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New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5)

with strands in Accounting, Administration and Technology, and Leadership and Management


Course details


Elevate your business career and broaden your business knowledge by understanding the theories, practices and principles while gaining role-specific skills in a chosen strand.

This industry-relevant programme will develop your work-ready skills, teaching you to think conceptually and adapt to change. Before focusing on one of the three strands below, you will cover four core modules that apply to various operational business contexts.

Core modules cover the principles and practices of marketing, accounting, operations, human resources, and risk management, including internal and external environments, to inform decision-making. Learn to apply knowledge of te Tiriti o Waitangi to strengthen bicultural partnerships and relationships, as well as ethical practices in accordance with environmental, social and cultural contexts. You will also build your relationship and communication skills to apply innovative approaches to contribute to business performance and objectives.

Accountancy skills are in constant demand for the ability to plan and record financial performance. With this focus, you will investigate business software options, learn risk management, accounting principles and practices, and explore ethics, legislation and sustainable management strategies for financial efficiency. Gain the expertise to analyse and interpret financial information to inform decision-making across any entity. This strand equips graduates to work towards the academic requirements for CAANZ’s Accounting Technicians College.

Leadership and management
Expert leaders ensure targets align with strategic objectives and drive productivity and high performance. Organisations need highly capable and competent leadership to execute projects and manage scope, resources, and time efficiently. With this focus, you will develop skills to lead team motivation, engagement and workplace culture to positively impact business outcomes.

Administration and technology
Discover how to plan, organise, and manage business functions, operations and projects to support higher management. You will be exposed to a range of current and emerging business technologies and learn how to analyse and evaluate systems and processes to recommend improvements. This focus will give you the skills to problem-solve, communicate effectively, and apply critical thinking. This strand equips graduates to work towards certification by the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand (AAPNZ).

Completion of this programme provides a stepping stone into the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Management or Bachelor of Accounting with the accounting strand.

"I want to work in New Zealand’s financial sector in investing or accounting and initially studied the Business 5 diploma before moving into the Bachelor of Applied Management. After experiencing various types of tertiary learning before, I knew I could access more one-on-one opportunities with the tutors at Wintec."

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What you will study

Ākonga (learners) will study compulsory core modules and select modules outlined in their chosen strand. As a general guideline, you are expected to attend classes up to 16 hours per week (as a full-time ākonga). Scheduled classes are usually between 8am to 5pm. In addition, you are also expected to complete some self-directed study.

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Ākonga must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits consisting of 60 core credits and 60 strand credits.

Core credits (compulsory)

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BSNS5001Organisations in an Aotearoa New Zealand Context515
BSNS5002Business Environments515  
BSNS5003Business Functions515  
BSNS5004Change and Innovation515

Accounting strand

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
ACCY5101Introduction to Accounting and Taxation 515
ACCY5102Applied Accounting515  
ACCY5103Analysis of Financial Information515  
ACCY5104Budgets for Planning and Control515  

Administration and Technology strand

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BSNS5201Administration Systems and Processes515
BSNS5202Advanced Business Information515  
BSNS5203Applied Business Technologies515  
BSNS5204Office Management515  

Leadership and Management strand

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BSNS5401Introduction to Leadership515
Operations Management and Compliance
BSNS5403Business planning515  
BSNS5404Managing projects515  


Career/further opportunities:

Graduates will have the skills and knowledge to work in senior supervisory or operational advisory positions. Roles may include:

  • Accounting: Finance administrator, inventory controller, accounts receivable/payable officer.
  • Leadership and management: Manager, team leader, or supervisor at an operational level.
  • Administration and technology: Personal and executive assistant, project and event administrator, virtual assistant, office manager, or office administration team leader.

Graduates may also progress to further study such as our Bachelor of Applied ManagementBachelor of Accounting, or other relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above.


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet the below three admission requirements.

General admission
You are at least 16 years of age on the programme start date for the semester (or provide a completed Early Release Exemption form), and meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Achievement of NCEA Level 2 including:Or
  2. An equivalent of the above
  3. Successful completion of an approved qualification at Level 3 or above with a relevant pathway.

Discretionary admission
If you do not meet any of the above options, and you think you have what it takes to complete this programme, you can apply for discretionary admission. Your application may be accepted if you can demonstrate a good chance of success. Approval of discretionary entrance applications will be at the discretion of the Relevant Academic Authority.

English language admission requirements
International applicants must provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency and are required to have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) Academic band score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0 from one test taken in the last two years, or equivalent described in NZQA Rules.

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To check what you need to gain direct entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

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.

Semester 2 2024
Date: Thursday 18 July 2024
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus

If you are a new student, it is compulsory for you to attend your first day (induction) and we welcome you to bring whānau and friends to support you. You will be introduced to your tutors and new classmates, be given an overview of this programme, and receive a personalised timetable.

Returning students, please check your timetable to find your first day.

What you will need

Please bring a pen and notebook with you on your first day. There are no required textbooks, and workbooks will be available digitally in Moodle.

You have the option of bringing your own device (laptop or tablet). We strongly encourage this as you will be able to follow along more closely in some lectures and classes. All students also have access to computer labs and computers in the hub.

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 - payment and permits may be required. Learn more about parking and find out about bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri, your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

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. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

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Purchasing textbooks

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