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New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Cookery Strand)

Level 5

Do you dream of becoming a top chef?

This programme expands on the Level 4 Certificate and will provide you with increased capability in advanced patisserie techniques. It is also ideal for those with some experience in baking, who have gained the basic skills to go straight to diploma level. 

Course Content

You will cover the following four modules:

Kitchen Management: in this block you will be offered an introduction to academic writing which will set you up for future work. You will learn key skills in the fields of financial management, human resources, staff development, business ethics, kitchen design briefs and regulatory requirements.

Products and Production Systems: on the theory side you will investigate historical culinary influences and will compare artisan methods in the mass production of culinary products. The practical skills taught include the cooking and presenting of a range of advanced food items using a variety of production methods.

Kitchen Design: in this module you will get to design a commercial kitchen layout and investigate regional cuisines from around the world, including their nutritional impacts. Practical work will cover a range of advanced international cuisines.

Menu Development: the final block offers you the skills and insights to establish positive workplace relationships. You will learn about the development, marketing, preparation and cooking of an original menu for a commercial hospitality environment.


50 weeks including 10 weeks of holiday. 

Entry Requirements

You must

  • Be at least 17 years old.
  • Have an overall IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0 (with an academic endorsement), or an NZQA framework recognised equivalent, if English is your second language.
  • Hold NCEA Level 2 (48 Level 2 credits including eight of which are in a language rich subject) or a
  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery or Bakery (Level 4), or equivalent and have three years relevant and current industry experience* (the tasks undertaken require evidence of competence in cookery, maths and English). 
  • *Three years relevant and current industry experience may substitute the above academic requirement”

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Career Opportunities

  • CafĂ© Head Chef
  • Medical Facility First Cook
  • Industrial Catering Sous Chef
  • Hotel Sous Chef
  • Catering and Events Junior Sous Chef
  • Restaurant Sous Chef
  • Rest home First Cook 

2018 Intake Dates

  • 22 Jan
  • 16 Apr
  • 09 Jul
  • 01 Oct

Course Costs

Student loans and allowances are available through StudyLink.

Qualifications Awarded

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

Key Information For Students

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

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements
Detailed requirements


1 Year

Tuition Fees - Total Qualification

Student fees: $7,867
Government tuition subsidy: $9,445
Total: $17,312

Compulsory Student Services Fee

Student loan information: StudyLink

Student Success

Successful course completions: N/A

National Graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)

Median earnings : $36,313
Earnings range: $27,240 - $42,629
In employment: 71%
In further study: 20%

Note: all KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only.

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