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A course run by the Service Skills Institute (SSI) and as such is relevant to the industry. The course involves a two year Level 2 National Certificate. This certificate paves the way for a Level 3 National Certificate at a Tertiary Institution. The course offers credits at both Level 2 and Level 3 which are NCEA accredited.

In the first year students concentrate in achieving the five core compulsory units looking at the general characteristics of tourists, work roles within the industry and the business of tourism (how many tourists, how much money they spend and how they make an impact on the earnings of countries. As well, students learn about the attractions and activities that bring to tourists to New Zealand and other parts of the world. 

In the second year students concentrate on the Level 3 units available to assist them achieving NCEA L3. These units look in more depth at Australia, the Pacific Islands and a particular tourist spot in New Zealand. 

Students will be encouraged to value: 
  • Excellence, by aiming high and by persevering; 
  • Enquiry & Curiosity, by learning about other countries; 
  • Diversity, as found in different cultures, languages, and heritages throughout the world; 
  • Equity, through fairness and social justice; 
  • Community & Participation for the common good; the social impact of tourism; 
  • Ecological Sustainability, which includes care for the environment and sustainable tourism; 
  • Integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable for acting ethically; 
  • And to respect themselves, others, and human rights; the disadvantaged people in many countries who the tourists do not see; 
Students will be challenged and supported in developing the following Key Competencies within the Tourism Curriculum:
  • Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. 
  • Using Language, Symbols & Texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed. Students will work with the internet and texts as well as interpret photos, maps, brochures and presentations, and statistics in graph and table format. 
  • Managing Self is associated with self-motivation, a “can-do” attitude, and with students seeing themselves as capable learners. Students will be encouraged to work independently to achieve their best. 
  • Relating to Others is about interacting effectively with people in different situations. This competency includes the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and share ideas; 
  • Participating & Contributing is about being actively involved in communities. This competency includes the capacity to contribute appropriately as a group member, to make connections with others, and to create opportunities for others in the group 
Rotorua Trip:
A trip to experience tourism and learn about attractions and activities as well as work roles is planned for the end of Term 1. The trip is estimated to cost $250 and bring own food. 

Basic Itinerary:
Rotorua Museum Buried Village 
Whakarewarewa Agrodome 
Agroventures 1 activity Gondola and Luge 

There will be optional extras on the trip at additional expense:
Kaituna White Water Rafting 
Agroventures additional activities Bungy Jumping on way home