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Level 5 Tourism and Travel Studies

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This diploma-level programme is designed to give students with an interest in local or international tourism, the skills they need to create exciting, and entrepreneurial guided visitor experiences anywhere in the world.

Tourism and travel is about exploration and experiences, and one of the highlights of this programme are the field trips for students to experience tourism and hospitality centres around New Zealand.

An integral part of the programme is the work experience component, where students can experience what it’s like to work in a customer facing environment, and directly apply their knowledge gained in class.

Students of the programme will learn how to manage workplace practices required of a tourism organisation and incorporate the indigenous values of manaakitanga and whanaungatanga in travel and tourism practices.

Graduates will be able to analyse and evaluate local, national, and international tourism operating environments, systems, and processes in order to support decision-making, deliver a quality visitor experience, and contribute to overall business effectiveness.


  • 120 credits, full time, 2 semesters
  • 8 compulsory modules
  • Includes work experience component



Graduates will have the communication and technical competence to apply for any industry and/or academic programmes at Level 6 or 7 or to cross-credit into the BCIS.


Graduates will be able to work in senior roles within the tourism and travel sector:

  • Tourism operations advisors
  • Tour managers
  • Business/trade development advisors

Entry criteria

  • Completion of high school
  • Evidence of English proficiency, equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0 or equivalent score on an acceptable international English proficiency test

Recommended Prior Knowledge

Any Level 4 New Zealand Certificate in Tourism or equivalent or Food Safety Certificate and Barista Certificate or tourism and hospitality experience at Dean’s discretion

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