NZ Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) Level 5

The purpose of this qualification is to provide New Zealand business entities with people who are, or can be, employed in management roles at an operational level to:

– contribute to the management and leadership of a business entity;

– achieve the entity’s objectives at an operational level.

Graduates of this qualification will benefit New Zealand business entities by effectively contributing to the management and leadership of business entities to achieve agreed objectives.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to manage at an operational level in a bi- and multi-cultural environment.


40 weeks (4 x10 week Academic Terms )


NZ$ 19,804

Approved pathway to University

This programme has a stair-casing option to Massey University.  Click here for more information.

2021 Intake Dates

22 April 2021 (AKL)

9 September 2021 (AKL)

Entry Criteria

All applicants who are over 20 years will be considered for the programme.

Academic Entry Requirement

Those who are under 20 years must have:

  • A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework; AND
  • 50 credits at Level 1 or above with at least 12 credits each of three subjects plus a minimum of eight literacy credits at Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; four credits must be in Reading and four credits must be in Writing

Provisional entry may also be granted to applicants who do not meet the criteria above, but:

  • Present evidence of ability to succeed, (e.g., maturity, life experience, work experience, other study); OR
  • Are enthusiastic and motivated to achieve; OR
  • Provide evidence of relevant prior learning and experience


English Language Entry Requirement

Learners who have English as a second language must have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 5.5 with no individual band score lower than 5.0 in a single test event, TOEFL Module-Based Test (pBT) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE), TOEFL Internet-Based Test (iBT) Score of 79 or higher (with a writing score of 20), University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations FCE or CAE with a score of 47 or higher, and/or NZCEL Level 4 with academic endorsement or the equivalent.

Interview Entry Requirement

All applicants will be interviewed in person or via Skype to evaluate their suitability for the programme.


Students will be required to study the following seven papers in two semesters (4 terms):

NZDB501 Business Environment

This paper focuses on the key external elements of the business environment and their impact on business entities. It also assesses the value of the stakeholder model of business. The paper further examines the concept of biculturalism, Treaty of Waitangi and its subsequent principles, and analyses the core effects of biculturalism and Maori contribution of knowledge and beliefs to business and management.

NZDB502 Fundamentals of Marketing

This paper examines the fundamentals of marketing including theory, tools, and best practices in industry. It focuses on key components of the marketing planning process for marketing decisions, analyses consumers buying behaviour, explores concepts of segmentation, targeting and positioning to real life situations, evaluates the marketing mix variables and provides for recommendations for development of marketing strategies.

NZDB503 Business Operations & Resources

The contribution of operations management to organisational objectives is the key focus of this paper. Included are human resource management functions and their impact on productivity, and risk management principles in human resource activities. It also explores concepts of change management and innovation, and encourages innovative thinking and practice by investigating and solving industry-based challenges with regard to innovation and change in operational contexts.

NZDB504 Management Professional Development & Practice

This paper aims to build connections between management theory and practice and to equip Learners with professional skills and behaviour to establish and succeed in their management careers. Learners will practice in accordance to industry expectations and best standards and demonstrate ethical behaviour. They will also employ professional communication conventions, apply problem solving frameworks, and assess risks and make recommendations to management.

NZDB505 Business Planning

This paper focuses on business planning and promotion of compliance with internal and external requirements of business organisations. Learners develop strategic plan for a selected organisation, plan and evaluate for its implementation, evaluate the benefits of a robust compliance programme, and examine the role of leadership, organisational culture and management of change in implementing business strategy.

NZDB506 Business Leadership

The aim of this paper is to develop Learners’ leadership abilities and skills to successfully negotiate and manage decision-making in contemporary business environment. The paper also examines culture, diversity and gender issues in business leadership, focuses on the application of motivational strategies for positive workplace culture and team engagement, and provides for leadership strategies to implement activities within strategic plan including change.

NZDB509 Work-Integrated Business Project

This paper constitutes the simulated work-integrated based learning component of the programme. Learners examine key concepts and practices of quality management and continuous improvement, and manage a business project within its scope, resources, and time. Specifically, Learners develop a project quality plan, apply techniques to implement effective and efficient solutions for continuous improvement, monitor and evaluate the outcomes of the project, and make justified recommendations for improvements in the future.

Career Pathways

Graduates with the Leadership and Management major will be able to work or gain employment as a trainee manager, assistant manager, assistant team leader, supervisor, coordinator, team leader role at an operational level within New Zealand business entities.

Education Pathways

The NZ Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) (Level 5) builds on from the New Zealand Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4), or equivalent skills and knowledge.

Achievement of this qualification may lead to:

  • Any of the strands in the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6), but especially those in the same area as the strand completed for this qualification.
  • Business qualifications at degree level
  • Other relevant industry qualifications at level 6 or above

Bring your own device (BYOD) requirement

At AEI we understand that technology has become a key component to our everyday lives. Our programmes incorporate device driven activities and interactions. This also allows student learning to continue effortlessly wherever they are.  All students are required to have a device as part of their personal equipment.  This device is required to be brought to every class.

What type of device is needed?
Laptops are AEI’s preferred device. It is important that the student’s laptop operates effectively in the AEI BYOD environment. We, therefore recommend the following:

If purchasing new, the following minimum requirements should be met:

  • Windows 10 (or Mac Os 10.x Yosemite or higher)
  • i3 dual core or equivalent processor 4GB RAM
  • 320GB or greater hard drive
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual band
  • At least a 13 inch screen
  • Up-to-date antivirus software
  • Battery life of a minimum of 6 hours (there is limited access to charging facilities in class)

If you currently have a laptop, the following minimum requirements should be met:

  • 10 inch screen or larger
  • 4GB RAM
  • 50GB free space minimum
  • Windows v7.0 or higher
  • Apple Mac 10.6 (Leopard) or higher
  • Wireless capability 802.11n dual band
  • CPU meets vendor OS minimum requirements.
  • Battery life of a minimum of 6 hours (there is limited access to charging facilities in class)

Microsoft 365
AEI provides a free version of Microsoft 365 to every academic programme student. This ensures that students have the latest version of Microsoft Office. Students can use this software online.
During induction, students will be given further information for accessing MS365 and any other technology that they will be using during their studies.