Making connections is a vital part of any business, which is why it makes sense to study in the community you want to work in.

It’s also a good idea to keep your options open. These Diplomas are respected stand-alone qualifications, but also serve as stepping stones towards a range of University of Waikato business degrees which can be completed right here in Tauranga.

We offer award-winning tutors, interesting course options and a convenient CBD location. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to work with local businesses, making key contacts which will help open the right doors when you graduate.

If you have a business mind you’ll know that time is money and you’ll want to make a wise investment. Our staff will meet you during the enrolment process to help choose the right path to achieve your goals.

Key points:

  • ‘Real world’ assignments and award-winning tutors
  • Flexible study options to suit your needs
  • Make vital contacts with local business leaders
  • Pathway straight to a degree without leaving the Bay

Level 6 – Two Years

The New Zealand Diploma in Business (NZDipBus) offers further opportunities for students to study accounting, commercial law, economics, organisational management, marketing, computing and communication.

Level 6 students can then specialise in accounting, marketing, finance, tourism, public relations or strategic management.

Success in these specialisations allows students to cross- credit straight into one of the three University of Waikato business degrees that are offered in Tauranga – local residents who want to do these degrees have to complete the NZDipBus first.

If you want to succeed in the corporate world, this is the place for you!


The NZDipBus comprises 12 papers including six compulsories. Papers are offered on a semester basis, i.e. February to June, and July to November, and summer schools are from January to February, and November to December.

Six of the following seven papers must be completed:

  • 500 Accounting Principles
  • 510 Introduction to Commercial Law
  • 520 The Economic Environment
  • 530 Organisation and Management
  • 541 Fundamentals of Marketing
  • 550 Business Computing
  • 560 Business Communication

Specialisation – If you plan to pathway to a business degree, you may choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Public Relations
  • Strategic Management

Accounting and Accounting Technician

To qualify for membership of the College of Accounting Technicians you need to complete one year of professional work experience, register as a professional member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants (NZICA) and attend a one-day induction course.

Chartered Accountant

To become a chartered accountant you can complete the NZDipBus and then the BMS or BBA(Fin) majoring in Accounting. On completion of the academic study required for admission, you are required to register as a professional member of NZICA and complete the required work experience.



  • Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Bongard Centre, 200 Cameron Road, Tauranga
  • Online - your choice of venue

Papers are offered on a semester basis - 15 study weeks. Each paper has five hours of class-time per week. You can attend day or evening classes.

In addition to class time, you're expected to undertake 10 hours of self-directed study per week per paper. For the days and time of classes refer to the NZDipBus. Timetable available from the Information Centre or School of Business.

Full-time study is three or more papers in a semester, or five or more papers over a full year. Part-time study is one or two papers a semester.

If you're commencing study in the first semester, we encourage you to enrol for the full year at the time of enrolment. This avoids having to repeat enrolment again mid-year.

  • Semester 1: 29 February-24 June 2016
  • Semester 2: 18 July-4 November 2016

Summer School: Papers are taught over six study weeks. You're required to attend 10 hours of classes per week and undertake 20 hours of self-directed study per week. 5 Jan-12 Feb 2016 7 Nov-16 Dec 2016

Indicative Fees

  • Domestic students $880.00 per paper
  • International students $15,498 per year (for 6 papers)

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the required number and mix of papers you will receive the internationally recognised:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6)

and/or the level 5 qualifications:

  • Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Diploma in Business (Level 5)
  • Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Diploma in Business (endorsed) (Level 5)
  • New Zealand Institute of Management (NZIM) Diploma in Management

Entry Criteria

To gain entry into this programme, you 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 Maori; 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

Special Admission

The Polytechnic will consider students for special admission who do not satisfy the standard academic entry requirements of a programme but who, in the opinion of the Programme Co-ordinator, are capable of achieving the programme outcomes.

Information Meeting/Interview

We may require you to attend an information meeting prior to offering you a place on the course. This is your opportunity to find out more about the course to see if it fits your career aspirations and for us to ensure you meet our entry requirements.

English Competency

Level 6 certificate or diploma IELTS Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L4 with the Academic Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.

Career Opportunities

Business is an essential and diverse profession. Whether you’re aiming at entry level or top level, local or international, self-employment or working for a corporation – these Diplomas will help you get there.

Graduates can work as supervisors, office managers, marketing executives, accounting technicians, event managers, business bankers, sales executives, or analysts – all depending on the courses they have chosen.

Completion of the NZDipBus with a B grade average will give you credit towards one of the following University of Waikato degrees based in Tauranga:

  • Bachelor of Management Studies – two years towards the four-year degree
  • Bachelor of Business Analysis (Financial) – two years towards the three-year degree
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences – one and a half years towards the three-year degree

Potential Employers

  • Small and Large Businesses
  • Local and Regional Councils
  • Accountancy Firms
  • Self-employed
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