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New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced)

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Enhance your employment opportunities in commercial kitchens with the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) Level 5.

This qualification will give you the credentials needed to advance into senior positions in the kitchen and develop your impressive culinary capabilities further.

You will learn:

  • Kitchen Management
  • Larder production
  • Food Preparation
  • Menu Design and Delivery

Course Content

Compulsory Papers

  • 16895 Demonstrate knowledge of purchasing and stores management in a hospitality environment.
  • 22032 Develop a maintenance schedule in the hospitality industry
  • 27935 Apply staffing strategies to achieve service delivery outcomes for operational roles in a service delivery organisation
  • 27936 Manage operating procedures and compliance requirements to meet service delivery outcomes.
  • 27938 Manage staff to meet service delivery outcomes.
  • NDC501 Larder Production
  • NDC502 Food Preparation
  • NDC503 Menu Design

Supervisory/Management Papers - 45 credits must be completed

  • NDC504 Culinary Operations Supervision
  • NDC505 Culinary Operations Management
  • HTM505 Food and Beverage Management
  • HTM507 Hotel Operations
  • HTM509 Hospitality Service Delivery Systems

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) and be awarded the qualification the student must successfully:

Cookery Strand

  • Achieve all of the graduate profile outcomes for that strand showing competence to a minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with strands in Cookery.
  • Complete required theoretical and practical course work and assignments.

The student will normally be expected to complete the Cookery strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with strands in Cookery full-time over 34 tutorial weeks.

Career Opportunities

This programme leads to senior employment opportunities in the hospitality industry in fine dining restaurants and commercial kitchens, including specialist and commercial catering. Graduates may also progress to further study in hospitality management at degree level.

Entry criteria

Entry into the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with strands in Cookery will be granted to applicants who:

Have successfully completed the New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4), or
The National Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) (Level 4), or
An equivalent programme of study

Applicants may be required to attend an interview, or if they live some distance from the campus, complete a telephone interview. Applicants must produce copies of applicable supporting certificates and/or evidence of prior achievements prior to interviews.

Personal commitment and a belief in one’s own ability to succeed are important personal traits and will always be taken into consideration.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS test - Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5
  • TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)
  • TOEFL Internet based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14)
  • Cambridge English Examination – B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
  • OET - Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
  • NZCEL - a) Expiring Level b) Current:
  • Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36
  • Language Cert - B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
  • Trinity ISE - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

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