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New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5)

STARTS: July 2023
Madras Street
International Close Date: 20 January for February start

COVID-19 vaccination information

Placements or workplace assignments are an integral part of this programme.You don’t need to supply evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination status to apply for this programme, but please be aware that some workplaces may require evidence from you that you are fully vaccinated from COVID-19 before allowing you to complete work at their organisation.

Equip yourself with management skills for the hospitality industry.

This Level 5 diploma will equip you with skills and knowledge for a wide range of roles within the hospitality industry, including trainee manager, supervisor or team leader.

You'll learn about leadership principles, how to build and maintain positive staff relationships, and how to monitor and maintain operating procedures and compliance requirements. Key areas covered include the importance of excellent customer service and how to work in collaborative, team-based environments within restaurant, bar, barista, hotel reception and accommodation contexts.

In addition, you'll gain a sound understanding of local and international tourism and the essential contribution tourists make to the hospitality industry. You'll undertake a practical work placement which will give you the opportunity to set personal and professional development goals.

A mix of delivery will be used, including class sessions, workshops, collaborative projects, industry visits, field trips, guest speakers and online learning. Throughout the programme your training will involve authentic situations and take place in real-life environments such as our on-campus restaurant, café, bar and barista training room, and our hotel reception and hotel suite.

To meet Health and Safety requirements, applicants must be physically able to undertake the practical components of the programme in an industry emulated environment.

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$7,210 - $8,046 per year
International Fee
$25,000 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023

NCEA Level 2

If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

Still want to study but don't meet the Academic Requirements?

If you show that you have equivalent skills for tertiary study gained through study, work and/or life experience, you may be able to gain alternative entry.

Note: The number of courses you have to complete for this qualification may be reduced where you have relevant credits from previous study, or evidence of similar learning or experience in the workplace.

What if English is not my first Language?

If English is not your first language, we want to make sure that you will be successful in your chosen programme of study.

  • Please provide a result from a test or qualification on the acceptable alternatives English Proficiency Outcomes Chart.
  • If you are a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident, complete an Admission and Enrolment form and Ara will contact you regarding a free assessment.
  • If you are not a New Zealand Citizen or Permanent resident, book an IELTS or other test through the Ara Examination Centre or in your home country.
  • IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.
  • What if I have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance?
  • You do not need to provide additional evidence of English Language skills.

Overall IELTS 5.5 Academic

  • 5.0 Listening
  • 5.0 Reading
  • 5.0 Writing
  • 5.0 Speaking

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

On completion of this qualification you'll have the skills and confidence to work as a junior or trainee manager, supervisor or team leader across a range of areas within hospitality.

Study pathways

This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Level 6 and the Bachelor of International Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Food technology

New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5)

FULL-TIME - 1 Year

Equip yourself with management skills for the hospitality industry.

Type Diploma
Code NZ2539
Next Starts July 2023
May be available for Study Visa? Yes
International application close date 20 January for February start
Credits 120
Level 5
Additional Equipment/Fees Course-related costs advised on enrolment
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ2539-STRU

Fees for 2023

Domestic Fee
$7,210 - $8,046 per year
International Fee
$25,000 per year
Valid To
December 31, 2023
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NZ Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 5) - July 2023 - Christchurch
Start date: 24 July 2023

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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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