Burnside High School Burnside High School

NCEA Level 3 Hospitality: Food Studies

Course Description Recommended Prior Learning

Year 11 or 12 Food Technology, Hospitality or Food and Nutrition (not compulsory).

Students without Food Safety knowledge will be provided with additional support.

Hospitality: Food Studies


This course utilises Service IQ Cookery Level 3 Unit Standards. The course will provide you with an insight into aspects of working in a commercial kitchen. It will provide an introduction to the skills and knowledge required for someone considering a career in the Hospitality industry. 

The Year 13 Hospitality programme is assessed against three Service IQ Unit Standards which total 8 credits at level 3. All work is internally assessed through written tests and practical tasks. 

Students will have two practical cookery or coffee periods each week.

Unit Standards have only one level of competency – unit standards are either Achieved or Not Achieved. All assessment dates are included on the term planners, on schoology and the wall in the classroom. Any changes to these will have a minimum of 1 weeks notice. 

The course will be semesterised and co-exist with 13PCE (Practical Computing). This will mean that you will complete the cookery assessments in one semester and then swap to complete practical computing in the next semester (or vice versa). You will gain the benefits of both of these subjects throughout the year.

NOTE: For 2024 - This will be running as a Full Year Course

Additional credits will be offered for;




Total additional credits - 11.

Course Overview

Semester A
Course Introduction
Food Safety
Kitchen Safety

Unit Standard 13316
Prepare and cook basic pasta dishes in a commercial kitchen

Unit Standard 17288
Prepare and present espresso beverages for service

Semester B
Swap to 13PCE (Practical Computing)

Learning Areas:


Career Pathways

Cook, Baker, Hotel/Motel Manager, Cafe Worker, Cafe/Restaurant Manager, Kitchenhand, Chef

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Course Materials Contribution $79
Workbook contribution $14.
Coffee Course contribution $110