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Academy Cookery Programme

Academy Cookery Programme

Level 3

Learn cooking and hospitality basics while still in secondary school with UCOL's Academy Cookery Programme.

A photograph of UCOL cookery student platting a dish in the kitchen
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton, UCOL Whanganui

Duration: One day per week

Starts the week of Feb 8th 2021 - Ends the week ending Fri Oct 1st 2021

Palmerston North - Fridays
Whanganui - Thursdays

Domestic Fees: *
Fees FreesScholarship info

International Fees:*
Not Applicable

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Are you wanting to take your cookery skills to the next level?

The Academy Cookery Level 3 Programme will give you the opportunity to learn and refine your skills to cook pasta, egg, vegetable dishes, and prepare food for service in a commercial kitchen. You will also learn to apply food safety practices within a food related establishment.

This programme helps you to learn relevant industry skills and experiences as you put your learning into practice in our commericial kitchen environment.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Cookery Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the online application form as follows:

Apply online for Academy

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL's Academy Cookery Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know what you need to do to pursue a career in culinary or related industries. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

 Course Information

Unit Standard 27955 (Level 3) (Version 3) (5 Credits)
Apply food safety practices in a food-related esablishment

Unit Standard 13316 (Level 3) (Version 5) (3 Credits)
Prepare and cook basic pasta dishes in a commercial kitchen

Unit Standard 13314 (Level 3) (Version 6) (4 Credits)
Prepare and cook egg dishes in a commercial kitchen

Unit Standard 13325 (Level 3) (Version 5) (4 Credits)
Prepare and bake basic cakes, sponges and scones in a commercial kitchen

Unit Standard 13293 (Level 3) (Version 5) (6 Credits)
Prepare and cook basic vegetable dishes in a commercial kitchen

Unit Standard 13282 (Level 3) (Version 5) (2 Credits)
Prepare, assemble, and present complex sandwiches for a service in a commercial ktichen.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • English
  • Home Economics
  • Technology


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Academy Cookery Programme comprises 24 Credits.

This short course is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.


How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Cookery Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.