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).

Domestic

Duration
32 Weeks Full-time
Level
5
Credits
120
Fees
$7,000*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
On campus
Location
Dunedin
Intakes
February
July

International

Duration
32 Weeks Full-time
Level
5
Credits
120
Fees
$25,000*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
On campus
Location
Dunedin
Intakes
February
July

What You Study

Courses

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.

Workload

Your workload

You will spend approximately 12 hours per week in a face-to-face learning environment. In addition, you should expect to spend another 25 hours per week in activities directed by your lecturer and/or in independent study.

Entry

Entry requirements

  • You must be 16 years old by the start of this programme or provide an Early Release Exemption Form.
  • You also need to meet one of these requirements: 
  • NCEA Level 2 including 8 Literacy credits at Level 2 or above, and 14 Numeracy credits at Level 1 or above, or 
  • An equivalent of the above, or 
  • Successful completion of an approved qualification at Level 3 or above with a relevant pathway. 
  • Discretionary admission is available. 
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Our bridging to business programme (New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4) offers a great pathway into this diploma. 

If you're keen to study accounting, our New Zealand Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4) offers an alternative path. 

Fees

Domestic fees

Full tuition
Standard
$7,000

International fees

Full tuition
Standard
$25,000

Additional costs

You'll need to buy some text books and there may be some costs associated with possible field trips. 

Student Services Fee

For most students, your tuition fee shown above includes a Student Services Fee – also known as the Student Levy. This compulsory fee covers your access to the student services we offer. This cost is tailored depending on how you're studying.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don’t include additional costs or living costs.

Get in touch

0800 762 786
International +64 3 477 3014
Email: info@op.ac.nz