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New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3)

New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3)

Level 3

Interested in working in a cafe or restaurant? Gain practical skills and an industry recognised qualification with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (Level 3).

A photograph of the hospitality lecturer Niels Huibers showing a student how to make the perfect coffee
Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North,  HLC Levin

Duration: 19 weeks full-time
(See Course Hours & Duration for details)

Dates:
25 Jul 2022 - 02 Dec 2022

Domestic Fees: *
$3290.50Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$10,250.00

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.

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

You will have opportunity to cater for events, and students at UCOL's Palmerston North and Whanganui campuses will have the additional benefit of gaining real-world experience in our training restaurants. 

Our industry-experienced staff will guide you to hone your skills and gain confidence in working with customers. 

Learn to become a valued member of a café or functions team, and make a start on a career in the exciting world of hospitality.

Levin
Students in Horowhenua can study this  programme at HLC Levin.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

The New Zealand Government COVID-19 Mandate Order requires the following workers to be vaccinated: 

  • health and disability sector workers
  • prison staff
  • border and MIQ workers.

As well as that, private companies and organisations have the right to require staff to be vaccinated.

Therefore, to go on placement or an internship that is a part of your programme, you must meet COVID-19 vaccination requirements. You can see more information on UCOL's Covid-19 page and on the Unite Against Covid-19 website.

 Course Hours & Duration

This programme runs for 19 weeks, including 2 holiday weeks.

Per week, your learning will include approximately:

Class Time
14 hrs

Lectures, tutorials and/or online recordings, cookery practicals, timetable set by your lecturer.
Industry Experience
4 hrs

Work integrated learning.
Study Time
17 hrs

Study in your own time.


 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:

 Course Information

Note: As a business division of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology, UCOL is committed to providing the best learning outcome for you. As part of this, all programmes are currently being reviewed to make them portable, consistent, and closely aligned with the needs of the industry. When published, this course information is correct, but the courses offered may change over time. If you have any questions call an Enrolment Advisor on 0800 468 265.

From 2023, UCOL and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of Te Pūkenga. So, if you join UCOL in 2023, you will be awarded Te Pūkenga certification. And, if you are a current learner graduating in 2023, you will be awarded a co-branded certificate.

During your studies you'll learn to:

  • Apply health and safety, food safety and security practices to ensure your own safety and minimise potential hazards when serving customers (10 credits)
  • Communicate effectively when serving customers and others in the hospitality industry and behave in a professional manner with colleagues, customers and managers (5 credits)
  • Follow standard operating procedures to deal with familiar problems in the hospitality establishment (5 credits)
  • Prepare and serve food and beverages in a café (20 credits)
  • Provide food and beverage service for in-house functions (20 credits)

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

UCOL Hospitality Schools are members of NZ Chefs, Restaurant Association of New Zealand, and Baking Industry Association of New Zealand. We are active participants in Manawatu Hospitality Awards and each campus is well supported by our local industries.

 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)

OR

Equivalent academic achievement

OR

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

English language proficiency
If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 5.0 with no band score less than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.

 

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

 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 Academic score of 5.0 with no band score lower than 5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL testing centre.

Under 20 years of age
In addition to this, international applicants under 20 years of age must have NCEA equivalency.

 Advice & Guidance

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

Full attendance is encouraged to maximise learning opportunities and to optimise success for students.

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

Timetable
Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:

  •  18 hours of lecturer supported learning (class time, theory, computer work and real-life experience in UCOL's training restaurant*)
  •  18 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on practical skill development, theory and computer work to complete your assignments)

*Work in UCOL's training restaurants is dependent on time of year.

Students at Horowhenua Learning Centre in Levin
Programme requirements may vary. Please contact your tutor for details.

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 have already been met. Applications will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the UCOL Academic Statute and other relavant policies and procedures.

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 (not via the online application form).

 Additional Costs

Please note that there are additional costs associated with the New Zealand Certificate in Food and Beverage Service Level 3 of approximately $207:

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  • Waist apron, tie, shirt, skirt or pants

 Accreditation

The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020, and Universal College of Learning Limited, a business division of Te Pūkenga is accredited to teach it.

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