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Certificate in English Language (Foundation)

This course is available


Level of Study



20 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Ara Institute of Canterbury


Learn English for very familiar, 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.

The Foundation Level 1 programme enables learners to communicate with support in very basic, familiar and everyday situations.

This programme is available full time and consists of 18 weeks (6 months) of intensive learning. It is also available part-time over 36 weeks (12 months).

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 the next level.

Once you complete the certificate at level 3 or above you may meet the language requirements for other programmes of study.

Entry criteria

This programme has open entry.

English Requirements

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

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