New Zealand Diploma in Business New Zealand Diploma in Business

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Diploma2 years, part time and evening class options available.

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme code



$3,295 - $3,750


February, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

22 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street, Timaru, Ashburton and Oamaru


Develop a dynamic set of commercial skills and thrive in the business world with our comprehensive programme detailing all of the essential elements for your career success.

By the end of this programme you will be equipped with the core knowledge and the ability to problem solve, think critically, communicate effectively and work independently in a work situation.

You will cover all the general business basics including communication, commercial law, computing and economics and have the opportunity to specialise in areas such as accounting, marketing, human resources or management, sometimes collecting additional qualifications along the way.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete a minimum total of 240 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • 50 credits at Level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing. The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards.

  • and a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in mathematics (or Pangarau) on the National Qualifications Framework.

Alternative requirements
  • Equivalent relevant business experience.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements you are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










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Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment Form or an International Application Form

If you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

Your business knowledge will be useful in a wide range of jobs in the commercial world. You can enter specialised work in the accounting, marketing, human resources and management fields depending on which specialities you choose to study.

Study pathways

Our New Zealand Diploma in Business leads on to studies at a more advanced level.

You may decide to use it to gain entry (and credit recognition, usually 180 credits) to our Bachelor of Applied Management degree or by completing the correct courses also be awarded the Diploma in Human Resource Management, Diploma in Marketing, Diploma in Accounting and/or the NZIM Diploma in Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ICT
  • Economics
  • Business
  • Accounting