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Wellington Institute of Technology


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Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Business (NZQF Level 7)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 24-February-2020
Hospitality Campus
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The Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Business will prepare graduates to enter and manage world-class culinary businesses in a globally competitive environment. This innovative degree programme focuses on developing knowledge and appreciation of fine food and beverage in a ‘farm to plate’ context, and how this is successfully applied in a range of business oriented culinary settings. Students will learn to conceptualise, create, promote, commercialise and manage the culinary product or service in a global context. This course ensures that students are completely prepared to enter the hospitality industry.


The Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Business degree runs for three years and requires the completion of 360 credits. In each year students are expected to complete 120 credits; each year involves 32-weeks of full-time study. Each year is divided into two semesters of 16 weeks.


The following outlines the key knowledge, skills, attitudes and values graduates will have when they successfully complete this programme:

  • Knowledge of culinary applications and gastronomy in an international environment enriched by the interpretation of established traditions in a contemporary context and an appreciation of NZ culture, hospitality and produce
  • High level of applied expertise in the skills and knowledge associated with the field of culinary management and business operation
  • Mind-set of excellence and innovation
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms and display open-mindedness in multiple contexts with social and cultural awareness and flexibility
  • Ability to demonstrate the fundamental principles/tenets of cultural safety in their interactions with others, maintaining a philosophy of ethical and cultural integrity within a global context
  • Ability to be self-directed, manage personal development and accept personal accountability
  • Commitment to professional practice and to continuous improvement and extension of knowledge through critical analysis and research
  • Ensuring you are ready to enter the hospitality industry with confidence


Culinary Manager
Hotel Manager
Restaurant Owner or Manager
Culinary Consultant
Events Manager or Planner
Catering Consultant or Manager
Menu and Recipe Developer
Food and Beverage Promoter
Food Writer or Food Critic

Entry criteria

Academic evidence of equivalence to New Zealand university entrance

IELTS Academic score (or test equivalent) of 6.0 overall, with no band lower than 5.5 if English is not your first language

Must be at least 17 years old (no upper age limit)


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