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

This course is available


Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Oct 2022


Manukau Institute of Technology


Programme highlights

This qualification is for those who want to use English for general purposes or gain entry into Level 4 certificates.

You will learn the language skills and knowledge you need to participate in further study in a New Zealand tertiary context.

You will also develop the interpersonal and intercultural skills required to study, work and live in the multicultural environment of New Zealand.

This qualification allows Aotearoa New Zealand community, employers and educational institutions to recognise the level at which you can use English for general or academic purposes.

Programme structure

You will need to complete four (15 credits) compulsory courses:

843.325 Academic Reading and Writing skills (15 credits)

843.326 Applied Academic Reading and Writing (15 credits)

844.331 Notetaking and Presentations (15 credits)

844.332 Academic Discussions (15 credits)

Career opportunities

Graduates of this certificate will have the English language skills to work in positions that require more complex language.

Further training or study

This Certificate builds on the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3).

Graduates may progress to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 (Academic), or gain entry to certificate programmes that have an entry requirement of 5.5 IELTS, particularly in Culinary, Hospitality and Baking, Engineering and Trades, and Business Administration.

Entry criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria for admission into the programme:

Hold an NZCEL Level 3 General or Academic or equivalent OR

Have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0, with no scores below 4.5, or equivalent. OR

Achieve a score of 70 - 74 or higher in the online diagnostic test; or

Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) score of high B1

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5; TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE); TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); Cambridge English Examinations: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; OET at Grade C in all sub-tests; Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36.

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