Course Name

National Diploma in Business (Level 5)

Course Detail

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

Entry requirements

  • International students for whom English is a second language must also have an IELTS score of 5.5 (academic) with no individual band lower than 5.5 or TOEFL score of 550
  • Have gained NZIM Certificate in Management or NCEA level 2 or above or completion of an equivalent course of study approved by ICA
  • Minimum age of 16 years with a pass in NCEA Level 2 preferred

Course Advantage

  • One year of study (short period)
  • NZQA approved course and NZQA issued qualification
  • Internationally recognized qualification
  • Prosperous career future
  • Path way to study New Zealand Diploma in Management level 6 or related Level 6 course
  • Students are entitled to work 20 hours per week while studying

Aims of the course

To provide students with skills, knowledge and competence to undertake a broad range of business activities and to carry out a mix of specialized operations involving a degree of self directed work and the supervision of processes and people.

Student Outcomes

  • Prepare and analyse financial statements
  • Understand the legal requirements in a business setting
  • Prepare and present business information for management
  • Understand and apply marketing principles
  • Understand the economic principles and environment of business management
  • Establish human resource needs of a small business operation
  • Establish effective business communication skills
  • Produce establishment plans for small business ventures
  • Understand and apply small business principles and the role of information technology
  • Develop people development and coordination
  • Understand Strategic Management concepts and Organisational Planning

Course Structure

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


Prepare financial statements and apply processes of financial analysis.


Segment and select markets and determine the marketing mix.

Human Resource Management

Establish human resource needs and role of information technology in a small business operation

Business Economics

Understand, investigate and evaluate a number of key economic principles and environments.

Strategic Management

Knowledge of strategic management concepts for organisational planning and development. Develope plans for small business ventures. Prepare and present business information for a business purpose

Business Communications

Knowledge of business communications processes, present information orally to an audience, analyse and apply feedback contexts and techniques

People development & Coordination 

Provide leadership for a team and develop and maintain a safe and supportive working environment

Business Law

Understand and apply legal requirements in a New Zealand business setting.