New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 6).xml New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management (Level 6)

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New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management L6

DiplomaFull-time, 1 year

Programme code



February, July





Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

20 January for February start, 20 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street

Annual Fees(indictive 2020)


$4,080 -$5,610



Course related costs

Course-related costs advised on enrolment

About this programme

Prepare to take on management responsibilities in the fast-paced world of hospitality.

This Level 6 diploma explores hospitality at a management level and focuses on how to think rather than what to think. You'll learn how to manage and develop staff to ensure excellent customer experiences, and how to enhance positive staff relationships through negotiation, communication, consultation and reporting strategies.

Hospitality operations are covered in depth. You'll learn how to plan and develop business strategies that encompass financial management, product development, sales and marketing and continuous improvement processes. You'll also learn how to manage change to improve business performance, and the role of technology in management and marketing technology-driven solutions. The role of sustainability and the impacts of tourism and hospitality on infrastructure and the environment are also explored.

A practical work placement will give your learning context and will enable you to use research methodologies to investigate a topic or solve a problem connected to the workplace.

Throughout the programme a mix of delivery will be used, including class sessions, workshops, industry visits, field trips, guest speakers, collaborative projects and online learning.

Career opportunities

On completion of this qualification you'll be ready to work in management roles with minimal supervision, across a wide range of hospitality environments including kitchens, restaurants, bars, cafes, accommodation and catering.

Study pathways

This qualification can lead to the Bachelor of International Tourism and Hospitality Management.

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Food technology

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • New Zealand Diploma in Hospitality Management Level 5 (or equivalent).

Alternative requirements
  • 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. Contact Ara for advice.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

Applicants who meet the requirements for admission are accepted into the programme in the order their applications are received.

Next steps

Application documents

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.