Course Name

Diploma in Business (Accounting and Finance) (Level 7)

Course Detail

Course length – 36 or 42 weeks including holidays
Day Class – Weekday classes

Entry requirements

  • aged 18 or older
  • International students for whom English is a second language must also have and IELTS score of 6.0 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5 or TOEFL score of 550. Students who enrol having completed the New Zealand Diploma of Business or National Diploma of Business (level 6) will be deemed to have met this criterion
  • have appropriate academic qualification to enrol on the programme. Students must have gained the New Zealand Diploma of Business (level 6) or National Diploma of Business (level 6) or their equivalent

Aims of the course

  • build upon the knowledge, understandings and skills developed in the NZDipBus and NZIM Diploma in Management Advanced Level 6 in a chosen specialist area;
  • provide opportunities for students to be exposed to the culture and context of New Zealand business through assignments, visits, visiting lecturers from the business sector and internship;
  • expose students to a qualification which encourages reflection on the nexus between theoretical knowledge and practice in a New Zealand business environment.
  • enable the target group of graduates with a level 6 business qualification, to gain a level 7 business qualification which provides pathways to enter the workforce or to progress to further study in other tertiary institutions.

Student Outcomes

  • This qualification allows students to gain in-depth business skills and knowledge that build upon the foundation of level 6 business qualifications such as the New Zealand Diploma in Business or the National Diploma in Business which are a prerequisite for entry.
  • Specialties are offered in accounting and finance, business computing and technology, management and marketing, project management and healthcare management.
  • Graduates of the Diploma in Business (Speciality) (level 7) will have the knowledge and skills to enter careers such as accountancy, banking, business computing, management, marketing and tourism. As well as business related subject knowledge, students will gain introductory level research skills and explore contemporary issues in New Zealand and global business.


The programme includes:

  • maximum two 600 level NZDipBus papers or ICA DB level 7 papers, not previously studied, in the chosen speciality
  • two compulsory 700 level papers in research methods (791) and contemporary business issues (792); and
  • two elective 700 level papers in the chosen speciality

Course Structure

- ICA will make the option of papers to be offered for any given term

701 Advanced Financial Accounting

Students will examine advanced level financial accounting and reporting issues with a New Zealand perspective while also being cognizant of contemporary international focuses and solutions/developments.

702 Advanced Management Accounting

The Advanced Management Accounting (702) is a 20 credit paper designed to develop the capability to construct and implement appropriate management control systems for an organisation. On the successful completion of the course students will know how management accounting can contribute to the generation of value by providing relevant information in relation to:

  • Planning future strategies, tactics and operations
  • Optimising the use of the resources
  • Measuring and evaluating performance
  • Reducing the subjectivity in the managerial decision making process
703 Advanced Business Finance

This course intensively examines selected aspects of corporate financial theory and empirical evidence, as well as their application to corporate financial decisions and the implications for problem solving. Consideration of the practical aspects of corporate financial management, capital markets and long-term financial strategy are undertaken with the objective of making corporate decisions more effectively with the focus of creating value for the firm.

706 Advanced Taxation

Students will apply knowledge of taxation rules to New Zealand taxable entities in a range of situations.