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Academy Cafe Skills

Level 2

Keen to find out if the fast-paced hospitality industry is for you? Join the UCOL Academy Cafe Skills Programme and study while still in secondary school.

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Quick info

Level: 2

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

Starting: Week of 12 Feb 2024
Finishing: Week ending 27 Sep 2024
Delivery day: Fridays

Domestic Fees: *

Scholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

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.

The hospitality industry is one where no two days are the same. In this fast-paced industry it is important to keep your skills relevant and up-to-date. The UCOL Academy Cafe Skills programme can put you on the road to success. If you enjoy food preparation, barista, front of house, and baking, then apply. You will have the opportunity to work towards NCEA Level 2 whilst exploring the technical skills required to work in a cafe, restaurant, bar or catering business.

You will learn about:

  • Food safety
  • Barista skills
  • Customer service
  • Commercial kitchens
  • Preparation and cooking
  • Baking
How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this 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 application form as follows:

 Course Hours & Duration

Fridays, 9am - 3pm in each location.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of the UCOL Academy Cafe Skills 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 hospitality. If this is for you, you can undertake further tertiary studies in:

To find out more about possible job prospects and salaries for chefs, see careers.govt.nz

 Course Information

This programme comprises 21 credits.

Unit Standard 167 (Level 2) (Version 8) (4 Credits)
Practise food safety methods in a food business under supervision.

Unit Standard 13272 (Level 2) (Version 5) (2 Credits)
Cook food items by baking.

Unit Standard 14441 (Level 3) (Version 6) (5 Credits)
Provide cafe counter service in a hospitality establishment.

Unit Standard 17285 (Level 2) (Version 9) (4 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of commercial espresso coffee equipment and prepare espresso beverages under supervision.

Unit Standard 13281 (Level 2) (Version 6) (2 Credits)
Prepare and present basic sandwiches for service

Unit Standard 13283 (Level 2) (Version 5) (2 Credits)
Prepare and present salads for service

Unit Standard 13280 (Level 2) (Version 6) (2 Credits)
Prepare fruit and vegetable cuts in a commercial kitchen

 Learning Facilities

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

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school learners (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or learners 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:
  • Home Economics
  • Technology
  • English


For more information about NCEA Credits see the UCOL Te Pūkenga NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary learners 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 Academy Cafe Skills 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
Learners must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs

There are no additional costs associated with this programme. Simply, bring a pen, paper and your lunch each week.