New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 5) (Accounting) [Te Pūkenga]


This programme is delivered fully online. Watch our video to see what online study with Open Polytechnic is like.

Admission requirements 

To be eligible for admission to this programme, all applicants must meet the General and  Language Literacy admission requirements.  

General requirements  

Achievement of NCEA Level 2 including:  

8 Literacy credits at Level 2 or above; and 

14 Numeracy credits at Level 1 or above  


An equivalent of the above  


Successful completion of an approved qualification at Level 3 or above with a relevant pathway. 

 If you do not meet the admission requirements stated above and believe you have the level of preparedness for study at this level, you may apply but will need to provide relevant evidence to support your application for admission and/or may be asked to complete a proficiency test.    

Language Literacy requirements 

Applicants who are unable to provide evidence of the NCEA literacy credits or equivalent , may be required to demonstrate capability using an approved proficiency test or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules. 

International applicants must provide evidence that they have the necessary English language proficiency required for the programme as demonstrated by an IELTS score of 5.5 (Academic) with no individual band lower than 5.0 from one test taken in the preceding two years, or an equivalent described in NZQA Rules and on our website. 

Literacy requirements for University Entrance NZQA

Learn more about English language requirements

Maximum Programme Completion Time

To be awarded the qualification it must be completed in no more than 6 years of first enrolment, unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

International students and domestic students living overseas 

You can study this programme part-time if you’re an international student living in New Zealand or overseas. If you’re living in New Zealand you will need to be in paid employment with a valid work permit. 

You can also study this programme if you’re a New Zealand citizen living overseas.

Learn more about studying as an international student 

Computer and internet requirements

All courses in this programme are online. This means, you will access the course content and submit assignments online. For online learning and assignments, you need to have regular access to a computer or device, and reliable internet access.