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Academy Cafe Skills Programme

Academy Cafe Skills Programme

Level 2

Keen to find out if the fast-paced hospitality industry is for you? Join UCOL's 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

Duration: One day a week on Fridays

First week of Monday 10 Feb - Final week of Term 3

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-freeScholarship 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. UCOL's 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 3 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 UCOL's Academy Cafe Skills 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 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, see Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's Occupation Outlook for Chefs.

 Course Information

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 students 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 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:
  • Home Economics
  • Technology
  • English


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

 International Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Academy Cafe Skills Programme comprises 21 Credits.

This programme 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 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
Students 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.