New Zealand Diploma in Business qualification requirements

Note: This qualification is expiring. New students could not be enrolled after 31 December 2017. The last date for award of the NZDipBus is 31 December 2020.

1. Student entry to NZDipBus programmes

Applicants were required to have had:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • fifty credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; of which 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits were selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at Literacy requirements for University Entrance

or equivalent to the above

or New Zealand University Entrance.

International students, for whom English is not a first language, must also have either:

  • met the English language proficiency outcomes for Diploma level 6 as set out in Appendix 2 of the Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. Category 1 institutions as defined in these rules may avail themselves of the alternative permitted under rule 18.4 of these rules; or
  • completed two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

2. Award of the NZDipBus

A student has achieved version three of the NZDipBus when the student has:

  • achieved 240 NZDipBus credits of which at least 80 of those credits are at level 6; and
  • completed six of the seven core NZDipBus prescriptions; and
  • completed no more than 60 NZDipBus credits at level 4.

A minimum of 60 credits at level 6 must relate to assessed national NZDipBus prescriptions (as opposed to credit transfer or assessment of local prescriptions).

Only the prescriptions numbered 400 to 699 may be used towards version three of the qualification.

3. Credit transfer and assessment of local prescriptions

Accredited institutions must have documented internal policies and procedures relating to credit transfer as required by their accreditation.

Staff must possess relevant expertise and knowledge in the subject area to be able to evaluate applications. Staff should also be aware of the internal policies and procedures of their accredited institution relating to credit transfer.

Students must have ready access to information from the accredited institution on how they can apply for credit transfer and, if their application was unsuccessful, appeal or review the decision of the evaluation.

The PTE enrolment and academic records rules 2012 may also apply.

A student may be credited with a maximum of four prescriptions (80 credits) through credit transfer and unspecified credit. These 80 credits may include:

  1. a maximum of up to four national prescriptions through specified credit transfer (80 credits)
  2. a maximum of one unspecified credit transfer (20 credits)
  3. a maximum of two local prescriptions as unspecified credit (40 credits).

A minimum of 60 credits at level 6 must relate to assessed national NZDipBus prescriptions (as opposed to credit transfer or assessment in local prescriptions).

Guidance for credit transfer for NZDipBus.

4. Recognition of prior learning - also known as assessment of prior learning

Accredited institutions must report to NZQA any credits awarded as a result of recognition of prior learning (which is direct assessment of a student’s relevant and current knowledge and skills against prescription or qualification outcomes).

Recognition of prior learning must be reported under an 'R' code.

There is no limit to how many credits can be awarded by recognition of prior learning.

However, without limiting the requirements applying to private training establishments under the PTE Enrolment and Academic Records Rules 2012, the evidential basis for awarding recognition of prior learning to each student must be kept as a permanent record.

5. Reporting and notification of results

Accredited institutions must report students’ results to NZQA within two months of completion of each NZDipBus prescription.

Accredited institutions must issue in a timely manner result notices to students of each NZDipBus prescription.

Information on results notification and issuing of diplomas

Information about NZDipBus credit reporting fees

6. Grades

A letter grade will be allocated to each candidate as follows:

A+ = 85-100

A = 75-84

B+ = 70-74

B = 60-69

C = 50-59

D = 40-49

E = 0-39

A 'C' grade or better will be a pass.

A grade 'P' may be used to indicate a level of achievement that is ungraded but sufficient for the award of credit; such a level of achievement must be assessed as being equivalent or superior to a 'C' result.

The grade 'P' will also be used when awarding a credit transfer or local prescription result.

The grade ‘R’ will be used when awarding an assessment of prior learning result.

A grade 'F' may be used to indicate a level of achievement that is ungraded but not sufficient for the award of credit.

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