New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)

Auckland International, Whangarei
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About this programme

This programme will provide students with upper intermediate/advanced English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening which will enable them to deal effectively and confidently with most situations in an English speaking country.

What will I learn?

Students will learn a range of skills to develop their level of reading, writing, speaking and listening in English Language with an academic theme.

Career opportunities and pathways

These skills will provide a basis for progression into mainstream academic courses from the NZQF Level 5 and above.

Workload & schedule

The course will be delivered over 16 weeks including breaks, and students will study 5 days a week for 4 hours a day with an expectation that students will need to carry out a similar amount of self- directed study.

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be 16 years of age or older on the 1st of January in the year that the student enrols, unless approved otherwise by the Programme Leader.

  • The student can reasonably expect to achieve the standards required for successful completion of the programme or course.

For International Students or Non-English Speaking New Zealand Residents, students require a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0, or must gain intermediate/upper-intermediate level in a test administered by an approved third party provider (such as Vital English) to gain entry into this programme or have attained NZCEL (Level 3).

Qualifier Streams

Students will indicate their desired graduate outcomes during the application and enrolment process. The selection into a qualifier stream will be done in consultation with the Programme Leader and the team from the International Department. 

NorthTec are currently trialling a pilot programme using both the Vital English test and the Oxford English test. 

The test results assist the programme tutors and learners to define the student’s current level of English language skills, ensuring they are no put into programmes either above or below their current level of skill.


New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Full time


16 weeks

Start Dates

Whangarei: February

Auckland (International Students Only): 2019:
7 January
4 February
4 March
1 April
6 May
4 June
1 July
29 July
26 August
23 September
21 October
18 November

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $3,093.42

Student levy may apply

International: $7,000

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Phone 0800 162 100
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