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Level 3 Tourism Studies | Ahumahi tāpoi

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. 


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), ARA and even University of Canterbury and Lincoln University. 

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

All assessments are unit standards, and as such may be credited towards NCEA Level 3. Not a UE approved subject.

This course offers up to 21 credits and students are expected to complete 3 units of work to obtain at least 16-19 credits. 

Course Components (student choice in which units are taught and delivered at the start of the year) 

• Attain in-depth knowledge of World Geography, Destinations Aotearoa | New Zealand, Australia, Pacific Islands 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 various 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

Assessment Information

4-unit standards offered, all of which are open book and can be completed when the student is competent and ready.

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, Flight Instructor, Hotel/Motel Manager, Helicopter Pilot, Translator

Approximate Costs and Equipment/Stationery

In 2024 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.