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

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



18 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Palmerston North Campus (Main Campus)


Gain the English language skills you need to embark on further study and improve your IELTS or TOEFL score with the New Zealand Certificate in English (Level 3) (General) at UCOL.

UCOL’s very experienced and highly qualified tutors will help you to improve your English for daily life, work and/or study, enabling you to become an active learner inside and outside the classroom.

Graduates will gain the language skills required to communicate in most situations with some independence and fluency in order to participate in everyday/social/community, workplace and/or academic English language contexts. This qualification is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B1.

This programme uses blended delivery – combining in person and online learning.

Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (General) can progress to further study at undergraduate level at UCOL or further specialise in the English language with New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (Applied)

Course Information

This programme consist 60 credits. The course includes;

Reading Level 3 G (15 Credits) - Learn to read, understand and provide a response to a range of texts (graded readers, articles) on familiar topics.

Writing Level 3 G (15 Credits) - Learn to write comprehensible, connected texts for familiar and predictable purposes (book reviews, letters) with reasonable linguistic accuracy.

Listening Level 3 G (15 Credits) - Learn to understand the main points and key supporting detail in extended oral interaction (conversations, interviews) on a range of familiar topics.

Speaking Level 3 G (15 Credits) - Learn to speak with some coherence, fluency and confidence to exchange personal information and opinions on familiar topics.

Entry criteria

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) or

Equivalent skills and knowledge such as IELTS 4.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL). IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

A diagnostic test may be used to identify the Level at which domestic students for whom English is not their first language and international students already in New Zealand should begin studying.

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