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New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5)

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


SIT Queenstown Campus


Are you a people-person who loves to travel? Are you working in the tourism industry and want to upskill for that dream job? Are you looking for a career with tremendous potential, in an interesting and dynamic field?

The tourism industry is looking to find 36,000 workers across New Zealand by 2025, so we are going through a tourism boom. And it's just not on our local shores! All across the world, more and more people are getting out and travelling domestically and internationally. Today, tourism directly and indirectly employs one in eight working Kiwis.

Tourism and travel operators are seeking the right people, with the right skills, to assist clients and visitors achieve their dream holiday experience, while supporting regional development.

If this sounds like you, the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel may be the right programme for you.

This one-year qualification allows you to experience and learn about the national and international tourism industry, as well as the delivery of a comprehensive visitor experience. You'll build skills in tourism and travel management work practices while learning about the wider tourism and hospitality sector and how it fits within the New Zealand business environment.

Course Content

  • DDT501 Principles of Tourism (15 credits)
  • DDT504 Principles of Tourism Marketing (15 credits)
  • DDT503 Principles of Tourism Management (15 credits)
  • DDT506 Financial Analysis for Tourism (15 credits)
  • DDT507 Tourism and Travel Operations (15 credits)
  • DDT505 Human Resource Management for Tourism (15 credits)
  • DDT502 Principles of Communication (15 credits)
  • DDT508 Managing the Visitor Experience (15 credits)

Satisfactory Completion

To satisfactorily complete the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) and be awarded this qualification the student must successfully achieve:

  • A minimum of 120 credits in accordance with the programme schedule for the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5).
  • The student will normally be expected to complete the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5) full-time over one year or part-time over four years.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to work as operators in the hotel, tourism, and travel industries. Roles may include tourism operations advisers, tourism business development coordinators, trade development advisers.

Graduates will be able to pursue professional careers, both nationally and internationally in the following areas within the hotel and tourism industries:

  • Human resource management
  • Strategic management
  • Financial management
  • Marketing management
  • Hotel operations
  • Food and beverage management

Qualification Pathways

This course pathways into the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 6).

Entry criteria

School Leavers

Applicants should be a minimum of 18 years of age, have completed a minimum of four years secondary education, and have attained a minimum of NCEA Level 3: 60 credits at Level 3 or above, plus 20 credits from Level 2 or above, and Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy requirements: Literacy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of: specified assessment standards – available through a range of subjects and English for Academic Purposes unit standards 22750 and 22751 (minimum total of 10 credits), or package of three literacy unit standards (26622, 26624, 26625 – all three required), and Numeracy – 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of: specified achievement standards through a range of subjects, or package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627 – all three required).

Applicants over 20 years: Applicants over the age of 20 years at time of enrolment will be considered where they can demonstrate the ability to succeed in a programme.

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: a) 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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