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Business 5

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5)


Course details

Course details may change 
As part of our move into Te Pūkenga, we are excited to be part of a large-scale review of courses. This is ongoing, meaning some course details may change, including fees and entry requirements. In the meantime, applications are open, and we welcome you to apply. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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 will study

Students will study compulsory core modules and choose a strand from Accounting or Leadership and Management. As a general guideline, you are expected to attend classes up to 16 hours per week (as a full-time student). Scheduled classes are usually between 8am to 5pm. In addition, you are also expected to complete some self-directed study.

"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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View programme modules

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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To check what you need to gain 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.

Students starting Semester 1 2023

Date: Thursday 9 February 2023 
Time: 9am-12pm
Venue: Events Room 1, City Campus

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Date: Thursday 13 July 2023 
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 provided to you during class.

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 - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted 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

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

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

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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    Clinical placement

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