Bachelor of Applied Management

offered majors include Accounting, Business Information Systems, Leadership and Management, and Māori Enterprise

Auckland International, Whangarei
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Get ahead in the business world

Learn in an interactive learning environment that reflects the changing nature of business nationally and globally. You will gain an understanding of the factors that impact people’s behaviour in organisations, learn processes to manage projects and change in the workplace, and explore developing and managing people. You have the opportunity to apply your learning to the real world in an industry project.

NorthTec delivers this degree programme in collaboration with six other major polytechnics in New Zealand. Sharing resources, knowledge and research capabilities ensures our students benefit from the latest teaching and management practices to ensure their future success.

A range of majors and elective courses are offered in this programme and may vary in each academic year. The majors available for 2020 include:

Accounting Major (Whangārei only)

The accounting major is accredited by both Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia to support you to become a professionally qualified accountant and register with their respective institutes. The blend of accounting and business knowledge you’ll gain, together with professional competence you’ll develop, will open up a range of rewarding career paths.

Learn more about becoming a professionally qualified accountant.

Leadership and Management Major (Whangārei & Auckland)

There is more to management than being a good leader. It means having an understanding of the complexities of management processes, planning and the New Zealand business environment. Advance yourself – gain the tools to motivate, engage, make change, achieve objectives, manage workflows and ensure you are meeting all your necessary legal and organisational requirements as a manager.

Māori Enterprise Major (Whangārei only)

Our unique Māori World view, language and culture is an amazing point of difference recognised all over the globe! Mātauranga Māori (traditional Māori knowledge) has a huge contribution to make to help design principled-based solutions throughout the business world and wider community. While designed with tangata whenua in mind, the Māori Enterprise Major is actually for anyone who is interested in Māori enterprise. The major focuses on Māori values, practices and perspectives on organisations, business and industry.

Business Information Systems Major (Auckland only)

Skills covered range from e-commerce and web design through to financial information systems and programming.

What you will learn

This is a focused and practical study programme that will ensure you are "work ready" for employment in industry and business and provide you with a global view of business and commerce.

  • Communication – The capacity to communicate skilfully in interpersonal, group and intercultural situations.

  • Ethics – The capacity to think critically through the ethical issues inherent in business situations.

  • Problem solving – The capacity to solve problems, accomplish tasks, think independently and contribute immediately to the organisation’s decision making.

  • Mindfulness – An awareness of and respect for the diversity of the local and global business environment.

  • Learning – To Learn the understanding of how they learn as individuals, how they continue to learn after their formal studies have finished and how they can contribute to organisational learning.

  • Applied – Our graduates are work ready. They apply their learning during their courses to projects and real business solutions.

The core courses (papers) for all majors are:

Core Courses (All majors) Level Credits
NZB502 - Business Environments 5 15
NZB503 - Business Functions 5 15
NZB501 - Organisations in a New Zealand Context 5 15
NZB504 - Understanding Change 5 15

In addition to the core courses listed above, each major has further compulsory courses and elective courses. Available courses may vary in each academic year.

People who want to study business for professional development purposes can now choose to take individual courses (papers) at NorthTec. You can select individual papers/courses to suit your needs. On successful completion of a paper/course you will gain a Certificate of Proficiency. View available courses.

Study and Career Pathways

The first year of this degree is aligned with the courses for the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5).

Students who have completed the NZIM Diploma in Management, New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) or New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) or similar at NorthTec or other institutions are welcomed and encouraged to transfer their courses to Bachelor of Applied Management.

Students who have completed courses in the Bachelor of Applied Management programme at Otago Polytechnic, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology or other tertiary institutions will receive the specified credit for those courses where NorthTec has appropriate approvals in place.

On completion of this programme, you will have a sound understanding of the dynamic and changing environment in which management takes place, enabling you to apply your knowledge at both operational and strategic levels in a range of industries, businesses and professions including: Professionally Qualified Accountant, Project Manager, Business Consultant, Strategic Manager, Entrepreneur, Event Manager, Business Development Manager, Chief Executive, Sales and Marketing Manager, Hospitality, Account Manager, Government, Health, Human Resource Manager.

Workload & schedule

To be awarded the Bachelor of Applied Management (endorsed with specified major) students will successfully complete the following offered in the programme of study:

  • 360 credits with a minimum of 75 credits at Level 7; and

  • a minimum of 120 credits at Level 5; and

  • all core and compulsory courses specified within each major.

Most courses are worth 15 credits which equates to 150 hours of study. Students completing the Industry Project are required to complete 200 hours of work experience as part of the course.

Our lectures are supported by e-learning resources. These consist of lecture presentations, additional reading, discussion forums and other resources which help reinforce your learning.

Additional costs

There are additional costs for textbooks, which varies from $50 to $150 per course. Class materials are $50.

Admission information

Applicants under 20 years of age require a minimum of NCEA Level 3 with University Entrance.

Applicants aged 20 years or over need to must provide evidence of their ability to successfully study at tertiary level. Level 4 or 5 courses or programmes are preferred.

All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must achieve an IELTS academic score of no less than 6.0 (with no bands lower than 5.5) or hold an equivalent score from a recognised alternative English Proficiency Test.

All applicants may be required to undertake an internal NorthTec English language placement test to confirm their current level of English proficiency. This will include writing and speaking components.


Bachelor of Applied Management which may be endorsed with a major:

  • Accounting

  • Business Information Systems

  • Leadership and Management

  • Māori Enterprise

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time/Part time


3 academic years

Start Dates

Whangarei: Feb 2022
May 2022
Jul 2022
Oct 2022

Auckland (International Students Only): 24 Jan 2022
4 Apr 2022
20 Jun 2022
29 Aug 2022
7 Nov 2022

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,110.14 (Year 1)

Student levy may apply

International: $19,760*

*120 credits - per academic year

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