ICL Diploma in Business (ICLDB) Level 6
ICL Graduate Business School

This course is subject to change

The ICL Diploma in Business, Level 6, consists of 12 papers from the NZDipBus, owned by the New Zealand government, and four papers of the International Advanced Diploma in Business, owned by NCC Education, and now known as the Level 5 Diploma in Business (QCF). The Diploma leads into the third year of business degrees in a range of over 20 UK universities. Note UK Level 5 is equivalent to NZ Level 6.

Originally part of the National Computing Centre, NCC Education started offering IT qualifications in 1976 and from 1997 developed its Higher Education portfolio to include foundation and business programmes. NCC Education has accredited partners in over 45 countries and five international offices. NCC Education qualifications range from ICT for schools to the International Degree Pathway in Business or IT. Its programmes are recognised by universities, professional bodies and employers. Learners upgrade their skills on NCC Education’s professional development modular programmes or complete their University Degrees and Masters in their home country or in the UK. Over one million graduates have chosen NCC Education as their route to a quality British education.


The course consists of the following papers:

500   Accounting Principles
430   Statistics and Financial Mathematics for Business
469   Academic Skills for Business Studies or 5XX elective level 5 paper
510    Introduction to Commercial Law or 550 Business Computing
520   The Economic Environment
530   Organisation and Management
560   Business Communication
541    Fundamentals of Marketing
632   Operations Management
633   Human Resource Management
648   Marketing Planning Control
6XX   Elective level 6 paper
6539  Business Economics
6523  Understanding Consumer Behaviour
6537  Financial Management
6533  Information Systems and Organisations


On successful completion of the ICL Diploma in Business students will be eligible for three qualifications:

  • ICL Diploma in Business from ICL Business School
  • International Advanced Diploma in Business from NCC Education
  • New Zealand Diploma in Business from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority

Graduates of the Diploma can enter the third year of some 30 UK universities and have guaranteed entry into the second year of AUT University in NZ.


Pathways to AUT University

ICL Business School is the only private school in NZ with pathways to AUT that offer credit transfer. Graduates of the ICL Diploma in Business can expect a year’s credit transfer, or 120 points. Students who average B+ in their papers can expect to achieve 150 credit points, which will enable them to complete the Bachelor of Business at AUT in 1.5 years.


NCC Education

For over 35 years NCC Education has been one of the world’s global leaders in providing education, allowing students the opportunity to gain internationally recognised qualifications by studying at one of its Accredited Partner Centres around the world.

In collaboration with over 200 Accredited Partner Centres in more than 45 countries, NCC Education helps its 25,000 students develop the skills and knowledge required to access a rewarding career.

The varied qualifications are recognised by universities and employers worldwide, enabling students to study for a degree course either through an existing NCC Education affiliated University or through one of their choice, in pursuit of their ideal job.

NCC Education aims to help students develop personally and professionally through its internationally recognised qualifications and broaden the scope of opportunity for them.

Pathways to third year of university study in the UK.

The ICL Diploma in Business is equivalent to two years of a typical UK honours degree programme.

The Diploma is recognised by universities and employers worldwide. Articulations from other UK universities exist including the following, which offer entry to the third or final year or “top-up” programme on their respective degree pathways.

Details can be found on the NCC Education website. There are also pathways to USQ in Australia with 2 years’ credit and Deakin University with 1.5 years’ credit transfer.


Entry requirements:

  • High school graduation
  • English score of IELTS 6.0, with no band less than 5.5, or equivalent in the ICL Proficiency Test, or other equivalent recognized by NZQA.


Programme length:

  • 2.5 academic year programme
  • 16 papers
  • Five trimesters, over 20 calendar months

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