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Bachelor of Culinary Arts

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

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Develop the technical cooking skills, creative design techniques and innovative business practices you need to become a market leader within the ever-evolving food industry.

Learn specialised culinary techniques, creative thinking skills and innovative practices, and ways to develop innovative offerings with a competitive edge. Your studies also include learning about business planning, brand development and marketing strategy.

Through applied hands-on projects with local employers and businesses, you will gain real-world skills and have the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in industry.

Students’ aspirations are the key driver behind how we structure our courses and our teaching methods. If you are passionate about a particular area of food, then our degree will allow you to develop a career within it.

The Bachelor of Culinary Arts is right for you if you have:

  • a passion for food and cooking
  • a curious mind, and
  • a desire to experiment with food.

Provisional entry

A school leaver or an adult applicant who does not meet all of the entry criteria may be given provisional entry to Year One at the discretion of the Head of School.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong motivation and desire to achieve in the food industry.

Those provisional entrants who successfully complete and pass year one will be deemed to have met entry requirements and provisional status will be removed.

Your workload

Course work for this programme will require approximately 20 hours of directed study in the form of classroom sessions and workshops per week. It is expected that you will spend approximately 20 hours of your own time in self-directed study in order to successfully complete the programme.


On campus with practical sessions in our training restaurant. An option is available for those with relevant work experience through the assessment of prior learning facilitation process.

Entry criteria

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

*Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020 you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. a total of 36 credits).

If you do not hold the above qualifications, you must demonstrate equivalent qualifications/experience. Mature applicants with work and life experience are encouraged to apply.

A school leaver or an adult applicant who does not meet all of the entry criteria may be given provisional entry to year one at the discretion of the Head of School.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure you meet degree-level entry requirements.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

By 30 November. Late applications are accepted based on the availability of places in the programme.

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