- The ability to work well under pressure
- To have a good work ethic
- A desire to constantly update your skills.
- The minimum academic entry criteria is NCEA Level 2, or equivalent.
- International students will be individually assessed to ensure you meet the entry requirements.
All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:
- must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.5, with no band score lower than 5.0 OR
- must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.
Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills.
We also prefer that you have one of the following:
- A relevant hospitality qualification at Level 4, OR
- Two years' relevant work experience.
You must supply certified copies of proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate).
Please include your academic records with your application (English translations required if not in English):
- For those attending secondary school or recent school leavers - NCEA results or equivalent. If still at secondary school, please also list what subjects you are studying this year and at what level.
- For other applicants - copies of relevant results and/or qualifications.
If you have not completed a relevant Level 4 Hospitality qualification, you also need to provide:
- A CV detailing your qualifications/academic records, your interests and hobbies and details of your work experience.
- A cover letter (max. 500 words) which explains:
- why you have chosen to study this Diploma
- your expectations of the programme
- your career goals in the hospitality industry
- the steps you have already taken to progress your career goals to improve your chances of being accepted into the programme.
You may also have to undertake an interview.
If the number of applicants who meet the requirements exceeds the available places, a waitlist will be used to ensure preference is given to applicants in order of application.
During your induction day, you have the opportunity to purchase your full uniform from Otago Polytechnic's preferred supplier. You should expect to spend approximately $500 on programme-specific equipment. This will be covered by the 'Course-Related Costs' section of your student loan (if you are eligible) .You may already have some or all of the required uniform and equipment.
You will study
Your learning will include how to manage facilities, inventory and supplies; how to monitor and maintain operations and staffing; and how to plan budgets and rosters. In addition, you will discover sales and promotion techniques and how to market a service product.
The programme will be offered full-time over one year. The structure comprises of seven courses.
First semester (courses studied in the order they are listed)
- Introduction to Hospitality Management
- Marketing Fundamentals and Finance
- Human Resources.
Second semester (courses studied in the order they are listed)
- Operational Management and Work Experience
- Applied Management in Action.
In addition, work experience runs through part of the second semester.
This structure allows you to take your learning from the classroom and to apply it in a work-based context within Otago Polytechnic's commercial operations and within industry placements. You will compare/contrast your class learning to your workplace learning, implement the skills you have learned, and reflect on their progress. This will help cement your newly acquired skills into lifelong learning patterns that will help you to succeed in the workplace.
Programme specific risks
There are a number of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) issues associated with practical work in areas specific to a commercial kitchen, café and restaurant environment. These include, but are not limited to, burns from hot liquids or hot objects and cuts from sharp instruments.
Alcohol tasting and consumption may be a risk for some individuals. In compliance with the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012, parental consent for alcohol consumption as tastings in line with curriculum specifications must be obtained if you are under 18 years of age. Risks will be outlined in more detail during the programme.
Please note: Consumption of alcohol is NOT a compulsory part of the course and other methods of identifying and obtaining knowledge of products can easily be employed on request.
Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
Recognition of prior learning
If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Otago Poytechnic. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification. Phone 0800 762 786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.