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Business 4

New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 4)


Course details

  • Jul 2020
    Feb 2021
  • One semester
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • $3,362*
  • You may qualify for fee free study under Fees-Free Policy
  • Level 4
  • Hamilton City Campus or Ōtorohanga


This programme covers advanced business administration and computing skills for clerical, administrative or secretarial roles. Throughout the semester students will have the opportunity to put their learning into practice through work experience in a local business.

What you will learn

Study topics

  • How to produce complex business documents
  • How to select, apply and review appropriate business technologies and digital applications
  • Business financial applications, tools and technologies
  • Systems to manage, maintain and administrate processes and services
  • Customer service techniques
  • Team work
  • Problem solving
  • Communication with stakeholders

View programme modules

Module code Module name Level Credits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
BUAD401Business Financial Administration415  
BUAD402Business Documents415  
BUAD403Business Technologies415  
BUAD404Business Administration415  

Real work place environment

Students will learn in Wintec’s Centre for Business and Enterprise in a simulated office setting. They will use the latest version of Microsoft Office, be introduced to a range of useful and relevant web based tools and applications, and learn from highly qualified, industry experienced tutors.​

As part of their study students will undertake work placement in an organisation.

Scheduling and workload

As a general guideline the expectation is students will be required to be at Wintec up to 5 days per week (as a full-time student). This can be from Monday – Friday anytime between 8am and 7pm. The maximum in-class time would be 16 hours per week plus self-directed study or work placement.

Career/further opportunities

The Business 4 programme will lead to a variety of office-related jobs such as receptionist, office junior, administrator, records officer or data processor.


Entry criteria

Candidates can gain entry to this programme by meeting one of the following criteria:

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 1; including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits;
  • Or a recognised equivalent

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed the New Zealand Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology) Level 3;
  • Or a relevant qualification at NZQF Level 2;
  • Or a recognised equivalent qualification

Based on discretionary entrance

If you don’t meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary entrance. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications is decided by the relevant manager. If your application is approved, your acceptance into further programmes relies on you demonstrating success in this programme.

English language requirements

Candidates who have English as a second language are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5; or equivalent.

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Business pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

Hamilton Intake 001, starting February 2020

Date: Thursday 13 February 2020
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Event Room 1, City Campus

Hamilton Intake 002, starting July 2020

Date: Thursday 9 July 2020
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Event Room 1, City Campus


What you will need

Timetable information book and equipment list will be available at programme induction. 
Please bring pen and paper with you on your first day.

Do you have more questions? Please email us.

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out where and when the next Pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course related costs

Additional information


Cumpulsory Text for BUAD401 - MYOB Book. Pen to Paper, $40.00.

Recommended Text BUAD402 & BUAD404 - Administrative Assistants and Secretary's Handbook 5th Edition. Wintec, $60.00.

Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

Hamilton-based supplier

  • Bennetts (Bennetts has a store operating on campus at the University of Waikato, Hamilton)

New Zealand-based suppliers

General book suppliers

First aid certificate

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Clinical placement

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

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