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

Auckland International, Whangarei
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About this programme

This programme aims to provide intermediate English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening which will which enable graduates to cope with most situations in an English speaking country.

What you will learn

Graduates of this qualification will be able to:

  • Understand main points and some specific details of oral texts on reasonably familiar topics.

  • Participate with some confidence in spoken discourse on reasonably familiar topics.

  • Understand main points and some specific details of written texts on reasonably familiar topics.

  • Write connected texts on reasonably familiar topics.

Courses Level Credits
3473.0001 - Reading 3 15
3473.0002 - Writing 3 15
3473.0003 - Listening 3 15
3473.0004 - Speaking 3 15

Career opportunities and pathways

These skills will provide a basis for progression onto the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) qualification or mainstream academic courses from the NZQF Level 4 and above.

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

  • participation in face to face interpersonal communication

  • response to written instructions and informational texts

  • production of simple, context specific record-keeping

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; AND

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

  • Have successfully completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2); OR provide evidence of CEFR B1 level in the VITAL placement test; OR provide an IELTS Academic score of at least 4.5 with no band score lower than 4.0; OR an accepted international equivalence.

All applicants, except those who have graduated NZCEL Level 2, must 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 (General) (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

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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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