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 who wish to increase their English language proficiency for general communication.


This programme aims to provide individuals with basic English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening which will enable them to cope with everyday situations. These skills will also provide a basis for progression onto the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3).

What you will learn

Graduates will have the language skills required to communicate in familiar situations with some independence. The programme will engage in the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

You will learn the skills to:

  • Participate in simple spoken interactions

  • Understand gist and main points in straightforward spoken and written texts and exchanges

  • Write simple, connected texts on familiar topics

Courses Level Credits
2276.0001 - Reading 2 15
2276.0002 - Writing 2 15
2276.0003 - Listening 2 15
2276.0004 - Speaking 2 15

Employment pathways

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

  • Participation in simple face-to-face interpersonal communication

  • Response to simple spoken and written instructions and informational texts

  • Production of simple written texts relevant to the workplace

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.

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

And one of the following:

  • Provide an IELTS Academic score of at least 3.0 with no band score lower than 3.0, or an accepted international equivalence; OR

  • Provide evidence of CEFR A2 level in the VITAL placement test.

Applicants using VITAL CEFR A2 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 (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


1 semester

Start Dates

Whangarei: TBC

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees free

International: $7,000

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