Course Details

The Heretaunga College School of Hospitality offers a full-time practical and theory based course aimed at developing real world applicable skills for the Hospitality Industry.  Students are fully immersed in a commercial kitchen and café environment, running the school café and reputable catering service, whilst developing the essential skills required for a future in the Hospitality Industry or ongoing tertiary studies.

This programme is an alternative to other tertiary level programmes on offer in the Wellington region.  Based in the Hutt Valley this full time programme is taught for the entirety of the academic school year and runs on an alternate timetable from the rest of the school.  The course offers a minimum total of 19 Level 2 credits and 69 Level 3 credits.  Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded with the Level 3 National Certificate in Cookery.

Content covered includes, but not limited to: 

  • Wide range of practical Cookery techniques & methods
  • Knife skills, food hygiene and workplace safety
  • Coffee and barista training
  • Food service, food costing and cash handling
  • Diversity in the workplace


A unique element to the School of Hospitality programme is the student’s ability to gain relevant and compelling work experience in a commercial kitchen and café environment each and every day.  Unlike other tertiary courses, students learn in a fully functional commercial environment with real time pressure, customer expectations and profit margins.  This enables students to develop successful work ethics and behaviours which will benefit them once they enter the industry.

Students who excel in the School of Hospitality may also get the opportunity to complete in nationally recognized culinary competitions such as the Wellington Culinary Fare and the City and Guilds Secondary Schools Culinary Competition. Heretaunga College has had an excellent track record in the past with these competitions and a number of students have attained prestigious accolades as a result.

How much does it cost?

Students pay significantly less course fees than other competitive tertiary organizations as the programme produces revenue which covers the majority of course costs (such as assessment material, workshops and training expenses, site visits to local industry establishments etc). There are also opportunities to gain off-site work experience and paid employment opportunities throughout the year.

Students will need to pay an NZQA administrative fee of $76.70 which is discounted if individuals or families hold a community services card.

Students will also need to invest in Front of House and Kitchen uniforms which can be purchased from Arrow Uniforms in Lower Hutt.  This is a professional grade uniform which differs from the rest of the school.  A full list of uniform requirements is supplied with the information packs on request. 

*2017 fees were $280.00, but please note 2018 fees maybe subject to change.

Who we are after:

The unique nature of the course requires applicants to be committed individuals who have a positive can do attitude and sound work ethic.  Applicants over the age of 16 years who have Hospitality or Food Technology experience and are wanting to pursue a future in the Hospitality, a passion for food, good interpersonal skills, positive behaviour and a sound work ethic are who we are after.

This programme is ideal for senior secondary school students, school leavers or returning students interested in completing a Tertiary Level programme within a functional training café environment.

Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the school to see the facilities and the current students in action.  There are limited numbers available for the 2016 intake therefore a selection process will take place to determine applicant suitability.  For further information about the course, including application details and information packs please feel free to contact William Wilson  04 9399370