New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) (Level 5)

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Become the numbers guru.

Gain the knowledge and confidence needed to advance your career you need to have a great grasp of all aspects of business management – including accounting!

You can gain that skill and knowledge to ensure you are meeting all the necessary financial requirements.

Who is this for?

If you are already carving out your career path in the corporate sector and you need additional skills, then undertaking the New Zealand Diploma in Business could be the answer.

What you will learn

  • Accounting knowledge: If you want to contribute at a more senior level within your work environment, you need to have a sound understanding of the technical components of accounting.  You will learn how to record and process a wide range of financial transactions and apply the correct accounting standards when preparing financial statements and reports.

  • Minimise business risk: Having the right knowledge to minimise business risk is essential when operating within a leadership role. This expertise is even more important when it applies to the financial area of a business. You need to understand the internal and external controls and processes that are required within a business to minimise risk as well as full knowledge of legal and professional requirements.

  • Make informed decisions: Effective, informed and accurate decision making is a core requirement. You need to be able to analyse and interpret financial information accurately and with confidence to make informed decisions, prepare budgets and monitor performance.  The right knowledge will give you that confidence.

  • Accounting professions code of ethics: Trusted roles within a business generally have a professional body that oversees member behaviour and practice. The code of ethics provides an important and informed guide about what is and what isn’t acceptable business behaviour.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have:

  • A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and

  • Fifty credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; of which 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and

  • The literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at Literacy requirements for University Entrance.

or equivalent to the above, or New Zealand University Entrance.

English requirements
All applicants must have a level of English sufficient to be able to study at this level. Those applicants for whom English is not a first language must have:

  • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 6.0 issued within the last two years, with not less than 5.5 in any category; or

  • A test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 60 in the computer-based test (with a writing score of 20), or at least 550 in the paper-based test (with an essay score of 5 TWE), issued in the last two years; or

  • A qualification equivalent to the above; or

  • Complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieve either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.


To gain a New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) (Level 5) you are required to complete the following EIGHT courses.

Compulsory Courses Level Credits
NZB501 - Organisations in a New Zealand Context 5 15
NZB502 - Business Environments 5 15
NZB503 - Business Functions 5 15
NZB504 - Understanding Change 5 15
Accounting strand Level Credits
5574.509 - Introduction to Accounting and Taxation 5 15
5574.510 - Applied Accounting 5 15
5574.511 - Analysis of Financial Information 5 15
5574.512 - Budgets for Planning and Control 5 15

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 from the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) (Level 5)New Zealand Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) (Level 5) or the Bachelor of Applied Management to suit your needs. On successful completion of a paper/course you will gain a Certificate of Proficiency.

Qualification Gained

New Zealand Diploma in Business (Accounting) (Level 5)

Study Options

Study face-to-face (Whangārei)

We offer this programme at our Raumanga campus, with experienced tutors who can help you navigate your study.  We offer a supportive and well equipped location with access to library and student support services. You will study alongside other students embarking on the same journey as you and you will have a wide network of educational experts to help you along your path to success.

You can choose to study full-time, or part-time face-to-face with us, or a combination of online and face to face to fit your individual needs.

About eCampus NZ

The eCampus NZ online learning platform is a collaboration by New Zealand’s major tertiary providers to provide quality education to New Zealanders no matter where they live. The eCampus platform is easy to use, flexible and supportive. You will be able to access course material, upload assignments and chat to other students through our private online forum. Our portal also keeps you up to date with the latest course information including news, events and important details.

As an eCampus online student you can learn at your own pace and fit your study around your work, family and lifestyle. All study is completely online – with dedicated facilitators and advisors to help you along the way.

It is possible to study individual courses/papers from within eCampus programmes without completing the full qualification. If you are interested in only competing specific courses/papers please contact the eCampus team to find out more about how this works.

Click here to learn more about eCampus NZ.

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

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Full time/Part time


1 year full-time

Start Dates

Online (eCampus): Rolling monthly intakes

Feb 2021
May 2021
Jul 2021
Oct 2021

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $6,154.96

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Student levy may apply

International: Enquire

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