Diploma: Adventure Tourism Management

Fast Facts

Qualification: Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management. This is a Level 5 NZQA Diploma.

2014 Orientation Dates:

5 January; 2 April; 02 July;  24 September

2014 Start Dates:

 8 January; 7 April; 7 July; 29 September

Course Length: 2 years of full-time study, including 6 months of paid industry training
Class Size: 24 students (maximum)
Entry Requirements:

18 years of age at course commencement.

This is a LEVEL 5 Diploma. To gain entry into this programme, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory high school record to NZ Year 12, with passes in English and Mathematics.
  • For NCEA: 48 level 2 credits over 4 subjects including 4 level 2 credits in reading and 4 level 2 credits in writing; candidates also need 14 level 1 credits (or equivalent) in Mathematics
  • For International Baccalaureate (IB): At least 3 passes in SL subjects including Mathematics and English
  • For Cambridge/CIE: CIE (Cambridge International Exam) candidates must attain at least 60 UCAS points (from the UCAS Tariff) over two or more subjects and have IGCSE Mathematics Grade D or better and AS English Language or AS English Literature with Grade E or better.

Current 'Workplace' First Aid Certificate, or commitment to obtain this during term 1 of the course. NB. These unit standards are a pre-requisite for the pre-hospital emergency care component of the programme. (See www.stjohn.org.nz for further information).

'P' class driver's licence is highly recommended by industry to improve employment prospects. (See the Land Transport NZ website for further information).

Demonstrated involvement in outdoor recreation.

Satisfactory medical clearance certificate, as per QRC requirements must be obtained less than 3 months prior to commencing the 8-day outdoor experiential component. This is at student's own expense.

If English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency of IELTS (Academic) 6.0, with a minimum of 5.0 in each band (and 6.0 in speaking) OR an equivalent English language proficiency test.

An interview is required as part of the application process to assess your suitability for the adventure tourism industry and to answer any questions about the course.

Mature Domestic Students (20 years +) may be exempt from meeting the academic entry requirements if they can demonstrate relevant work experience and genuine commitment to the industry, through their CV and work references.

From 2009, all students are required to provide their own laptop computer.


See QRC fees