(HCPW302)Hospitality Career Pathways.xml Hospitality career pathways

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CourseHospitality Career Pathways

Annual Fees(indicative 2017)

Programme Code


This programme is fees free for Secondary Tertiary Pathways








Christchurch - Madras Street, Oamaru and Timaru

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Course Content

Take the first step towards a career in the dynamic world of hospitality.

On this course you'll acquire skills and techniques to effectively and efficiently carry out a range of tasks within a hospitality environment.

* We are happy to work with you to create a timetable that best suits your needs. Please contact youthtransition@ara.ac.nz for more information.

Course Structure

To complete this Youth course you are required to do the NZQF unit standards outlined in the table below. The credits above are Ara credits which you will receive upon completion of this course. Please note the number of credits may be different.

Unit / Achievement Standard Number Unit Standard Title Version No NZQF Credits Level 1 Credits Level 2 Credits Level 3 Credits
13325 Prepare and bake basic cakes, sponges and scones in a commercial kitchen. 5 4 4
13331 Prepare and cook pickles, chutneys and preserves in a commercial kitchen. 5 4 4
14441 Provide café counter service in a hospitality establishment. 6 5 5
27955 Apply food safety practices in a food related business. 2 5 5
17284 Demonstrate knowledge of coffee origin and production. 6 3 3
17285 Demonstrate knowledge of commercial espresso coffee equipment and prepare espresso beverages under supervision. 9 4 4
17288 Prepare and present espresso beverages for service. 7 5 5


Academic requirements

To enrol you must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or hold a visa which allows you to be enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school.


If English is not your first language you are also required to provide evidence of your English language skills as listed below or credits in English rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

IELTS 5.5 Academic (with no band score lower than 5.0).  For acceptable alternatives refer to the English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this course please complete:

  • An application form

Application documents

Study pathways

A variety of programmes offer the opportunity to gain more skills and a qualification for employment in hospitality. These include:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery level 3
  • Certificate in Hospitality level 2
  • New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) with Barista and Cafe Service strands
  • National Diploma in Hospitality Management Level 5


Cookery and hospitality offer a huge array of career opportunities. Restaurants, hotels, resorts, cafes and cruise ships all require competent staff who can provide excellent service to their customers.