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New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) [Version 3]

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Level of Study



120 credit hours

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Kick start your business career with the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5).

When you study this qualification, you'll study three core courses then choose three courses in one of the following strands:

  • accounting

Career opportunities

This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge needed to work in a range of operational roles in New Zealand businesses.

You can choose what areas to specialise in, which will give you career opportunities in different roles:

  • As a graduate of the accounting strand you will have the skills to work as a finance administrator or accounting technician.
  • if you study the leadership and management strand you will have the skills and knowledge for an operational manager or leader role.

What you will learn

As well as knowledge in the area you specialise in, you will also learn about:

  • principles and practices of operations, accounting, sales and marketing, human resources and risk management
  • innovation and organisational change
  • communication skills and how to manage effective relationships
  • problem solving and decision making skills
  • how to manage learning and performance
  • behaving ethically
  • application of Treaty of Waitangi to business activities and relationships.

Study Pathways

After you complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) you can fast track to a Bachelor of Applied Management through our Advanced Standing programme. When you do, 120 credits from your New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) will go towards your degree.

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit.

Entry criteria

To study this qualification you need to have NCEA Level 2 or equivalent qualifications, including a minimum of:

  • eight Level 2 credits in English
  • four in writing
  • four in reading.
  • equivalent knowledge and skills

20 years old or over: If you are 20 years of age or over and do not hold the minimum entry requirements you will be eligible to be enrolled where your previous educational, work or life experience indicates you have a reasonable likelihood of success.

IELTS test – an Academic score of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5 or equivalent.
Cambridge English Qualifications - B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skills.

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