Diploma in Business

Testing Area

Programme Code: CH3965

Level: 5

Credits: 120

Commences: February, July

Applications Due: Accepted all year

Annual Fees: $3,200 - $3,750

International Fees: $17,950

Additional Costs: Advised before enrolment

Location: Madras Street campus

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an Admission and Enrolment form or an International Application form.

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes. 

Alternatively, 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

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Computing/ ICT
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Key Information Set

Entry Criteria

Minimum entry criteria

NCEA or other evidence of literacy, numeracy and ability to study at the appropriate level. See 'additional criteria' for details.

Additional criteria

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 (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.

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. IELTS 6.0 Academic (no lower than 5.5 in any subtest). For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

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


1 Year

The minimum amount of time to complete this qualification.

Student Success

Successful course completions within the qualification 71%

The percentage of students who successfully completed courses towards this qualification in the last year.

Students retained in study 70%

The percentage of students who have completed this qualification or re-enrolled in this qualification or at this provider in the following year.

NZ Graduate Destinations

Young graduates in employment* 52%

The percentage relates to young graduates who completed this qualification nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.

Young graduates in further study* 37%

The percentage relates to young graduates who completed this qualification nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.

Median earnings of young graduates* $34,680.00

The median earnings relate to young graduates who completed the qualification nationally and does not relate specifically to graduates who completed qualifications at this TEO.

*in the second year following completion of a qualification

Estimated Total Fees

Government Contribution (GST exclusive)


The average government contribution towards the tuition fees for students studying this qualification.

(This information is an estimate only based on Student Achievement Component funding in the last year.)

Student Contribution (GST Inclusive)


The average tuition fees students paid to study this qualification.

(This average is indicative only based on courses students enrolled in last year. Your qualification may be made up of courses which differ from the average on which the estimate is based.)

For more information on loans and allowances visit: Student
Loan Information

(Note: all information relates to domestic students only)

About the Key information Set


There are many career options in the business world, explore different facets of business in our diploma with specialist areas of study including, marketing, accounting and human resources.

In our full time one-year diploma you will gain practical skills and knowledge in general business areas such as communication and management. You will also have the opportunity for introductory study in specialist areas such as accounting, marketing, computing, law and economics.

Note: The Diploma in Business is an exit qualification from the NZ Diploma in Business and therefore only students who either exit from the NZ Diploma in Business after completing the required 120 credits or who had enrolled directly into the Diploma in Business are eligible for the award.

Career opportunities

As a graduate of our diploma programme you will have gained the skills and knowledge required for general assistant positions in businesses of all types and sizes.

Study pathways

With this qualification complete you may like to spend another year studying and also complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business which will in turn give you entry and credit recognition for our Bachelor of Applied Management.

Programme structure

To complete this programme you are required to complete a minimum total of 120 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.