Otago Polytechnic

Bridging certificate to tourism



One semester full-time

On campus with face-to-face teaching

February 2019
until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
Want to work in the tourism industry but don't have the academic entry requirements for higher level study? 

This bridging certificate provides the perfect solution. 

Successful completion of this programme will give you a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Career Preparation (Level 3) and will ensure you meet the academic entry requirements for our New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations)

This certificate will allow you to enter the exciting world of travel and tourism by gaining introductory knowledge in all aspects of the tourim industry. You will acquire the skills needed to gain entry-level employment or to gain admission into higher level academic programmes. 

In addition to learning about future trends in the tourism industry and their impacts, you will also gain foundational communication, career and study skills. 

Entry requirements 
  • Open entry.
  • International students will be individually assessed to make sure you are ready for this study.

International students for whom English is not a first language, who come from countries with a visa decline rate of more than 20%

Domestic students for whom English is not a first language and international students from countries with a visa decline rate of less than 20%

View visa decline rates by country here.


Please note: This programme will only run if there are sufficient numbers. 

Selection procedure 

You will have an informal interview to assess your suitability for this programme. If it is in your best interests, we may recommend an alternative programme for you. 

Additional documentation 

You must supply certified copies of proof of identity, academic records/CV (if you have been working) and proof of residency (where appropriate). 

Course content 
Course name Course descriptions Level Credits
Career and Study Skills Develop focused skills for career and study pathways 3 15
Communication Skills Learn how to communicate clearly using a range of appropriate media  3   15 
Tourism Today Discover how to predict the needs and wants of tourists and identify
future trends in response to world events
 3   15 
Introduction to Tourism and Travel Gain a fundamental knowledge of the customer service skills
used in the tourism industry 
 3   15 
Total      60
Your workload 

You will be expected to study for 37 hours per week. This will consist of lectures for approximately 22 hours (this includes assignments) and an additional 15 hours of student-managed study time.  

Further study options

Successful completion of this programme will give you the academic entry requirements for our New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 4) (Operations). Once you have completed the Level 4 programme, you could expand your employment potential by studying our New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel (Level 5). Alternatively, you could consider studying one of our other business qualifications such as the Bachelor of Applied Management.

Student loans and allowances 

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw from your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.  

Recognition of Prior Learning 

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification. 


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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