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Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Business (NZQF Level 7)

Wellington Institute of Technology
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Program description

The Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Business will prepare graduates to enter and manage world-class culinary businesses in a globally competitive environment. This innovative degree programme focuses on developing knowledge and appreciation of fine food and beverage in a ‘farm to plate’ context, and how this is successfully applied in a range of business oriented culinary settings. Students will learn to conceptualise, create, promote, commercialise and manage the culinary product or service in a global context. This course ensures that students are 100% ready to enter the hospitality industry.


This programme of study requires completion of 360 credits and involves the equivalent of three years, 32-weeks of fulltime study (per year). In each year students are expected to complete 120 credits. The degree is a three-year programme. Each year is divided into two semesters of 16 weeks.


The following outlines the key knowledge, skills, attitudes and values graduates will have when they successfully complete this programme:

  • Knowledge of culinary applications and gastronomy in an international environment enriched by the interpretation of established traditions in a contemporary context and an appreciation of NZ culture, hospitality and produce
  • High level of applied expertise in the skills and knowledge associated with the field of culinary management and business operation
  • Mind-set of excellence and innovation
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms and display open-mindedness in multiple contexts with social and cultural awareness and flexibility
  • Ability to demonstrate the fundamental principles/tenets of cultural safety in their interactions with others, maintaining a philosophy of ethical and cultural integrity within a global context
  • Ability to be self-directed, manage personal development and accept personal accountability
  • Commitment to professional practice and to continuous improvement and extension of knowledge through critical analysis and research
  • Ensuring you are ready to enter the hospitality industry with confidence


Culinary Manager
Hotel Manager
Restaurant Owner or Manager
Culinary Consultant
Events Manager or Planner
Catering Consultant or Manager
Menu and Recipe Developer
Food and Beverage Promoter
Food Writer or Food Critic

Admission requirements

Academic evidence of equivalence to New Zealand university entrance

Plus IELTS 6.0 (Academic), with no band lower than 5.5 & at least 6.0 in writing

17 years old (no upper age limit)

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About this institute

Wellington Institute of Technology

Wellington Institute of Technology

The Wellington Institute of Technology – WelTec – is a tertiary institution training around 8000 students every year. We offer a range of industry-led qualifications from trades through to degrees and postgraduate programmes. WelTec qualifications are future focused, developed alongside...

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Contact info

Wellington Institute of Technology

21 Kensington Avenue
5012 Wellington
New Zealand


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