ACTOU3
This course requires 1 option.

Level 3 Tourism Academy

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Sadie Van der Kraaij

This Academy creates real opportunities for enthusiastic students in Tourism to gain knowledge of this career pathway through acquiring destination knowledge and industry based skills. This qualification works within the NCEA Level 2 and 3 framework whilst also meeting the requirements for the New Zealand Certificate of Tourism. A close relationship with two tertiary providers supports the pathway into further education.

Students with satisfactory attendance and work ethic will also have the opportunity to attend courses at the International Travel College (ITC). Targeted work experience also provides clear avenues into employment. These range from placements in Hotels, various Visitor Attractions and Travel Agencies. Our aim is to provide students with a breadth of understanding of the industry requirements, both in terms of further study and employment.

The Tourism Academy is a single option, one hour, at Levels 2 and 3. At Level 2 students can also select to do the one hour Hospitality option. This Level 2 combination is an exception to the rule that students are only allowed to select one academy.

Students will also spend time in our school reception honing their front-of-house customer service skills. This includes answering the telephone, taking messages and other front of house tasks and duties.

In the second year of the programme we begin to explore specific interest pathways. In school, we continue to offer the standard Tourism programme to meet the certificate requirements. However, we ask students to select from interest pathways which allow us to better target their needs outside of the classroom. For those interested in a Flight Attending pathway, we offer guest speakers and a 2-day Flight Attending course at ITC. For those with an interest in Tourism Administration, we offer a myriad of work placements and a Hotel Taster Day with the New Zealand School of Tourism. For those with an interest in Visitor Services, there are many work placement opportunities as well as 2-day courses at ITC either introducing areas such as Adventure
Tourism, Māori Tourism and Tour Guiding. All the courses are provided free of charge by AWVA.

Some English standards may be offered in a Tourism context to allow students to develop their work place literacy skills.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

All the academies are fees free, which includes some bus transport. However, some have a uniform cost.


Recommended Prior Learning

At Level 3 it is expected that students have completed the Level 2 academy successfully.