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

This course is available


Level of Study



20 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Timaru Campus


Improve your language skills for work and everyday situations.

The New Zealand Certificates in English comprise of eight English language programmes from foundation through to advanced level.

These programmes give you the language skills and knowledge useful for living and working in New Zealand.

This programme enables you to communicate with some independence and fluency in workplace or everyday social and community English language contexts.

This programme is full time and consists of 18 weeks (6 months) of intensive learning.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this programme will give you the confidence to communicate effectively in the English language.

From level 3 upwards, you may choose to study a workplace or professional qualifier, which may be used as evidence of English language level when seeking employment.

Study pathways

This certificate leads to further study at level 4.

Once you complete this certificate you may meet the language requirements for other programmes of study.

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

This programme has open entry.

There is no specific English language entry requirement as English level will be assessed through placement testing.

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