L3 Tourism - Semester B

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Ms S. Olsen

Level 3 Tourism - Semester B

This course is an introduction to the travel industry in New Zealand.

  • This course will introduce students to the process of tourism and tourism terminology.
  • Students will learn how tourism  operates in New Zealand.
  • This course will also introduce students to numerous tourism related work  opportunities and pathways.


  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, that include  transportation, accommodation, sales and activities, attractions and events, 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.  

Why should students take this course?

This course offers 10, Level 3 NCEA vocational credits in Tourism. It is especially suitable for students who are interested in working with people. 

This course compliments 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, hospitality.

What curriculum skills will students learn in this course? 

Values:   Respect, Sustainability, Participation, Community, Diversity, Inquiry, Partnership, Innovation, Excellence

Key Competencies:   Managing self, Using language, Thinking

Principles:   High expectations, Cultural diversity, Community engagement, Coherence, Future Focus

Learning Contexts

  • This course is an introduction to the travel industry in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.
  • 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. 

Please note: There is the opportunity to be assessed for other Unit Standards/topics in this course.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery


Credit Information
Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits UE Literacy Credits Numeracy Credits
U.S. 3727 v9 Demonstrate knowledge of Pacific Island countries as visitor destinations
U.S. 24733 v2 Describe and promote a New Zealand tourist destination
Total Credits

Total Credits Available: 10 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.

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


Selection of a course does not guarantee entry into the course. Courses may not run due to low numbers and timetable clashes may occur. In both of these situations, the student will be consulted about alternative courses during the Course Confirmation process.