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OP700109 General Information
Can I study full-time?
Yes you can. However all full-time study is subject to approval by our Academic Registrar who will take into consideration your academic achievement to date and your availability to study full-time.
How long will the degree take?
The degree will take 3 years full-time study, or up to 9 years part-time study.
What are the entry requirements, including prior experience?
You will need to meet the following academic and admission requirements to be eligible to be accepted into this qualification:
- New Zealand University Entrance, or
- A New Zealand or overseas qualification assessed to be equivalent to the above by the programme leader, or
- Passes in other certificate/diploma qualifications or courses as considered appropriate by the programme leader.
If you don’t meet these requirements, we can review your application to see how well suited you are for degree level study. You may need to provide evidence such as records of past academic history and/or a current CV.
I already have a New Zealand non-business qualification and now want to complete a general business degree, what should I do?
We recommend you enrol in the Graduate Diploma in Business:
Can I study a course without enrolling in a whole qualification?
You can enrol in a single course to meet your study or professional development goals under the Certificate of Proficiency programme:
Pre-requisite requirements may be waived depending on your previous academic achievement.
Are there exams?
Many of the courses have a 3-hour final examination. We have exam venues throughout New Zealand and you will be allocated a venue closest to your home address. Alternative arrangements are made for students living outside New Zealand.
For specific information about exams see our exam page:
Becoming a Chartered Accountant
I have a business degree and want to become a Chartered Accountant
Apply for an assessment from CAANZ who will advise on courses you need.
Send this to us and we will then be able to advise what further study through the Open Polytechnic will be required for CA membership.
http://charteredaccountantsanz.com/(CAANZ website - opens in new window)
I have a non-business degree and want to become a Chartered Accountant. What further study do I need to do with the Open Polytechnic?
You will need to complete the following courses:
71110 Introduction to Commercial Law
71120 The Economic Environment
71201 Financial Accounting
71202 Management Accounting
71204 Accounting Information Systems
71205 Business Finance
71210 Corporate and Finance Law
72160 Statistical Analysis
71301 Advanced Financial Accounting
71302 Advanced Management Accounting
If your degree is from overseas you will need to have it assessed by NZQA if you haven’t done so already:
Apply for an international qualifications assessment (NZQA website - opens in new window)
I want to become a Chartered Accountant. What study do I need to do with Open Polytechnic?
Enrol in the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and follow the CA study pathway.
We recommend 72140 Business Communication as the first course for you to study.
OP700109 Cross Credits
Will I be able to cross credit from another institution?
We consider cross-credits on a case by case basis. If you have already passed some relevant business courses from another tertiary provider that you think could exempt you from having to do some parts of a qualification, you can apply for cross-credit or credit transfer after you have enrolled. You can obtain advice about likely cross credits prior to enrolling.
You will need to provide evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the course you want credit for. You can apply for cross-credit or credit transfer when your enrolment is accepted. You will need to provide your academic transcript and you may need to provide your course outlines.
The maximum cross-credits allowed is up to two-thirds of a degree (12 x 20 credit courses). You cannot gain partial cross-credit for a course and you cannot cross-credit to Level 7 courses.
I am partway through the NZ Diploma of Business and would like to change to the Bachelor of Business, how do I do that?
Some New Zealand Diploma in Business courses can be cross credited to the Bachelor of Business, to find out more, go to:
The New Zealand Diploma in Business is a national qualification. You can be awarded cross-credit from courses studied at any accredited provider.
If you have gained a New Zealand Diploma in Business course through a cross-credit, the original source of the cross-credit will be used to determine whether you are eligible for a cross-credit to the Bachelor of Business degree.
Can I cross credit from the NZ Diploma of Business into the Bachelor of Business?
If you have completed your New Zealand Diploma in Business you can fast track your study to our Bachelor of Business via the Advanced Standing Pathway Programme. For more information go to:
How do I apply for a cross-credit or credit transfer?
Follow the application process on our cross credit page: