Certificate in Business


Harim Lee

Final-year student
Bachelor of Business in International Finance and Marketing
Certificate in Business

“The Certificate in Business was particularly helpful, as it helped me gain the confidence to return to university and engage in a different discipline. After finishing the certificate, I started the Bachelor of Business and was in the honours roll for my first year.”

Read more about her story here.

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The one-semester Certificate in Business gives you an introduction to the main areas involved in studying business. This paper introduces you to a range of business and academic skills, as well as the literacy and numeracy skills you need to study at degree level. After successfully completing the certificate you can apply for the Bachelor of Business.

Programme Code: AK4740
Level: 4
Points: 60
Duration: 1 semester full-time
Venue: City Campus and South Campus*
Start Date: 17 July 2017, 26 Feb and 16 July 2018

AUT University encourages early application. This qualification will remain open until all places have been filled.


Minimum entry requirements
Completion of Year 13 or equivalent

Selection criteria
Preference will be given to applicants who have at least 50 NCEA level 3 credits and have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for University Entrance or equivalent

*South Campus students
Students enrolled in the Certificate in Business at the South Campus are expected to have their own personal laptop or netbook while studying. Technology is an essential part of the way in which students will learn both in and out of class time. The personal laptops will be an important part of students' learning toolkit as they develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be a business professional in the 21st century.


The certificate consists of the BUSS401 - Introductory Business Studies which is worth 60 points. You gain knowledge and skills in business disciplines, preparing you for study in the Bachelor of Business.

The outcomes for graduates of this programme are outlined in the Graduate Profile.


Last updated: 09-May-2016 3.42pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.