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New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced)

Level 5

The New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) with strand in Cookery will provide you with the management and supervision skills to run a commercial kitchen and get real-world experience with work placement opportunities in top restaurants.

Students learning how to plate a dessert at our Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: Palmerston North, Whanganui

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Dates:
Palmerston North
20 Feb 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

Whanganui
20 Feb 2017 - 24 Nov 2017

Domestic Fees:*
$7,001.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$19,280.00

* 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.

This one year culinary arts programme will prepare you to take on a full range of managerial roles in a professional kitchen and advance your skills in:
  • Chef training
  • Planning, developing and costing menus
  • Managing staff allocations
  • Restaurant supervision
Upon completion of the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Cookery Strand), you will be eligible to sit the examination for the International City & Guilds Award Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision.

Career & Study Outcomes

Employment opportunities include undertaking a technical or managerial role in the hospitality industry, such as working as a chef in a senior position producing advanced dishes in a professional kitchen:

  • Fine dining restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Function catering
  • Cruise liners
  • Catering companies
  • Airlines
  • Commercial catering businesses


To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Chefs.

Industry Connections

UCOL Hospitality Schools are members of Chefs NZ, the Restaurant Association of NZ, active participants in the Manawatu Hospitality Awards, and each campus is well supported by our local industries

Learning Facilities

Our students learn from professionals and get practical experience in our training kitchens and restaurants in Palmerston North (Ambitions) and Whanganui (Visions).

Domestic Entry Requirements

Successful completion of New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4) or equivalent qualification and/or experience.

NCEA Level 3 (including Literacy 10 credits at Level 2 and Numeracy 10 credits at Level 1)

OR

Equivalent academic achievement

OR

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 5.5 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

UCOL's New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) comprises 120 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. 

Work experience
This programme will require students to complete 105 hours of off-campus work experience, which requires compulsory attendance. Students will be required to pay for associated travel costs.

Students need to be aware of the physical requirements for operating in a commercial kitchen environment. Students will be advised to put any special needs or requirements in writing and advise the Head of School before the programme begins.

You will need to purchase a uniform, knives and shoes at an additional cost.

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.

Course Information

  • Culinary Supervision
  • Advanced Cookery Preparation and Presentation Techniques
  • Kitchen Operations Management
  • Menu Planning and Development
  • Advanced Larder Practices
  • Industry Placement

Accreditation

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.

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