There are two different types of undergraduate diplomas - pre-degree and degree level study.
The one-year, Level 5 Diplomas in Agriculture and Horticulture do not require university entrance and can be studied full-time, part-time or off campus at some locations. Students who complete one of these diplomas can continue on to the Level 6 Diplomas in Farm Management or Horticultural Management.
Should you decide to continue on to a degree, some credit can be gained for your diploma courses.
The Level 5 Diplomas in Applied Science, Commerce, Māori Studies, Natural Resources, Social Science and Software and Information technology are intended for those who have achieved university entrance and want to undertake degree level study but do not want to commit to three years of study. They can be studied full-time or part-time. All the courses passed can be credited to a bachelor's degree.