New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 5)

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Become that indispensable lynchpin

Every business needs that one person that holds all the administrative strands together, making sure the business runs smoothly and well. But, it takes skill and expertise to deliver at that level.  If you need to gain the skills and knowledge to be that person, then this could be the course for you.

Coaching Support

Unsure about studying online? Face to face on-campus sessions are available for this programme in Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Kaikohe and Whangārei.  You will be able to get support for course related questions and assessment work.

Who is this for?

If you are looking for a new career path in an administrative role, or perhaps you are seeking that next promotion, then the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Administration and Technology) (Level 5) could help you reach up and grab that new opportunity! It doesn’t matter what sector you are in, the skills you gain while studying for this qualification will be valuable and relevant in securing that executive assistant, office manager or administration team leader role.

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.

Coaching support and study spaces

NorthTec offers study spaces where you will be able to meet new people, gain support from an experienced tutor in this field, put a face to the names on your forums and learn more about the course. We have free Wi-Fi, kitchenette, coffee, tea, snacks and milo.

Take advantage of highly skilled and experienced tutors accessible to answer questions and provide you the support to help, guide and direct you.

What you will learn

  • Core administrative services, systems and process - To excel in an administrative function you need to really understand your clients’ needs and expectations and how you fit in with regard to delivery. This qualification will ensure you have a sound knowledge of all administrative functions and will provide you with the knowledge to meet expected requirements of the role, providing smart solutions to solve administrative problems.

  • Business technologies - Technology is changing rapidly. If you don’t keep abreast of changes in the work environment you will get left behind. But how do you know what you don’t know?  You take on extra study that guides and informs you about new opportunities and methodologies. That is what this qualification will deliver.

  • Managing change - Change is a constant in our lives and learning how to drive and manage change within a business environment is a necessity. You need to be able to understand the reasons for change, the impacts on your role and how to adapt to maximise the opportunities.

  • How NZ organisations operate - Every country has slightly different ways of working within a commercial and corporate environment. You need to understand the lie of the land when it comes to the NZ context and study will help provide that piece of the jigsaw.

Courses in this programme

To gain a New Zealand Diploma in Business (​Administration and Technology) (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
Administration and Technology strand Level Credits
NZB513 - Administration Services 5 15
NZB514 - Administration Systems, Processes and Projects 5 15
NZB515 - Business Technologies 5 15
NZB516 - Business Information Management 5 15

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.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Diploma in Business (​Administration and Technology) (Level 5)

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


36 weeks full time
72 weeks part time

Start Dates

Online (eCampus): Rolling monthly intakes

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $5,285.60

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


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