New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) or (Leadership and Management)

Develop work-ready knowledge and skills that can be applied in a range of operational business contexts before choosing to focus on either Accounting or Leadership and Management. This programme will give you entry into the second year of the Bachelor of Applied Management or Bachelor of Accounting (you need to complete the Accounting focus for this option).

About the programme

This industry-relevant diploma focuses on the skills you need to work effectively in a range of operational roles. It is designed to give you the skills and competencies that are attractive to employers and required for future professional accountants.  

You'll gain the abilities and knowledge to make you a valued employee who can contribute to an organisation from day one, or continue studying towards higher levels of learning and development. 

Graduates of this qualification are eligible to enter the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Management or Bachelor of Accounting (if you complete the Accounting focus)  and you could also move into other relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above. 

Open Polytechnic/Te Pūkenga also offers this programme fully online. See the Accounting focus here and the Leadership and Management focus here

Study part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We offer part-time options for this programme as well. 


This programme teaches you to think conceptually and to adapt to change. It's designed to allow you to: 

  • Analyse the operational impact of internal and external environments on a business entity to inform decision-making.
  • Apply broad knowledge of the principles and current practices of operations, accounting, marketing/sales, human resources, and risk management, to support the performance of a business entity.
  • Contribute operationally to innovation and organisational change in a business entity.
  • Develop and maintain operational business relationships with stakeholders to support the performance of a business entity.
  • Apply knowledge of te Tiriti o Waitangi to analyse how the resulting bicultural partnership can be applied to operational business activities and relationships.
  • Apply professional and ethical practices with integrity, in accordance with the operational environmental, social and cultural requirements of the context, and apply personal and interpersonal skills to contribute to the achievement of business operational objectives. 

Course structure

You will begin by completing four core papers. These are followed by a further four papers in your chosen focus area.

Your focus does not need to be chosen until the third block of study. In total, eight papers are studied and each is worth 15 credits (120 in total).

Learners starting in July will begin with either Leadership & Management or Accounting, then study the core courses the following February. 

Core Courses Credits
Business Functions 15
Business Environments 15
Organisations in an Aotearoa New Zealand Context 15
Change and Innovation 15
Leadership & Management Courses  
Business Planning 15
Organisational Management and Compliance 15
Introduction to Leadership 15
Managing Projects 15
Accounting Courses  
Analysis of Financial Information  15
Applied Accounting 15
Introduction to Accounting and Taxation 15
Budgets for Planning and Control  15
Total 120

Leadership and Management focus

All business organisations need highly capable and competent members of a team who demonstrate the potential to lead staff, ensure targets align with strategic objectives, manage projects, and contribute to business planning to achieve high performance and productivity.

You will learn how to lead others to implement activities that lead to high productivity, manage projects within scope, resources and time, and develop a positive workplace culture and team engagement.

Graduates of the Leadership and Management strand will have the skills and knowledge to work or gain employment at an operational level within New Zealand businesses.


Accounting focus

People with accountancy skills and qualifications are in constant demand for their ability to plan and record the financial performance of every kind of venture.

Among other things you will learn how to prepare budgets, evaluate business performance, determine internal controls to minimise financial risk, and analyse and interpret financial information to inform decision-making. 

Graduates of the Accounting strand will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in accounting roles such as Accounting Technician, Accounts Receivable/Payable Officer, Payroll Officer, or Finance Administrator. Graduates may also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions. 

Please note: All courses mentioned in this schedule are compulsory. This is a tentative schedule of courses; the School of Business reserves the right to change the occurrence of a course.