Riccarton High School Riccarton High School

Level 2 Tourism Studies | Ahumahi tāpoi

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Roberts-Smith.

Recommended Prior Learning

NCEA Level 1 Literacy and Numeracy required. 

An interest in the travel and tourism industry would be helpful.

14 credits in L1 Geography or another Social Science subject, or by consultation with Mrs Roberts-Smith. A competent level of literacy is required. 

Note: this is not a UE approved subject. 


Young people must not only be beneficiaries of tourism’s restart, but they must also be active participants in it. 

Re-imagine how Tourism will operate in the post-Covid world and be an integral part of reconnecting people again in the future!  

Young people have always been an integral part of tourism. Countless destinations, in every global region, depend on them to support businesses and livelihoods, and the return of young travelers as the world opens again brings hope for many millions of people. At the same time, young people also make up a significant proportion of the tourism workforce. The tourism sector is one of the leading providers of youth empowerment, providing opportunities for everyone, regardless of their backgrounds or academic attainment.

Both domestically and internationally, the tourism industry will increasingly demand confident, skilled people with a passion for providing great services and experiences to visitors from all over the world. The qualifications gained from this course provide students with a specialist understanding of this diverse and exciting sector. 

Throughout the year students will be exposed to a range of career pathways in the Tourism and Travel industries. This includes meeting several guest speakers who currently work and train people in the industry. There are also further opportunities for students to experience 'taster days' from some of the local Tourism and Travel providers such as The New Zealand School of Tourism (NZST), the International College of Tourism (ITC) and ARA. 

All assessments are unit standards, and as such may be credited towards NCEA Level 2. 

This course offers 21 credits and students are expected to complete 5 units of work and obtain between 17-18 credits.

Course Components

•  Explore the history of tourism

•  Examine work roles in the tourism industry
• Consider the characteristics and needs of tourists
• Explore Aotearoa | New Zealand as a tourist destination
• Discover popular international tourist destinations & World Geography
• Investigate environmental and social impacts of tourism

Upon completion, students may progress to a tertiary provider for subsequent study in Travel and Tourism Levels 3 and 4 or continue with Level 3 Tourism Studies | Ahumahi tāpoi here at Riccarton High School.

The World is waiting. Make your career travel. 

Learning Areas:

Tikanga ā-iwi - Social Sciences

Assessment Information

6 unit standards, all of which are open book and can be completed when student is competent and ready.


Level 3 Geography, Level 3 Science and Sustainability, Level 3 Tourism Studies | Ahumahi tāpoi

Career Pathways

Holiday Park Manager, Hotel/Motel Manager, Deckhand, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Industrial Designer, Hotel Porter, Workplace Relations Adviser, Helicopter Pilot, Ship's Master, Tour Guide, Travel Agent/Adviser

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

There may be a potential cost of approximately $60 for a day visit to a local area/tourist attraction/activity. There may also be further costs for additional local field trips and/or career 'taster' experiences.

This course will have an online learning component that would suit Bring Your Own Device - students bringing a laptop to class.