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NZ Certificate in Business - Level 3

Overview

The Business Management Programme, offered by Aspire2, incorporating the NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business), is an introductory Level 3 qualification.

It has been developed in an e-learning format to offer learners the option of studying from home, or at their workplace, to gain a nationally recognised business qualification.

The aim of the NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3) is to provide participants with:

  • Knowledge and skills in personal, workplace and enterprise management
  • Practical experience in using their learning in simulated and real enterprise settings
  • The ability and confidence to transfer their learning into their future lives.

The NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3) is an NZQA approved 60 credit nationally recognised qualification. Students complete four compulsory courses – all at 15 credits. Successful completion of all four courses is required to gain the awards and qualifications listed above.

Compulsory Courses

  • BSB301 – Small Business Opportunities (15 credits)
  • BSB302 – Small Business Operations (15 credits)
  • BSB303 – Small Business Feasibility (15 credits)
  • BSB304 – Small Business Establishment Plan (15 credits)


8 Quick Facts

This is an e-learning programme which enables you to study from anywhere in NZ.

  1. You will learn about identifying and assessing business opportunities, business operations, feasibility, and developing an establishment plan
  2. The programme is of high quality, is highly recognised, and NZQA approved
  3. Learn from the comfort of home… or down at the beach… or while sipping a coffee in town… anywhere, anytime
  4. Consists of 4 introductory papers at level three of the NZQA national qualification framework
  5. No tertiary academic prerequisites for entry
  6. Study part-time or full-time - you will need to commit approximately 15 hours per week to study part-time, or 30 hours per week full-time.
  7. A 20-week (full-time) or 40-week (part-time) study plan and assignment schedule will be set for you
  8. Support throughout the course is via Moodle, email, and free phone.  We can assist you in many ways that can make your study easier and faster.

Is this qualification for you?

  • YES, if you are new to the business world and would like to better understand how small businesses operate
  • YES, if you are between jobs and/or are considering starting your own business
  • YES, if you can’t afford to stop work and need to up-skill in your own time

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PROGRAMME CONTENT

Small Business Opportunities

(BSB301)

Small Business Operations

(BSB302)

Small Business Feasibility

(BSB303)

Small Business Establishment

(BSB304)

Small Business Opportunities (BSB301)

  • 15 credits
  • Level 3
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:

  • Identify relevant business opportunities
  • Assess the feasibility and viability of a small business
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • Understand the importance of business relationships with stakeholders for a successful business
  • Apply effective problem-solving and decision-making for small business purposes
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Identify and assess business opportunities for the creation of a small business relevant to own personal abilities, interests, and preferences; in a bi or multicultural environment

Small Business Operations (BSB302)

  • 15 credits
  • Level 3
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:

  • Identify relevant business opportunities
  • Evaluate technology options to effectively operate a small business
  • Apply effective problem-solving and decision-making for small business purposes
  • Identify legislation and other external requirements for a small business
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • Understand the importance of business relationships with stakeholders for a successful business
  • Apply interpersonal skills to contribute to the business’s effectiveness
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Identify and assess technology options for small business opportunities, relevant to own personal abilities, interests, and preferences
  • Identify and engage effectively with stakeholders to identify the legal, regulatory, and other external requirements for a new small business

Small Business Feasibility (BSB303)

  • 15 credits
  • Level 3
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:

  • Identify relevant business opportunities
  • Assess the feasibility and viability of a small business
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • Apply effective problem-solving and decision-making for small business purposes
  • Evaluate technology options to effectively operate a small business
  • Manage self effectively to contribute to performance of a small business


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Identify and assess the feasibility and viability of small business opportunities relevant to own personal abilities, interests, and preference
  • Identify and assess the feasibility of technology options to effectively operate a small business that is relevant to own personal abilities, interests, and preferences

Small Business Establishment (BSB304)

  • 15 credits
  • Level 3
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:

  • Produce and establishment plan for a small business
  • Evaluate technology options to effectively operate a small business
  • Communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • Understand the importance of business relationships with stakeholders for a successful business
  • Apply interpersonal skills to contribute to the business’s effectiveness
  • Apply effective problem-solving and decision-making for small business purposes
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner
  • Manage self effectively to contribute to performance of a small business
  • Identify legislation and other external requirements for a small business

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Produce an establishment plan that meets the needs of the small business requirements, including: finance, funding, technology options, marketing, resources, environmental factors, legislation, stakeholder relationships, and ownership structure

Awards and Qualifications

This programme contains the following qualifications:

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) - Level 3

Each paper successfully completed will be recognised and recorded as individual achievements in your Aspire2 student Record of Learning.


