L3 Tourism

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs S. Olsen

Level 3 Taste of Tourism

This course offers between 18-24 credits, Level 3 NCEA vocational credits in Tourism. 18212 is compulsory and then students can choose the unit standards that interest them. It is especially suitable for students who are interested in working with people. 

Taste of Tourism complements other subjects including hospitality,  geography, and business studies. It is also providing skills and knowledge for various industries such as retail, customer service roles, banking, administration, and hospitality.

This course is an introduction to the travel and tourism industry:

  • This course will introduce students to the process of tourism and tourism terminology.

  • Students will learn how tourism operates, this knowledge can also be used in other service-type industries.

  • This course will also introduce students to the destination knowledge required in the industry. 


  1. Tourism was a significant industry in New Zealand and worldwide. In 2018, tourism directly employed 8% of the total New Zealand workforce. Although this has changed the main skills and attributes required in the workplace have not so this course will give you the opportunity to explore job opportunities within various industries. 

  2. The New Zealand tourism industry is diverse and is made up of five main sectors. These sectors include transportation, accommodation, sales and activities, attractions and events and provide a vast range of work opportunities.

  3. With the current situation globally tourism’s importance has shifted however the skills and knowledge that you gain in this course can be transferred to many other industries and jobs.  

  4. Currently, there is a shortage of Tourism and Hospitality workers in New Zealand.

Learning Areas:

2022 Level 3 Courses

Assessment Policy & Procedures
Career Pathways

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

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery


Pathway Tags

Geospatial Specialist, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Historian, Retail Manager, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Airline attendant, Concierge, Cruise ship director, Recreation worker, Hotel or Restaurant Manager, Travel agent, Food and beverage director, Casino manager, Chef, Event Manager., Library Assistant

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