New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with Patisserie Strand.xml New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5) with Patisserie Strand

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DiplomaFull-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$7,000 -$7,600







Course related costs

Advised before enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire




Acquire the advanced skills required to produce complex patisserie items and take a leading role in commercial kitchen environments

During the course of this one-year programme you'll acquire the advanced preparation, cookery and presentation techniques to confidently plan and produce a wide range of complex dishes including hot and cold desserts, gateaux and torten. You'll also learn effective methods for planning and monitoring workflow and supplies, and strategies for managing staff and operations to meet performance targets.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • New Zealand Certificate in Cookery (Level 4)

    OR New Zealand Certificate in Baking (Career Baker) Level 4 or equivalent

    OR If you have undertaken examinations other than NCEA (e.g. International Baccalaureate, Cambridge Examination), Ara will assess your qualification for academic entry equivalency.

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
  • Skills for tertiary study (including literacy and numeracy) may be acquired through study, work and/or life experience. Students who can demonstrate these skills may be approved for alternative entry. Literacy and numeracy assessments are available.

Additional requirements
English requirements
  • If English is not your first language you may also be required to provide evidence of your English language skills. If you have no evidence of your English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, contact us for an assessment.

    Note: Students who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English Language Skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • complete an application form

If you don't meet the criteria for entry into this programme, we can help you meet entry level with our foundation and bridging programmes.

Alternatively, if you feel you have gained your learning through on the job experience talk to us about recognition or assessment of prior learning .

Application documents

Career opportunities

This qualification will enable you to work as a senior chef in a range of hospitality environments.

Study pathways

Graduates with this qualification can add to their expertise by completing the Cookery strand of the New Zealand Diploma in Cookery (Advanced) (Level 5).

Recommended school subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Food technology