New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)

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About this programme

This qualification is intended for learners of English who wish to pursue academic study requiring high levels of English language proficiency. 


Graduates will have the language skills to communicate independently and effectively in a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar situations with fluency and flexibility in academic contexts.

What you will learn

You will learn the skills to:

  • understand extended, complex oral and written texts on a wide range of topics.

  • participate flexibly and effectively in extended spoken academic discourse on a wide range of topics.

  • write well-structured, sophisticated, extended academic texts on a wide range of topics.

Courses Level Credits
5563.0001 - Reading 5 15
5563.0002 - Writing 5 15
5563.0003 - Listening 5 15
5563.0004 - Speaking 5 15

Education pathways

This certificate builds on the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) and facilitates meeting the language requirements for:

  • programmes or courses that are linguistically demanding and/or a specialised field of study

  • most post graduate programmes/courses depending on the focus of the programme leading to this qualification

Career opportunities and pathways

Holders of this certificate will have the English language skills to work in positions that require:

  • complex interpersonal communication

  • understanding of complex context-specific texts

  • writing complex context-specific communications

  • interaction and the effective processing and dissemination of information

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet 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 Academic Lead; AND

  • Can reasonably expect to achieve the standards required for successful completion of the programme or course;

AND one of the following:

  • Have successfully completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4); OR

  • Provide an IELTS Academic score of at least 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; OR an accepted international equivalence; OR

  • Provide evidence of CEFR C1 in the VITAL placement test.

Applicants using VITAL CEFR C1 evidence to enter the programme will be required to undertake the NorthTec internal placement test to confirm their current level of English proficiency. This will include writing and speaking components.


New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)

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

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 semester

Start Dates

Auckland (International Students Only): TBC

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $3,144.56

Student levy may apply

International: $7,000

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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