New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)

19 Weeks
Whangārei & Auckland

Gain the language skills to communicate independently and effectively in academic settings.

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. 

You will learn the skills to:

  • understand main ideas and supporting details of moderately complex oral and written academic texts.
  • participate effectively in sustained spoken academic discourse.
  • write detailed, developed, moderately complex academic texts.

Education pathways

This certificate can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) or into certain certificate or diploma courses at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 5 and above.

Entry Requirements

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to understand follow, and respond to instructions given in English.
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences.
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level.
  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Applicants for whom English is not a first language must have an IELTS score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5; or an accepted international equivalence.

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 (Applied) (Level 3); OR
  • Provide an IELTS Academic score of at least 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0; OR an accepted international equivalence.
  • Provide evidence of CEFR B2 level in the VITAL placement test; OR

Applicants using VITAL CEFR B2 evidence to enter the programme will be required to undertake the internal NorthTec placement test to confirm their current level of English proficiency. This will include writing and speaking components.

Intakes & Applications

Dates & Bookings

This programme is not open to international students.
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Whangārei & Auckland
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)
Dates:
Throughout the year
TBC
Delivery:
Part Time
or Full Time.
Delivery:
Full Time.
Price:
Fees:
$3,177
(2023)
$3,084
(2022)
International
International Fees:
$7,000
(2022)
Price:
TBC
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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. See our full Terms and conditions.

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Career opportunities and pathways

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

  • interpersonal communication
  • understanding of context-specific texts of a more academic nature
  • writing records and reports
  • interaction in a team

About Te Pūkenga

NorthTec is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (Te Pūkenga). From 1 October 2022, all references to NorthTec or Northland Polytechnic on this website (and any documentation linked through this website) need to be read as references to Te Pūkenga and its NorthTec business division.

Te Pūkenga brings the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training activities of certain Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) together to create a national network. This will give learners more choices and flexibility in what, where, and how they learn.

Existing NorthTec ākonga (learners) will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga automatically in the same qualification and will continue to learn in the same way, in the same place, with the same people.

Learners should note that all programmes offered across Te Pūkenga are under review to ensure they are portable, consistent and aligned with the needs of industry and may be changed. Where there are changes to programmes that you have applied to enrol in, you will be notified of these changes.

Key Information for students - Qualification Information from the NZ Government.
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