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New Zealand Diploma in Business

Level 6

Make the most out of your problem solving, people management, critical thinking and communication skills with UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Business.

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Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui

Duration: 2 years, full-time or part-time study options

Palmerston North
20 Feb 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

20 Feb 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$5,437.40Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

Contribute to the strategic objectives of any organisation by applying the skills learnt in UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Business.

The business studies course offers you the opportunity to learn a wide range of business skills and knowledge, including management, accounting, communication and law.

In just two-years, you will gain an industry-valued business qualification that will also serve as an ideal stepping stone for business degree studies.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Business will bring professionalism and contribute positively to any business. Their problem solving and communication skills will add value to decision making, and they'll be able to work effectively, both individually and in group settings. They'll be equipped to gain employment in:

  • Human resource management
  • Management
  • Accounting technician roles
  • Accounting assistance
  • Business administration

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Managers.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

Student & Staff Profiles

Industry Connections

  • Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) 
  • New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) 
  • Toyota NZ 
  • Central Economic Development Agency 
  • Morrison Creed Chartered Accountants 
This Diploma is well supported by industry and this strong industry involvement means that students are able to apply their knowledge and skills and develop an analytical approach to real world problems and issues.

Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants under 20 years of age:
  • A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level one or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework.
  • Fifty credits at level two or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level two or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 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 standard.

Or equivalent academic achievement, such as:

International Entry Requirements

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

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 (or equivalent). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). 

Applicants under 20 years of age:
There are specific academic entry requirements for international students under 20 years of age. Please enquire for details.

Advice & Guidance

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Business comprises 240 credits.

Students need reasonable English language skills to cope with the theory, reading and written assignments. The maturity to work in a self-directed manner in order to achieve the programme outcomes is highly desirable.

For students undertaking study in the e-learning mode, delivery will be primarily through an e-Learning environment.  Therefore, students will require access to a computer and the Internet, and will need basic computing skills.

Additionally, advice will be provided on the anticipated time commitment required in order to complete the programme successfully, and a study plan will be provided for each student.

The availability of a particular Elective (or Optional Course) is subject to an appropriate number of students enrolling in that Elective (or Optional Course).

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.

Course Information

Core Courses:
  • Accounting Principles
  • Introduction to Commercial Law
  • The Economic Environment
  • Organisations and Management
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Business Computing
  • Business Communication

A wide range of elective courses are available.


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.