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New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business)

Level 4

Gain the skills and knowledge to work in, start, operate, and grow a small business in New Zealand with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business).

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui

Duration: Half a year

Dates:
19 Feb 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$3,408.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

From developing an entrepreneurial idea, through to pitching a new business concept to investors, the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) will equip you with all the skills and knowledge you need. 

This business programme provides a strong foundation in small business and enables innovative ideas to become reality.

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) will have the skills and knowledge to work in, start, operate, and grow a small business in New Zealand.

Technical knowledge and skills

  • Business plan development and pitching
  • Business performance monitoring and improvement
  • Financial management and accounting
  • Marketing, social media and communication
  • Technology and business systems solutions
  • Staff management and human resources
  • Professional development and business innovation

People and communication skills

  • Customer service
  • Stakeholder relationship building
  • Public relations
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Managers.

Education pathway

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) graduates gain automatic entry and can progress onto the following programmes:


Course Information

  • Business Environment and Law
  • Finance and Technology
  • Human Resources and Professional Development
  • Marketing and Communication

Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA level 2 (including 10 literacy credits at level 2 and 10 numeracy at level 1) or equivalent;
OR
New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to small business) (Level 3);
OR
Equivalent academic achievement on a case-by-case basis; 
OR 
At the discretion of the Executive Dean.

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
The minimum entry for international students is an IELTS General or Academic Level 5.5 with no band lower than 5, taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (or equivalent, including TOEFL). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre

Applicants under 20 years of age: 
Applicants under 20 years of age must provide evidence of an equivalent academic qualification that meets the relevant programme requirements for entry. Please refer to the International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria Guidelines for more details.

Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) comprises 60 credits.

There is no work experience component for this programme of study.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.
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