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Business 5

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5)


Course details

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This programme is designed to provide students with a broad base of business knowledge, and gain role-specific skills in either accounting or leadership and management.

All strands will learn about business operational functions, business communication, the New Zealand business context and interpersonal relationships.

In the accounting strand students will study financial transactions, financial statements, budgeting and taxation, and decision-making and analysis. This strand may equip graduates to work towards the academic requirements for CAANZ’s Accounting Technicians College.

In the leadership and management strand students will study business planning, project management, and leadership.

What you'll study

Students will study compulsory core modules, and choose a strand from Accounting or Leadership and Management.

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Group A - Common compulsory modules

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BIZM501Business Operations515
BIZM502People and Change515  
BIZM504New Zealand Business Context515

Group B - Compulsory modules for accounting strand

Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
ACCT511Accounting Processes515BIZM501
ACCT512Financial Statements515BIZM501 
ACCT513Budgeting and Taxation515BIZM501 
ACCT514Decision Making and Analysis515BIZM501


Group D: Compulsory modules for leadership and management strand
Module codeModule titleLevelCreditsPre-requisitesCo-requisites
BIZM521Business Planning515
BIZM522Leading Projects515  
BIZM523Leading in the Workplace515  
BIZM524Applied Business Planning515


Career/further opportunities:

Graduates of the Business 5 programme will have the skills and knowledge to work in senior supervisory or operational advisory positions.

Roles may include:

  • Accounting strand – finance administrator, inventory controller, accounts receivable/payable officer
  • Leadership and Management Strand – manager or team leader, supervisor at an operational level

Graduates may progress to further study:

Award of this qualification with the Accounting strand may equip graduates towards achievement of the academic requirements for CAANZ’s Accounting Technicians College.


Entry criteria

You can apply for this programme if you meet one of the below options.

Based on your school achievement (secondary school study)​

  • 40 credits at NCEA Level 2; including 10 literacy credits at NCEA Level 2 and 10 numeracy credits at NCEA Level 1;
  • Or a recognised equivalent.

Based on study completed after school (tertiary study)

  • Completed a New Zealand Certificate in Business (Level 4);
  • Or a recognised equivalent. ​

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) Academic band score of 5.5, with no individual band score lower than 5.0; 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.

Intake 001, starting February 2020

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

Intake 002, starting July 2020

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

What you will need

Please bring pen and paper with you on your first day.

Do you have more questions? Please email us.

Returning students, please check your timetable online.

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


Recommended Text Books:

ACCT513 & ACCT514- Financial & Managerial Accounting: The basis for Business Decisions (18th Ed.). William, Haka, Bettner, Carcello

BUAD533- Adminstrative Assistants and Secretary's Handbook 5th Edition

BIZM523- Introduction to Leadership. Northouse, Peter.

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

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Prospectus (course guide)

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