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Study From Home success: We speak to one of the first students completing the level 5 Diploma in Tourism & Travel online

Posted on 28/10/2020 by

Marise Barrett is one of the first students to complete the level 5 Diploma in Tourism & Travel online.

Study From Home recently started offering the New Zealand Diploma in Tourism and Travel at level 5 on our popular Study From Home platform. It is an intensive one-year diploma that offers students the skills and knowledge they need for a general management career in the industry.

While students of ITC have been able to study this diploma for more than 15 years, it is new to Study From Home, and we have been keeping a close eye on the first group of students to work their way through this fast-paced and challenging course.

One of those students is Marise Barrett, who is currently working her way through the diploma. She has already completed the New Zealand Certificate in Tourism (Level 3) and the New Zealand Certificate in Travel (Level 4), and already has experience working in the industry.

We recently spoke to her to see how she was finding the diploma and the experience of studying from home.

Why did you choose the Tourism and Travel Diploma, and would you have done it if it wasn’t available with Study From Home?

For me choosing to do the level 5 diploma was a no brainer since it was being offered as a Study From Home subject – I would not have been able to do it otherwise due to not living in Auckland.

Being able to study from home has meant that I can still work, and we don’t have to move out of New Plymouth, which is a big thing for me and my husband, as he has a stable job here.

How have you found the Study From Home experience?

The Study From Home experience has been wonderful, everyone is awesome and there is always some kind of support, even though at times I do wonder if I do ask some silly questions, but I am never made to feel this way.

Do you have a favourite memory from your studies?

My favourite memory was when I was awarded Student of the Year in 2019. I had worked so hard to achieve my level 3 and 4, and I managed to complete both within a year.

What’s next once you graduate?

My ultimate goal would be to have my own travel agency one day, it might take me a while to get there, but I would love for it to happen.

Any final words for those considering Study From Home?

A final note would be; if you love travel and are scared to do study in the travel industry because of covid, don’t be. It is one of the biggest industries hit, but it will come back stronger than ever.

If you can dream it, you can do it. Don’t let anything hold you back from what you want to achieve.

Feeling inspired by Marise’s story? Take a look at the course options available with Study From Home, or get in touch to learn more. 0800 TOURISM (0800 868747) or

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One Response to “Study From Home success: We speak to one of the first students completing the level 5 Diploma in Tourism & Travel online”

  1. Lesley Brough says:

    That is awesome Marise! Good luck with the rest of your Diploma studies!

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