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New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5)

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology
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Program description

Take the next step in your chef career or build your own food business.

Expand your creative knowledge by learning the latest culinary techniques, along with exploring the more traditional artisan methods for which our region is renowned.

Nelson is the perfect place to study at this level with a vibrant hospitality scene, internationally recognised food producers and many award winning boutique industries.

Study sustainable future focused practices and a 'farm to table' approach; this programme will develop your understanding of culinary arts, from food production to the marketplace.

Gain new skills

Specialist culinary skills

Learn the art of cheesemaking, butchery, crafted small goods (salami, pate and terrine), locally foraged foods, traditional and international cuisine and the excitement that is molecular gastronomy. Consolidate all your learning in an industry placement.

Business and culinary management skills

Plan and execute a community charity event - from the idea and planning, to the execution on the day. Gain experience 'on the pass' in our training restaurant, The Rata Room.

Complete projects that develop skills in designing a commercial kitchen, rosters, costing and implementing sustainable economic practices and systems that support a commercially viable business.

Career opportunities and pathways

Graduates of the Culinary Arts (Level 5) programme will be able to pursue employment and career opportunities as chefs in food production operations within the hospitality industry. You may need to start at the bottom in the kitchen to prove your worth in a commercial kitchen but with this qualification you can very quickly move up as you demonstrate your skills.

Student completing this programme will be prepared for further study in a Bachelor’s Degree.

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

Students are required to complete international qualifications equivalent to New Zealand NCEA Level 1 or 2 qualification. Entry requirements vary from country to country.

English language requirements

An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall academic score of at least 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in each band), issued within the last two years

TOEFL Paper based test (pBT) - Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) - Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20)

University of Cambridge English Examinations - FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill

Pearson Test of English (Academic) - PToE (Academic) score of 42

City & Guilds IESOL - B2 Communicator with a score of 42

Special Entry

Special Entry approval is required from the Head of Department or delegate.
Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. If you who can demonstrate these skills, you may apply for Special Entry.
Qualifications other than those listed in the Entry Requirements above will need to be assessed for equivalence, and applicants holding these qualifications will need to apply for Special Entry approval from the Head of Department or delegate.

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Tuition fees

NZ$19,900 per year, direct entry.
*Fees are valid for study in 2020

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), established in 1905, is today the northern South Island’s premier education provider of post-secondary school education through to postgraduate level. NMIT is a Category 1 ranked institution by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, and...

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

322 Hardy Street
7042 Nelson
New Zealand

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