Diploma in Business Computing (DBC) Level 7
ICL Graduate Business School
ICL Graduate Business School

Course Overview

The Diploma in Business Computing is an industry-focused qualification that aims to provide graduates with advanced computing skills with specialisation in computer support, based on a practical grounding in business and management practice.

  • The first year provides a thorough grounding in business, organisation and management,
    computing, and communication practice.
  • The second year teaches advanced computing skills with specialisation in IT support, and
    develops in students practical and theoretical skills in computing to enable them to progress to
    further studies in a similar field or to enter employment directly.

The Diploma in Business Computing is ideal for a student who wants to work in NZ. IT skills are highly in demand in New Zealand and the 12-week work placement in the course gives students valuable work experience which helps in the application for a job.



Year 1
5150   Business Computing
5230   Organisation and Management
5241   Marketing
5260   Business Communication
6230   Leadership
6236   Applied Management


Year 2
5148   Ethics and Professionalism
5154   Local area computer networks
6113   Managing the information systems function
6156   Project planning and control
6177   Single-user personal computers
7150   Multi user computers
7157   Local and wide area computer networks
7160   Planning and managing a project
7163   Designing a local area computer network


Programme length:

  • Duration of 2 academic years, or
  • 20 months, including a 12-week work placement


Graduate Outcomes

Graduates of the Diploma in Business Computing (Level 7) are able to demonstrate:

  • General business and advanced computer skills;
  • Practical and theoretical skills for progression to further studies in a computing field;


Employment Outcomes

The Diploma in Business Computing provides graduates with an opportunity to seek employment in a skilled environment, being qualified at Skill Level 2 in the ANZSCO categories. Typical jobs include Contract Administrator, Hardware Technician, ICT Customer Support Officer, ICT Support Technician, Office Manager, Programme or Project Administrator, Web Administrator.



Entry requirements:
Applicants must have:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau 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 will be 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 either:
  • meet 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
  • complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieve either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.


For international students: they must meet IELTS 6.0, with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent in the ICL Proficiency Test, or other equivalent recognized by NZQA.


Start Dates:

12 Feb 2018
11 Jun 2018
8 Oct 2018

2018 Fees

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