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

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Level of Study



60 credit hours

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This programme will teach you to communicate in most situations with some independence and fluency so as to take part in everyday life, in a workplace and/or for academic study. Learner independence is encouraged through the use of online and project-based learning which develop generic skills that are transferable to work and study, such as computer skills, time management and team work.

You can also do this programme in two parts, completing the two halves of the programme at different times, if this fits better with your requirements.

You will develop core language skills.

Graduates of this qualification will have the English language skills to:

  • Understand the main points and key details in of spoken English in familiar contexts
  • Speak clearly and easily to talk about personal ideas and to keep a conversation going
  • Read and understand a range of texts on familiar topics; scan, locate and gather information to complete a task
  • Write in a way that is easy to understand with clearly explained ideas and with reasonable accuracy.

Career opportunities & pathways

Successful completion of this programme can lead to positions that require face to face interpersonal communication, understanding of basic context-specific texts, simple context-specific record-keeping, interaction in a supervised team or it will gain you entry to Certificate courses at Levels 3.

Entry criteria

Academic Requirement for entry into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 is

the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2)
or equivalent skills and knowledge.

Note: International applicants must also comply with Immigration NZ requirements.

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