New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) or (Leadership and Management)

This functional programme is suitable for those who want to learn how to prepare budgets, monitor business performance against budgets, determine internal controls to minimise financial risk, and analyse and interpret financial information for decision making.

About the programme

Focus on the skills you need to work effectively and successfully in a range of operational roles in business with this industry-relevant qualification.

Gain the abilities and knowledge you need to make you a valued employee who can contribute from day one in an organisation or prepare for higher levels of learning and development. 

This programme is very practical, giving you the real-world skills and capabilities that are attractive to employers.  

A great springboard into further study, graduates of this programme are eligible to enter the second year of our Bachelor of Applied Management degree. You could also enter other relevant industry or professional qualifications at Level 6 or above. 

Our study partner, eCampus NZ also offers this programme fully online. See the Accounting focus here and the Leadership and Management focus here.

Leadership and Management focus

All business organisations need highly capable and competent members of a team who demonstrate the potential to lead staff, ensure targets align with strategic objectives, manage projects, and contribute to business planning to achieve high performance and productivity. Amongst other things, you will learn how to lead others to implement activities that lead to high productivity, manage projects within scope, resources and time, and develop a positive workplace culture and team engagement.

Graduates of the Leadership and Management strand will have the skills and knowledge to work or gain employment at an operational level within New Zealand businesses.

Accounting focus

People with accountancy skills and qualifications are in constant demand for their ability to plan and record the financial performance of every kind of venture. Amongst other things, you will learn how to prepare budgets, monitor business performance against budgets, determine internal controls to minimise financial risk, and analyse and interpret financial information to inform decision-making. 

Graduates of the Accounting strand will have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a variety of business entities in accounting roles such as Finance Administrator, Inventory Controller, Accounts Receivable/Payable Officer. Graduates may also be able to contribute to community groups in volunteer accounting functions. 


This programme teaches you to think conceptually and to adapt to change. It's designed to allow you to: 

  • apply a broad range of generic business knowledge and skills as well as specialised knowledge and skills in your selected field of business
  • be proactive to changes in the local, national and global business environment
  • demonstrate business skills including problem-solving, decision-making, negotiating, and using technology effectively
  • develop and manage innovative approaches to business practice
  • practice business in a legal, sustainable, ethical, and culturally-appropriate manner
  • appreciate the impact of different cultures on business practice in New Zealand 
  • communicate, collaborate and build networks effectively with a diverse range of individuals, teams, and organisations
  • gather and select information from a diverse range of sources to inform business practice
  • take responsibility for continued learning and career development. 

You will begin by completing four core papers. This is then followed by a further four papers in the strand you are studying. The strand does not need to be chosen until the third block of study. In total, eight papers are studied and each is worth 15 credits (120 in total).

Core Courses Credits
Business Functions 15
Business Environment 15
Organisations in a New Zealand Context 15
Principles of Change 15
Leadership and Management Courses  
Organisational Planning 15
Organisational Management and Compliance 15
Leadership 15
Project Management 15
Accounting Courses  
Preparation and Analysis of Financial Statements 15
Planning and Managing Financial Performance 15
Financial Accounting 15
Tax and Managing Financial Risk  15
Total 120

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.