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New Zealand Diploma in Business

Level 6

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

Students work together in the Palmerston North atrium
Quick info

Level: 6

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, Online

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

Palmerston North
22 February 2016 - 2 December 2016
25 July 2016 - 30 June 2017
22 February 2016 - 2 December 2016
22 February 2016 - 1 July 2016
25 July 2016 - 2 December 2016

Domestic Fees:*
Palmerston North $5,342.10 Whanganui $4,694.0

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.

This national diploma in business studies 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

  • Human resource management
  • Management
  • Accounting technician roles
  • Accounting assistance
  • Business administration
  • Or staircase to further study with UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Management

Student & Staff Profiles

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business Graduate on campus

    Lux Adams

    New Zealand Diploma in Business Graduate

    Completing his diploma has created avenues for Lux’s family and future generations to give study a go.

    Meet Lux

Industry Connections

Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ)
New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM)
Toyota NZ
Destination Manawatu
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 to both the above.

International Entry Requirements

English Proficiency Entry Requirements:
The minimum entry requirement for international students is 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

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).

Students (enrolled prior to 2006) not completing the 240 credits necessary to obtain the New Zealand Diploma in Business Studies, Level 6 qualification but successfully completing at least 6 of the 7 core courses (120 credits) can apply for the Certificate in Business, Level 5.

Course Information

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


Elective Courses (6 courses required from the following (can include one from the list above) however; no more than 60 credits at level 4, and 80 credits must be at level 6. Note: UCOL does not offer all these courses.

  • Accounting Practices
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Business Finance
  • Taxation
  • The Law of Business Entities
  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Employment Relations
  • Applied Management


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.