Learn to understand, speak, read and write English for study, work and everyday situations.

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General/Academic) (Level 3) is a 17 week NZQA-approved programme. It is ideal for migrants to New Zealand who want to improve their English language skills to work, study or take part in New Zealand society. It is also suitable for international students who want a formal English qualification rather than a shorter training course.

Students gain 60 credits through tests in the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and also develop their vocabulary, accuracy and fluency in English. The programme offers different ways of learning to a wide of range of learners and develops effective communication for everyday life.

Programme outline

Gain the language skills needed to communicate in most situations with some independence and fluency, in order to take part in everyday life in your community or for academic purposes. Be able to:

  • understand main points and some specific details of oral texts on reasonably familiar topics
  • participate with some confidence in spoken discourse on reasonably familiar topics
  • understand main points and some specific details of written texts on reasonably familiar topics
  • write connected texts on reasonably familiar topics 

This programme is comprised of four modules designed to build English language skills progressively based around listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Applied English 3A: build English reading, speaking and listening skills, acquiring information from a variety of sources, exploring resources, and basic referencing

Applied English 3B: understand and build on writing structure and fluency, listening to gather ideas

Applied English 3C: understand and build on content structure and organisation of ideas

Applied English 3D: demonstrate reasonable linguistic accuracy in simple text and general everyday conversation

Entry criteria

NCEA level 2 or equivalent qualification/work experience and evidence of English skills based on internal placement test