Entry requirements

There are no tertiary academic prerequisites for this course, however it is recommended you have NCEA Level 2 or equivalent ability. It is an entry-level course for anyone who has not studied business or management before.

If you are unsure if you meet one or more of these criteria, please contact us for clarification.


Student Fees & Allowances

Student Loans and Allowances ARE NOT AVAILABLE for the Part-time option.  You may be eligible for Loans and Allowances if you are studying Full-time - you will need to check with StudyLink for your eligibility.

There are NO STUDENT FEES if you are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident over 18 years of age. Citizens of Australia, Cook Islands, Nuie and Tokelau are also eligible. We are unable to take enrolments from international students.


Administration Charge

A one-off administration charge for the programme applies (see the Application Form for details). The payment is required in full when you submit your application. If your application is unsuccessful, your administration charge will be refunded to you. There are no other hidden costs, or requirement to purchase textbooks.

Administration fee includes:

  • Access to Aspire2 Student Support Services
  • Access to a Moodle and course information
  • Access to tutorial and assessment support

Included in your zero-fee course are:

  • All educational materials
  • All assessments
  • Certification of a NZQA national qualification

Payment Options

Your payment options for the administration charge are: cheque, direct credit, and credit card. Student Loan is available for those who are eligible, studying full-time. Payment details are on the Application & Enrolment Form.


Assessment

This qualification is assessed using achievement based assessments. Aspire2 has produced Achievement Scales to describe grades in each skill area. Assessment guides are constructed out of these scales to provide tasks, assignments or exercises. Each task or assignment is graded and an overall grade is awarded to each course. A C grade or higher is required to pass each paper and learners are required to pass all 4 courses to be awarded the qualifications listed above.


Recognition of the Qualification

The NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3) has been approved by NZQA as a quality assured qualification and accreditation is provided to institutions by NZQA.

On successful completion of the NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) (Level 3) , students may continue their education by studying any of the following:

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Business (First Line Management) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Business (Accounting Support Services) (Level 4)
  • NZ Certificate in Business (Administration and Technology (Level 4)

Duration

This programme is available online for  students wanting the flexibility to study from anywhere, at any time. There is a pre-approved duration for the programme of 20-weeks (full-time) or  40-weeks (part-time, however these is a little flexibility in this for extreme circumstances.

You will need to commit approximately 30 hours per week (full-time) or 15 hours per week (part-time)  to study, depending on your individual study technique and learning speed.

A study plan and assignment schedule will be set for you. The dates in this schedule are the maximum time-frame for each course so you can complete within 20 or 40 weeks.


Course Start Dates

Aspire2 take ‘rolling-enrolments’, meaning you can start this programme anytime during the year. Applications are processed weekly, and your 20/40-week schedule starts from when you are approved and you have access to your e-learning platform.


Other Course Requirements

All of the necessary materials required to successfully complete assessments will be available through the Moodle e-learning platform.  For some assessments, you may like to do additional research through textbooks or the internet, however you won’t be required to purchase textbooks.  You must have access to a computer, a reliable internet connection, and email (preferably with Microsoft Office or compatible programme).

Enrolment process

Our enrolment process is quick and easy.

  • 1
    Enrol

    Choose an enrolment option. Read more

  • 2
    Pay admin fee

    We accept cheque, credit card or direct deposit

  • 3
    Send application

    Fill in our online form or download, print & post it

  • 4
    Await confirmation

    We'll send you an email when we receive your application and another email when we have approved your application

  • 5
    After approval

    You will receive a courier pack with your welcome letter, handbook, study guide, assignment dates and workbooks - so you can get started straight away!

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