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New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) (Accounting Strand)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
1 year
Start date: 10-February-2020
Southern Institute of Technology
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The aims of the qualification are as follows: Provide New Zealand business entities with people who have general and specialised business knowledge and skills than can be applied in a range of strategic roles. Graduates will benefit New Zealand business entities by contributing to the achievement of entities’ strategic objectives, through the application of knowledge and skills, in an ethical manner, in a bi- and multi-cultural environment. In addition, graduates will have specialised knowledge and skills for application in strategic roles in New Zealand business entities.

Course Content: ACC201 Financial Accounting, ACC202 Management Accounting, ACC203 Business Finance, ACC204 Accounting Information Systems, ACC206 Taxation, MKT275 Marketing Management, MAN232 Operations Management, MAN233 Human Resource Management

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

Core compulsory

Core knowledge and skill: Determine and develop the business entity’s strategic objectives, Apply knowledge of the principles and practices of operations, management accounting, sales/marketing, Human Resources (HR) and risk management, for the strategic objectives of the entity, Contribute at strategic levels to innovation and organisational change

Core people skills: Research, evaluate, and communicate information for entity’s performance, Develop and maintain strategic business relationships with stakeholders for efficient and effective performance of the entity.

Core cognitive skills: Apply analytical and problem-solving skills to resolve complex situations and challenges for efficient and effective performance of the entity.

Core affective skills: Model professional, ethical, and socially and culturally appropriate behavior, Motivate and develop self and others to improve employee engagement and productivity.

Core business environment: Develop strategies for managing the impact of external environments on the entity and the effect on the entity’s performance. Analyse how the origin and nature of the bi-cultural partnership (as embedded in the Treaty of Waitangi) can be applied to business activities and relationships.

Accounting strand

Technical knowledge and skills: Prepare and present general or special purpose financial reports for companies, including accounting policies and notes, with reference to accounting standards or the Special Purpose Framework, For-Profit Entities. Evaluate and use management accounting information for decision-making and problem-solving within a broad range of contexts. Integrate business finance techniques for strategic planning, measuring, and controlling business operations. Evaluate and use accounting information systems to solve business problems. Apply tax rules to a range of NZ entities in a range of situations, including tax planning considerations. Review critically, analyse and interpret financial and non-financial information to inform strategic decision making. Model behaviour in accordance with the accounting profession’s Code of Ethics.

People skills: Research, evaluate, and communicate complex financial information for the entity’s performance

Satisfactory Completion: To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) and be awarded this qualification for the Accounting Strand programme, the student must successfully achieve: A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the Programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6) with strands in Accounting. The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Business (with strands in Accounting) Level 6 full-time over one year.

Entry criteria

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand Year 12. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

Applicants under 20 years:

Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, have completed a minimum of 4 years secondary education.

Applicants over 20 years:

Applicants over the age of 20 years will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme (e.g. Record of Learning, or Curriculum Vitae). They may be admitted subject to programme regulations approved by the Head of Faculty in consultation with the Programme Manager as appropriate. Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration during the selection process.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Examination - B2 First or B2 First for schools or C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill.

OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Cert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than distinction in any band


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