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NZ Certificate in Business - Level 4

Overview

The Business Management Programme, offered by Aspire2, incorporating the NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business), is an introductory Level 4 qualification.

It has been developed in a flexible online-learning format which offers learners an opportunity to gain a nationally recognized business qualification while studying from home, or their workplace.

The aim of the NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4) 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 (Small Business) (Level 4) is an NZQA approved 60 credit nationally recognized qualification. Students complete five compulsory courses – three at 10 credits, and two at 15 credits. Successful completion of all five courses is required to gain the awards and qualifications listed above.


Compulsory Courses

  • BSB401 – Introduction to Small Business (10 credits)
  • BSB402 – Human Resources for Small Business (15 credits)
  • BSB403 – Marketing a Small Business (10 credits)
  • BSB404 – Small Business Finance (10 credits)
  • BSB405 – Small Business Project (15 credits)


8 Quick Facts

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

  1. You will learn about management, customer service, human resources, marketing, finance, and business planning
  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 5 introductory papers at level four of the NZQA national qualification framework
  5. No tertiary academic prerequisites for entry
  6. You will need to commit approximately 15 hours per week to study
  7. A 40 week 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 working full-time or part-time already, and would like to up-skill yourself with managerial skills and knowledge
  • YES, if you are between jobs and would like a significant addition to your CV before returning to the workforce
  • YES, if you are being delegated management type work but you’re not getting extra pay because you don’t have the qualification
  • YES, if you are looking to move up to a supervisory or entry management position
  • YES, if you can’t afford to stop work and need to up-skill in your own time
  • YES, if you are in a front-line management position looking to gain recognition for the skills and knowledge you have, and formalise your experience

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PROGRAMME CONTENT

Introduction to Small Business

(BSB401)

Human Resources for Small Business

(BSB402)

Marketing a Small Business

(BSB403)

Small Business Finance

(BSB404)

Small Business Project

(BSB405)

Introduction to Small Business (BSB401)

  • 10 credits
  • Level 4
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:

  • Implement a system of monitoring and improving business performance
  • Implement technology options for a business
  • Select and apply customer service techniques to maximize customer satisfaction
  • Maintain personal and/or professional growth for the ongoing effectiveness of the business

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Develop and implement an appropriate improvement system and technology option according to the requirements of business objectives
  • Identify and apply effective communication techniques to build and improve relationships with a broad range of customers according to the requirements of the business objectives
  • Undertake self-assessment of leadership capabilities and make recommendations for professional growth that improves business effectiveness and internal capabilities

Human Resources for Small Business (BSB402)

  • 15 credits
  • Level 4
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:Manage staff and human resource processes for a business

  • Develop and maintain effective business relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner
  • Comply with internal policies and legislation, and other external requirements for a business
  • Maintain personal and/or professional growth for the ongoing effectiveness of the business
  • Work independently and show initiative for achieving goals

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Manage human resource processes and internal stakeholder relationships appropriately according to the business, legislative, and ethical requirements
  • Incorporate personal and professional development within human resource processes to enhance the ongoing effectiveness for achieving the business goals

Marketing a Small Business (BSB403)

  • 10 credits
  • Level 4
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:

  • Manage the marketing activities for a business
  • Implement technology options for a business
  • Develop and maintain effective business relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Manage marketing activities using a range of marketing practices and technology options to meet the objectives of a business
  • Apply professional and ethical behavior when marketing or evaluating a product or service to build and maintain effective business relationships with stakeholders

Small Business Finance (BSB404)

  • 10 credits
  • Level 4
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:

  • Manage the finances for a business
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner
  • Comply with internal policies and legislation, and other external requirements for a business
  • Maintain personal and/or professional growth for the ongoing effectiveness of the business
  • Work independently and show initiative for achieving goals

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Manage financial processes to meet the requirements of the business in an ethical and professional manner according to internal policies, legislation, and other external requirements of the business
  • Identify personal development opportunities in relation to financial operations, capability to show initiative, and enhance growth for the ongoing effectiveness of a business

Small Business Project (BSB405)

  • 15 credits
  • Level 4
  • Core paper

Purpose:

Students will be able to:

  • Develop a business plan for small businesses
  • Select and apply customer service techniques to maximize customer service satisfaction
  • Develop and maintain effective business relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior, in a socially and culturally appropriate manner
  • Comply with internal policies and legislation, and other external requirements for a business
  • Maintain personal and/or professional growth for the ongoing effectiveness of the business
  • Work independently and show initiative for achieving goals

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Prepare a measureable business plan for a small business that addresses financial, marketing, customer service and stakeholder relations, human resources (including skills of the owner and staff), sustainability, and ethics in accordance with the business objectives and compliance

Awards and Qualifications

This programme contains the following qualifications:

  • NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) - Level 4

Each course 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 also recommended you have at least one year’s work experience or completed the NZ Certificate in Business (Introduction to Small Business) Level 3.  This is an entry-level course for anyone who has not studied business or management before; or those who have basic experience in management and now wish to update their knowledge and skills. You do not need to be employed in a management position.

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.

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. 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 5 courses to be awarded the qualifications listed above.


Recognition of the Qualification

The NZ Certificate in Business (Small Business) (Level 4) 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 (Small Business) (Level 4), students may continue their education by studying for the NZ Diploma in Business (Level 5) which leads into management degrees at other tertiary institutes.


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 40 weeks, however there is a little flexibility in this for extreme circumstances.

You will need to commit approximately 15 hours per week to study, depending on your individual study technique and learning speed.

A 40-week 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 40 weeks. You can finish faster by handing in assignments before the due date.


Course Start Dates

Aspire2 take ‘rolling-enrolments’, meaning you can start this programme anytime during the year. Applications are processed weekly, and your 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 online 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

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  • 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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