NZ Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) Level 6

This qualification will provide New Zealand business entities with people who have the skills and knowledge to manage and lead, and to achieve entity objectives, at a strategic level in a bi- and multi-cultural environment. Graduates will have the skills and knowledge needed for effective management and leadership, leading to increases in productivity.


40 weeks (4 x 10 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:

    1. A minimum of 14 numeracy credits at Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau on the National Qualifications Framework; AND
    2. 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
    3. or equivalent to the above;
    4. or New Zealand University Entrance; or
    5. Successful completion of Level 5 New Zealand Diploma in Business


English Language Entry Requirement

    1. Learners who have English as a second language must have an International English Language Test System (IELTS) score of 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 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 52 or higher, and/or NZCEL Level 4 with academic endorsement or the equivalent, PTE (Academic score of 50; or
    2. complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieve either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both


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

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


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):

NZDB601 Business Strategy

This paper evaluates approaches to integrate bicultural partnership with Maori to strategise for strategic business advantage. It assesses impact of external environment on business organisations and develops strategic objectives and strategies for competitive business advantage.

NZDB602 Strategic Management

The aim of this paper is to implement business strategies by aligning organisational resources including human resources and capabilities with strategic business objectives. It also evaluates risk management strategies, promotes strategic objectives, and employs professional communication feedback strategies relevant to organisational strategy and performance.

NZDB603 Managing Innovation & Change for Strategic Advantage

Contributing business knowledge to innovation and organisational change at strategic levels is the key focus of this paper. It also includes developing and maintaining strategic business relationships with stakeholders for organisational change at strategic levels.

NZDB604 Facilitative Management Practice

This paper deals with facilitative management and collaborative skills to apply analytical and problem-solving strategies to resolve complex situations and challenges. It also provides for learners to model professional, ethical, socially and culturally appropriate behaviour, and motivate and develop self and others to improve employee engagement and productivity.

NZDB605 Business Environment & Financial Planning

This paper analyses the impact of operating in a global context on New Zealand organisations. It also examines the management of compliance to internal and external requirements and analyses and applies financial information to make informed decisions and forecasts.

NZDB606 Change Project Management & Leadership

The focus of this paper is to lead and manage projects or business initiatives including leading and implementing change within the business. Learners lead and model organisational culture for business success. The paper also employs project profiling methods, utilises Kotter’s change model to successfully implement change project. Change project outcomes are evaluated and recommendations justified for continuous improvement.

NZDB609 Work-Based / Simulation-Based Business Project

This paper provides Learners with the opportunity to work with a New Zealand Business Organisation to gain practical workplace experience, or, achieve paper outcomes through realistic simulations and scenarios that will amplify real world experiences in a fully interactive manner. It allows Learners to integrate classroom learning with the workplace and thus actively reflect on both theory and practice. Learners will access and manage resources to improve organisational performance. They communicate with stakeholders to engage them with the strategic vision of the organisation, and manage and lead teams to enable them to achieve personal and organisational goals.

Career Pathways

Graduates with the NZ Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) (Level 6) will have the skills and knowledge to work as a manager/leader in a range of strategic roles within New Zealand business entities.

Education Pathways

The NZ Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) (Level 6) builds on from the NZ Diploma in Business (Leadership and Management) (Level 5), or equivalent skills and knowledge.

Achievement of this qualification may lead to:

  • Business qualifications at degree level
  • Other relevant industry qualifications at level 7 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.