Examples of some of the courses to be completed:
Wine Science :
This intensive theoretical as well as practical course, will familiarise students, with all aspects of the wine industry. Students learn the history of wine and wine making, different wine regions, grape varieties, vineyard practices and different styles of wine. This includes theoretical lectures, as well as wine tasting and wine analysis.
Students select a series of events aimed at different constituencies (parents, industry partners, alumni), and organise all aspects including communications, promotion, accounting and food and beverage operations. Community orientated - team project.
A major component within Southern Africa’s tourism offering and a world wide growth sector. Addresses issues such as caring for the environment, community involvement, the natural world and adapting traditional hospitality skills to the rigours of life "in the bush". This includes a mid-week field trip to national or regional game reserve.
Will assist future entrepreneurs to acquire the skills to make a success of a small business start up. Topics include, competition surveys, gap analysis, preparation and presentation of business plans, raising capital and contract documentation. This course involves guest speakers, with their views and advice in the appropriate fields.
Hospitality sales and marketing:
Students gain a broad understanding of the science and art of marketing, from consumer research and product development, to developing marketing strategies and executing marketing plans. Students have the opportunity to implement these strategies in support of a restaurant project that they will complete.
As a group, students will take over the school restaurant for a period of 4 weeks. As a group, students will agree upon a theme, devise decor, menus, wine lists and musical signature. They will also create and execute a marketing strategy, create operating budgets, monitor and report on income and expenditure, and be responsible for all operational aspects.