Qualification Diploma in Business Management (Level 7), with specialisations in Health Services and Financial Planning
Level 7
Intake Dates*
Note: NZALI is not currently offering any intakes.
Duration 1 Year
Location NZALI campus, North Shore, Auckland
Entry Requirements  A candidate for admission to this programme of study must:
a. Be at least 18 years old, and
b. Must have a minimum of a relevant Level 6 qualification or its equivalent, or at least 3 years work experience in a relevant sector.
Note 1: In addition, international students** must have an IELTS Academic score of 6.0 overall, or equivalent, with no band less than 5.5.
Note 2: If admission criteria are not met, approval for admission may possibly be granted by the Academic Board, in special circumstances.

* Your Course Start Date is the appropriate Friday shown above, under ‘Course Start Date’. On the following Monday (i.e. 3 days after your Course Start Date), Orientation Week will commence, during which time a campus and course familiarisation programme will be delivered, and various outside agencies (such as a local bank, and an immigration consultant) will present to students. Please aim to arrive in New Zealand on – or in the week before – Course Start Date.

** International students for whom English is their first language, or who have studied at an institution where English is the language of instruction and assessment, may be exempted from the IELTS requirement. Note: This does not apply to countries whose visa approval rate is less than 80% – such students will be required to sit an IELTS or equivalent English-proficiency test regardless.

This programme aims to:

Give people who already have a degree, or extensive business experience, an opportunity to extend their knowledge in specialised fields of health service management or financial services, without having to complete a degree/further degree.

Our teaching staff have extensive business experience, combined with excellent academic backgrounds and strong links with the professions, while our programmes have a strong practical and applied focus. We know our programmes will challenge you, and that you will feel supported and excited about your future once you decide to embark upon this course of study. Our staff members are passionate about teaching, and enjoy working with students of all ages, and from many different cultures.

We have links with local businesses, and focus on creating opportunities whereby our students can obtain real-world experience before they graduate, through our internship programmes.

Course Content

 Programme Structure

The Diploma in Business Management Level 7 with specialisations in health services (HS) and financial planning (FP) is delivered across five terms over a 39 week academic year.

Modules Covered

  • Corporate Strategy and Planning
  • Strategic Marketing
  • Strategic Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Business Planning
  • Managing in Organisations
  • Training and development in the health services sector
  • Health promotion in NZ
  • Strategic change in health and social services delivery
  • Knowledge of Financial Markets, the Advice Process, and Products
  • Investment Concepts and Principles
  • Apply Professional Practice in a Financial Services Organisation and Demonstrate Knowledge of the Industry
  • Applying the Financial Advisory Process in a manner consistent with Professional Regulations and Standards

The course consists of two key components as shown below:

  1. Core Component:
    The core component is aimed at building the fundamental concepts and skills required to deliver workable business solutions for organisations, by providing basic information on business planning during the first two terms, and then business strategic planning and applications during the third term. The core component is compulsory and covers 75 credits at NZQA Level 7.
  2. Specialisation Components:
    Specialisation components allow students to specialise in a specific area of business management. There are two specialisations and, having selected a specialisation, all components of the relevant specialisation are compulsory.


Core Component

The core component is aimed at building the necessary concepts, techniques and skills for the strategic management of an organisation. This component is delivered in the first three terms of the course.


Specialisation Components

The specialisation components are delivered in the fourth and fifth terms of the programme, and give students an opportunity to gain more skills in specific areas of business management. Each specialisation consists of a set of components that a student must complete in order to gain specific skills in the chosen area of specialisation. The specialisations offered are:

  • Health Services
  • Financial Planning

Every student must select at least one area of specialisation from the two options offered.

Specialisation: Health Services

New Zealand’s health care sector includes a range of services, many of which need certain levels of management skills to be able to sustain, and improve upon, quality of delivery. The specialisation in health services provides students with the essential knowledge and skills needed to manage healthcare services to ensure sustainable delivery of quality services.

Career Profile: This specialisation leads to positions in the health care sector such as team leader, supervisor, health services manager, operational manager, strategic planner, training and development, and/or further study in this area. 

Specialisation: Financial Planning

New Zealand’s financial advisory sector includes a range of services that are delivered to the public, some of which have mandatory competency requirements, and many of which need certain levels of management skills to be able to sustain and improve the quality of financial services delivery. The Financial Planning specialisation is targeted at management and finance students and professionals from diverse ethnic backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in the financial services sector.

Career Profile: This specialisation leads to positions in industry such as Authorised Financial Advisor (if six additional lower-level unit standards offered by The Skills Organisation are studied), Registered Financial Advisor, and financial services manager.

Application Criteria