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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Level 3

Level 3

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (with strands in Café Service & Function Services) will provide you with skills to become a valued member of a café or functions team and real-world experience in our restaurant and events.

Hospitality lecturer Niels Huibers shows a student how to make the perfect coffee
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui, HLC Levin**

Duration: 1 semester, full-time

Palmerston North
20 Feb 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
24 Jul 2017 - 1 Dec 2017

20 Feb 2017 - 30 Jun 2017

HLC Levin
20 Feb 2017 - 30 Jun 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$3,041.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

Learn the essentials of working in hospitality with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3). You'll prepare and serve the types of food and beverages offered at cafés and functions, and develop professional communication skills.

Note to Levin students - you can study this programme at HLC Levin.

Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service will be able to:

  • Apply health and safety, food safety and security practices
  • Communicate confidently with colleagues and customers
  • Follow standard operating procedures to deal with familiar problems in a hospitality establishment

Employment opportunities include working in:

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bars
  • Overseas work
  • Or staircase to further study
To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Hospitality Workers.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

Learning Facilities

Our students learn from professionals and gain practical experience in our on-site training restaurants.

Domestic Entry Requirements

NCEA Level 1 (including 10 Literacy credits and 10 Numeracy credits)


Equivalent academic achievement


On a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants.

English language proficiency
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.

Advice & Guidance

The New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3) (with strands in Café Services and Functions Services) comprises 60 credits. 

Full attendance is encouraged to maximise learning opportunities and to optimise success for students.  To meet external examination requirements, 80% attendance of practical classes is compulsory.

This programme will require students to work after hours when studying at the Palmerston North and Whanganui campus.

This programme is an excellent starting point for those wanting to work in restaurants or bars. It is recommended that applicants have met the literacy and numeracy requirements for NCEA Level 1 or equivalent.

Recognition of prior learning
Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.

Students at HLC Levin
Programme requirements may vary. Please contact your tutor for details.

Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Level 3 of approximately $170:
  • UCOL uniform
  • Safety shoes

Optional - City & Guilds International, Level 1 Certificate in Food and Beverage Services (8066 – 01) - Approximately $200

Course Information

  • Standard Operating Procedures in the Hospitality Industry
  • The Cafe
  • Function Food Service


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.