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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 local 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:
26 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$7,129.50 Scholarship info

International Fees:*
$19,868.00

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.

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.

New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) students in Palmerston North have the opportunity to create the meals served at Ambitions Training Restaurant. Here's behind the scenes with the class of 2017 preparing the five course degustation dinner (30 seconds):

 

 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.

 Course Information

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

 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 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 10 Literacy Credits at Level 1 and 10 Numeracy Credits at Level 1)

OR

Equivalent academic achievement

OR

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

 

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 (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (ie combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

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. 

Timetable
Your personalised timetable will be available just prior to classes starting, and will comprise a weekly commitment of:
  •  23 hours of lecturer supported learning (in UCOL's professional kitchen, theory, computer and project work)
  •  10 hours of self-directed learning (your own time spent on practical skill development, theory and computer work to complete your assignments)
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.

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.

 Additional Costs

Please note that you are expected to already have your own chef uniform, safety shoes and knives.


Optional - City & Guilds International, Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Food Preparation and Cookery Supervision (8065 – 04) is approximately $200.

 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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