and who can contribute to the management and leadership of business entities to achieve agreed objectives and achieve the entity’s objectives at an operational level in a bi-cultural and multi-cultural environment.

The course consists of the following eight papers

  • 5200 Business Fundamentals
  • 5201 Professional Practice and Communication in Business
  • 5202 Contributing to Business Innovation and Change
  • 5210 Managing Business Operations
  • 5211 Business Planning
  • 5212 Leading Business Activities and Change
  • 5213 New Zealand Business Environment
  • 5214 Managing Projects

Graduate Outcomes

Apply knowledge of the principles and practices of operations, accounting, sales/marketing, human resources, and risk management to support the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the entity. Contribute in operational contexts to innovation and organisational change within a business entity.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have: Completed University Entrance, which requires: 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 Pangarau 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 5.5 with no band score lower than 5, or any equivalent approved by NZQA or 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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