NZQA accredited provider

Level 5


Programme Name: New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Leadership and Management)
Acronym: NZDB, NZDipBus
Specialised Area: Business, Leadership, and Management
Programme Level: NZQF Level 5 (NZQA qualification number 2459)
NZQA accreditation listing
Programme Credits: 120 credits
Number of papers: 8 papers (15 credits for each paper)
Programme Length: 8-9 months
Tuition fee (International): $17,000 per academic year (8 papers = 1 academic year).
Tuition fee (Domestic): $4,000
Complimentary IELTS 6.0 training: Available to all students on the programme
Complimentary University/Polytechnic credit transfer: Available to all students on the programme

Programme Aim

The purpose of this qualification is to provide New Zealand business entities with individuals who have general and specialised business knowledge and skills that can be applied in a range of operational roles.

Graduate Profile

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

Core technical knowledge and skills: Apply knowledge of the principles and practices of operations, accounting, sales/marketing, HR, and risk management, to support the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the entity.
– Core technical knowledge and skills: Contribute in operational contexts to innovation and organisational change within a business entity.
– Core people skills: Develop and maintain operational business relationships with stakeholders for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
– Core people skills: Research and communicate information for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
– Core cognitive skills: Apply problem-solving and decision-making in operational contexts for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
– Core affective skills: Manage own and others’ learning and performance within an operational context for efficient and effective performance of the entity.
– Core affective skills: Apply professional and ethical behaviour, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner.
– Core business environment: Analyse the impact of internal and external environments on entities.
– Core business environment: Analyse how the origin and nature of the bi-cultural partnership (as embedded in the Treaty of Waitangi) can be applied to business activities and relationships.

Graduate Options

Academic Pathway    
Continue on to study the New Zealand Diploma in Business (NZDB, Level 6). It takes another 9 months. You may be able to transfer up to 60 credits towards a Bachelor Degree programme offered at a university in New Zealand (at the discretion of the university). Students graduating with the New Zealand Diploma in Business and Management (Level 5) from Elite Management School are eligible to transfer 120 credits to our partner in San Francisco, USA. Study for three further years to complete a US Bachelor Degree.

Who Should Enrol?

  • High school graduates who want to obtain an entry-level tertiary business qualification; and,
  • want to build a solid foundation for academic excellence; and,
  • are interested in potentially transferring up to 75 credits and continuing to study at a university in New Zealand; and,
  • are interested in meeting the entry criteria for our NZDB Level 6 programme.

Entry Requirement

Applicants may be interviewed to assess their suitability for the programme. They must be:

  • at least 18 years old; and,
  • an overseas high school graduate, or,
  • studying at a New Zealand high school, and are expecting to gain the following NCEA credits:
  • 50 NCEA credits at Level 2 or above, with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects
  • Literacy: 8 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 4 credits in reading and 4 credits in writing
  • Numeracy: 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or above

International students must have:

  • IELTS proficiency level in Academic English at a 5.5 level with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
  • TOEFL paper-based (pBT) 525 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE) ToEFL computer-based (iBT) 46 (with a writing score of 20) OR
  • Cambridge FCE, CAE or CPE, with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill. OR OET at Grade C in all sub-tests OR
  • Pearson (Academic) PToE score of 42 OR
  • NZCEL Level 3 with the Academic endorsement OR
  • City & Guilds IESOL B2 Communicator with a score of 42 OR

EMS provides NZQA approved alternative internal English proficiency assessments to eligible applicants.

Elite Management School provides an NZQA-approved alternative internal English proficiency assessment to eligible applicants.

Intake Schedule for the 2018 academic year

We offer three intakes per year. Our “intake clock” defines clearly the delivery activities we take in each week. It ensures that you are in control of your learning progression or any catch-up required. By following our intake schedule, most students will be able to complete the NZDB Level 5 programme in 9 months. After graduating, many students go on to complete the NZDB Level 6 programme. In most cases, students can expect to complete both qualifications in 18 months.

We offer the following intakes and start dates in 2018:

  • 12 March 2018
  • 2 July 2018
  • 22 October 2018

Immigration New Zealand Work Rights

International students are required to hold a valid Immigration New Zealand Student visa.

Students studying the New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 5 will be:

  • eligible to work part-time up to 20 hours per week and full-time work during scheduled vacations while studying; and
  • eligible for one year open Post-Study Work Visa on graduation (It leads to two-year Post-Study Work Visa with employer sponsorship); and
  • gaining 40 points under the Skilled Migrants category
  • gaining additional 30 bonus points for employment in regions outside Auckland.​​

For further information and enrolment details, please contact us: