New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2)

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About this programme

This qualification is intended for learners of English as an additional language, attending NZQA approved programmes delivered in Aotearoa New Zealand or off-shore. Graduates will have the language skills required to understand and use basic language in familiar situations to engage in simple and routine tasks, social encounters and exchanges of information with emerging fluency and accuracy

What you will learn

Graduates will have the English language skills to work in positions that require:

  • Simple face to face interpersonal communication

  • Understanding of simple spoken and written instructions and descriptions

  • Completion of simple forms relevant to workplace contexts

Career opportunities and pathways

These skills will provide a basis for progression onto the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 3) qualification.

Workload & schedule

The course will be delivered over 16 weeks, and students will study 5 days a week for 4 hours a day with the 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 3 with no band lower than 3.0, or must gain Elementary or Pre-Intermediate level in a test administered by an approved third party provider (such as Vital English) to gain entry into this programme.

Qualifier Streams

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 not put into programmes either above or below their current level of skill.


New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2)

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

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees free

International: $7,000

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