Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4)

Location

Online 

Duration
18 weeks full-time; part-time options available
Delivery

Delivered through the TANZ eCampus. Online activities – readings, discussion forums, research tasks and fact-finding. Study will be mainly self-directed and is flexible to suit your needs

Credits
60
Level
4
Start
Monthly
Apply
anytime
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Online (TANZ)
    28 October 2019
  • Online (TANZ)
    25 November 2019
  • Online (TANZ)
    5 August 2019
  • Online (TANZ)
    2 September 2019
Delivered through our TANZ eCampus

Graduates of this programme will have the skills and knowledge to start, operate, grow and sustain a small business in New Zealand. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue further, higher-level study. This fully online qualification includes the following courses - Planning and Finance, Marketing, Small Business Resources and Business Environment.

Please note: Learners under the age of 18 cannot apply for this programme.

What will I learn? 

Technical knowledge and skills

  • Develop a business plan for small business.
  • Develop and implement a system for monitoring and improving business performance.
  • Manage the finances for the business.
  • Manage the marketing activities of the business.
  • Implement technology options for the business.
  • Manage staff and human resource processes for the business.

People skills

  • Select and apply customer service techniques, to maximise customer satisfaction.
  • Develop and maintain effective business relationships with stakeholders.

Affective skills

  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner.
  • Maintain personal and/or professional growth for the ongoing effectiveness of the business.
  • Work independently and show initiative for achieving goals.

Business environment

  • Comply with internal policies, and legislation and other external requirements for the business.
Entry requirements

In the latter two situations, you will need to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence.  

 

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.0, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • must have NZCEL Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.

If you need to improve your English, we offer a range of English language programmes

 

Recommended requirements

  • Computer literacy is highly recommended in order to be able to cope with the online components of the courses.
Pathways into this programme 

The New Zealand Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3) provides the perfect pathway into this programme. 

Your Workload

This programme has a duration of 20 weeks full-time. This includes 18 teaching weeks and 2 weeks of study break.

Which includes a total of 600 learning hours which equates to approximately 33.5 hours of study per week for a full-time learner.

Please contact us to discuss part-time workload options.

Programme Structure

Course title

Level

Credits

Contact hours

Self-directed learning hours

Planning and Finance

4

15

56

94

Marketing 

4

15

56

94

Small Business Resources

4

15

56

94

Business Environment

4

15

56

94

Total

 

60

224

376

Course Descriptors 
1. Planning and Finance

To develop business planning skills including but not limited to financial management strategies

Learning Outcomes:

  • Produce a business plan.
  • Develop and implement a personal and professional development plan.
  • Interpret financial information and control financial activities to effectively manage the finances of a small business.
2. Marketing

To develop strategies for marketing a small business

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the marketing mix for a small business
  • Develop a marketing plan that aligns with the business plan for a chosen business
  • Develop strategies to develop lasting and satisfying professional relationships with customers
3. Business Resources

To develop strategies for resourcing a small business. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop strategies to manage staff and human resource processes for the business
  • Develop a plan to employ appropriate technology relevant to a small business.
  • Analyse the current financial, reputational and potential position of a small business to enable the development a plan for growth.
4. Business Environment

To develop an understanding of the legal and social environment that impacts on the establishment and operation of a small business

Learning Outcomes:

  • Employ strategies to develop lasting and satisfying professional relationships with stakeholders
  • Describe the legal requirements that ensure the chosen small business is compliant with national and local legislation
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviour, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner
Further study options

Graduates of this qualification may progress to:

 

*subject to final approval

Career opportunities for graduates

Graduates of this qualification will have the skills and knowledge to start, operate, and grow a small business in New Zealand.

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 life. www.capablenz.ac.nz

Disclaimer

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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