New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3)

Auckland International, Whangarei
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About this programme

This qualification is intended for learners of English who wish to apply their English language proficiency with increasing independence and fluency in an academic context. 


Graduates will have the general language skills required to participate with increasing independence and fluency in academic contexts.

What you will learn

You will learn the skills to:

  • understand main points and some specific details of moderately complex oral and written texts on reasonably familiar topics in an academic context.

  • participate with some confidence  in sustained spoken discourse on reasonably familiar topics in an academic context.

  • write clear, connected texts on reasonably familiar topics in an academic context.

Courses Level Credits
3517.0001 - Applied Reading 3 15
3517.0002 - Applied Writing 3 15
3517.0003 - Applied Listening 3 15
3517.0004 - Applied Speaking 3 15

Education pathways

This certificate can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) or into other study or training programmes/courses at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 4 or below.

Career opportunities and pathways

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

  • participation in face-to-face interpersonal communication

  • response to basic, context-specific texts

  • production of simple, context-specific record-keeping

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 (General) (Level 3); OR

  • Provide an IELTS Academic score of at least 5.0 with no band score lower than 4.5, or an accepted international equivalence; OR

  • Provide evidence of CEFR High B1 level in the VITAL placement test.

Applicants using VITAL CEFR High B1 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 (Applied) (Level 3)

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

Whangarei: TBC

Auckland (International Students Only): TBC

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

2022 Fees: $3,144.56

Student levy may apply

International Fees (2022): $7,000

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Phone 0800 162 100
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