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

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19 weeks

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Apply your English language proficiency with increasing independence and fluency.

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.

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 criteria

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.

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