Otago Polytechnic

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



One year full-time; part-time options

On campus with face-to-face, self-directed and online learning 

February and July
Until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • CapableNZ
    1 January 2020
  • Dunedin
    20 July 2020
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
    22 November 2021 - 18 February 2022
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    18 April 2022 - 29 April 2022
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
    22 November 2021 - 18 February 2022
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    18 April 2022 - 29 April 2022
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
    28 June 2021 - 16 July 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
    28 June 2021 - 16 July 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
Focus on the skills you need to work effectively and successfully in a range of operational roles in business with this industry-relevant qualification.

Acquire the abilities and knowledge to make you a valued employee who can contribute from day one in an organisation or prepare for higher levels of learning and development. 

This programme is very practically-orientated which will make for a stimulating learning environment and give you real-world skills and capabilities which will be attractive to employers.  

A great springboard into further study, graduates of this programme are eligible to enter the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Management degree. You could also enter other relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above. 

You can study this programme at our Dunedin Campus and can study the Accounting, Leadership and Management, and an additional Administration and Technology strand online via the TANZ eCampus. 

Accounting graduates 

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. Amongst other things, you will learn how to prepare budgets, monitor business performance against budgets, 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 Finance Administrator, Inventory Controller, Accounts Receivable/Payable Officer. Graduates may also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions. 

Leadership and Management graduates

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. Amongst other things, 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.

Entry requirements 
  • The minimum academic entry criteria is NCEA Level 2 including 10 UE literacy credits; however it is preferred that applicants have achieved NCEA Level 3. 
  • Students older than 20 years of age must have equivalent life/work experience or an equivalent qualification to the above. 
  • 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.

Pathway to this programme

Our Bridging to business programme (New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation Level 4) offers the perfect pathway into this qualification. 

You will study  

This programme teaches you to think conceptually and to adapt to change. In particular, it is designed to enable you to: 

  • apply a broad range of generic business knowledge and skills as well as specialised knowledge and skills in your selected field of business
  • articulate the role of your field of business practice 
  • be proactive to changes in the local, national and global business environment
  • demonstrate business competencies including problem solving, decision-making, negotiating, and using technology effectively
  • develop and manage innovative approaches to business practice
  • practice business in a legal, sustainable, ethical and culturally-appropriate manner
  • appreciate the impact of different cultures on business practice in New Zealand 
  • communicate, collaborate and build networks effectively with a diverse range of individuals, teams and organisations
  • gather and select information from a diverse range of sources to inform business practice
  • take responsibility for continued learning and career development. 

You will begin by completing four core papers. This is then followed by a further four papers in the strand you are studying. The strand 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).

CORE Courses Credits
Business Functions 15
Business Environment 15
Organisations in a New Zealand Context 15
Principles of Change  15
Leadership and Management courses  
Organisational Planning 15
Organisational Management and Compliance 15
Leadership  15
Project Management 15
Accounting courses  
Preparation and Analysis of Financial Statements 15
Planning and Managing Financial Performance 15
Financial Accounting 15
Tax and Managing Financial Risk  15
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.

Additional costs 

Text books/possible field trips.

Student loans and allowances  

Full-time domestic students of this programme are eligible for student loans and allowances (dependent on age and financial circumstances). Please contact Studylink for additional information. Phone 0800 88 99 00 or visit: www.studylink.govt.nz

Recognition of Prior Learning 

If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your working life. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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