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New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) (Cookery)

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Online, On-Campus

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Earn while you learn with our in-work cookery programme!

Designed for those already working in a culinary environment, you'll design your own advanced dishes and menus; learn how to manage workflow, staffing and supplies in a commercial kitchen; develop a deep understanding of sustainable practice; and ensure you're current with regional, national and global cuisine trends.

We offer this programme from both our Central Otago and Dunedin campuses.

Our Central Otago offering involves a series of bespoke masterclasses which will ensure learning is tailored to your needs. You'll also take part in five, three-day workshops and five, in-work check-in days. Our Dunedin offering involves an application of prior learning process (APEL) and our expert staff working one-on-one with you in the workplace to meet your needs. Working while learning with both options will enable you to reflect on and analyse your current practice and implement changes to how you work.

Further study options

When you graduate, you'll be in a great position to apply for our Bachelor of Culinary Arts (offered at our Dunedin Campus).

Your workload: All of your study will be highly-structured, guided and self-directed and you'll need to have good time management skills. A full-time student should typically aim for around 30-40 hours of study per week including work-based learning (and therefore a part-time student would need to aim for 15-20 hours). You'll need to engage with the online resources and activities, and complete assessments and work placements.

Entry criteria

The New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4), or equivalent, OR evidence of at least one year of relevant industry experience.

International students will be individually assessed to ensure you meet the entry requirements.

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.

IELTS test: General or 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 qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; Pearson test of english (ACADEMIC): PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36; Language Certificate: B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

Start: Rolling intake from February

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