What will I learn?

Develop your business skills and learn what it takes to succeed in the New Zealand business sector with UCOL’s New Zealand Diploma in Business.

Contribute to the strategic objectives of any organisation by applying the skills learnt in UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Business.

Choose to focus on Accounting or Leadership and Management.

The Accounting focus will qualify you to gain the academic requirements for the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ) Accounting Technician (AT) designation.

Career & Study Outcomes

On completion of this programme you will be ready to take on a range of careers and will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in roles such as:

  • Accounts assistant
  • Accounts payable administrator
  • Accounting technician
  • Finance administrator
  • Human resource manager
  • Management assistant
  • Middle management role
  • Operations leader
  • Payroll administrator
  • Team leader

Education pathway

In just one year, you will gain an industry-valued business qualification that will also serve as an ideal stepping stone for further business degree studies. This diploma provides one year of credit toward UCOL’s Bachelor of Applied Management degree.

Course Information

Your studies will differ according to your chosen area of focus - Accounting or Leadership and Management.

Core Courses:

  • Business Environments (15 credits)
  • Business Functions (15 credits)
  • Organisations in a New Zealand Context (15 credits)
  • Understanding Change (15 credits)

Accounting Focus:

  • Analysis of Financial Information (15 credits)
  • Applied Accounting (15 credits)
  • Budgets for Planning and Control (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Accounting and Taxation (15 credits)

Leadership and Management Focus:

  • Business Planning (15 credits)
  • Leadership (15 credits)
  • Managing Projects (15 credits)
  • Operations Management and Compliance (15 credits)

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,500.00 (US$ 13,757) per year
Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)

Universal College of Learning (UCOL),

18 Princess Street,

Palmerston North,

4422, New Zealand

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
NZ$20,500.00 (US$ 13,757) per year
Start date

21 February 2022, 25 July 2022


UCOL Whanganui Campus

16 Rutland Street,


4500, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

  • NCEA Level 3 OR
  • Equivalent academic achievement OR
  • On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

Applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). TOEFL (iBT): Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge B2 First (for Schools), C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency: B2 with score of 162; no less than 154 in each skill; OET: Minimum Grade C or 200 in all subtests; PToE (Academic): Score of 42 with no band less than 36.

Under 20 years of age

For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply (Entry requirements vary from country to country). For more details, please visit the institution website.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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