New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 5 — Accounting

Diploma in Business level 5 in Auckland

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One year full time


Aimi Wood
Business Lecturer
Armin Wartanian
Business Lecturer
Bruce Minogue
Business Programme Leader


Business Department

This Diploma is based on 120 credits selected from a wide range of available topics. It covers advanced application of skills required for good business understanding. The New Zealand Diploma of Business Level 5 is degree comparable and approved by the NZ Qualifications Authority.

Intakes: January, March, June, August, October

The purpose of this qualification is to provide New Zealand business entities with people who have general and specialised business knowledge and skills that can be applied in a range of operational roles.

Graduates will benefit New Zealand business entities by contributing to the achievement of entities’ operational objectives, through the application of knowledge and skills, in an ethical manner, in a bi- and multi-cultural environment.

In addition, graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for application in operational roles in New Zealand business entities, depending on which strand is achieved.

Graduates will be able to:

  • Record and process a wide range of financial transactions.
  • Apply accounting concepts and standards to prepare financial statements and reports.
  • Prepare budgets and monitor business performance against budgets.
  • Analyse and interpret financial information to inform decision-making.
  • Apply tax rules for individuals and small businesses.
  • Determine internal controls to minimise financial risk.
  • Evaluate debtor risk and apply relevant actions to mitigate.
  • Act in accordance with the accounting profession’s Code of Ethics.
  • Research and communicate technical financial information for a business entity’s performance.

Possible Study Opportunities

Graduates may progress to New Zealand Diploma in Business – Accounting) (Level 6), Business qualifications at degree level, relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above.

Accounting qualification may equip graduates towards achievement of the academic requirements for NZICA’s Accounting Technicians College.

Possible Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in accounting roles such as: finance administrator, inventory controller, accounts receivable/payable officer.  Graduates may also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions.

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Occupation Outlook

The latest occupation outlook information released by New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. It is a great tool for exploring study and career options, with extensive information on labour supply and demand in over 100 occupations in New Zealand. The app outlines how to enter each role, how many are studying in related fields, how many are employed, and what the average incomes are. It also outlines what are the prospects of getting a job in that occupation once you have completed the qualifications required.

Please use the individual learning intention to determine what you want to be, to match with the qualification of enrolment to determine what you need to learn, further match with the occupation information in New Zealand supports your understand what employment opportunity may available to you after qualification completion.

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While studying in the programme, students can work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year.

To be admitted to the programme, you need to meet the following requirement:

  • Have completed at least a Certificate in Business Level 3 or 4, or
  • New Zealand Year 12 Secondary Schooling or international equivalent; or
  • Have at least two years of relevant work experience at a managerial position;

International students whose English is not their first language must provide evidence of competency in English language equivalent to:

  • An overall score of IELTS (Academic) 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0; or
  • An overall score of Pearson Test (Academic) 42; or
  • Have successfully completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4).


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