Level 3 Tourism Studies | Tāpoitanga

Subject Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Roberts-Smith

Recommended Prior Learning

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

14 credits in L2 Tourism/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. 

“We have an opportunity to listen to communities and design the future of tourism in New Zealand so that it benefits our people and our home.” 

Stephen England- Hall, Former Chief Executive, Tourism New Zealand.

Re-imagine how Tourism will operate in the post-Covid world and be an integral part of reconnecting people again in the future!  New Zealand will be an exemplar on rebuilding its tourism industry!  Future tourism careers will play a pivotal role in the "bounce back" of tourism in New Zealand and beyond. There will be places for everyone - customer service, operations, sales and marketing, technology, human resources and finance.

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 provides students with 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 a number of 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. 

Other skills attained include; good presentation and communication, statistical analysis, making calculations, recognising people's needs, developing digital literacy, research skills, experience teamwork and develop leadership skills.

All assessments are unit standards, and as such may be credited towards NCEA Level 3. 

This course offers 24 credits and students are expected to complete 3 units of work to obtain at least 19 credits. 

Course Components

• Attain in-depth knowledge of World, Aotearoa | New Zealand, Asia and Europe as tourist destinations.

• Gain insight on the economic significance of tourism to local, regional and global  economies.

• Delve into the tourism industry and how it operates at different levels.

Upon completion, students may progress to a tertiary provider for subsequent study in Travel and Tourism Levels 3 and 4. Alternatively, specialist industry knowledge attained also provides a solid foundation for University level study in this field.

The World is waiting. Make your career, travel!!

Learning Areas:

Tikanga ā-iwi - Social Sciences

Career Pathways

Tertiary Lecturer, Recreation Co-ordinator, Project Manager, Deckhand, Outdoor Recreation Guide/Instructor, Bus Driver, Secondary School Teacher, Flight Attendant, Tour Guide, Travel Agent/Adviser, Management Consultant, Marketing Specialist, Trainer, Journalist, Interpreter, Hotel Porter, Holiday Park Manager, Sales Representative, Maitre d’Hotel, Aeroplane Pilot, Air Traffic Controller, Aircraft Loader, Aircraft Refueller, Importer/Exporter, Flying Instructor, Hotel/Motel Manager, Helicopter Pilot, Translator

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

In 2023 there may be a cost of approximately $60 for a range of local field trips. Optional career 'tasters' may also incur additional expenses.

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

Assessment Information 4 unit standards, all of which are open book and can be completed when student is competent and ready.
Pathway Tags

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

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