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

This course is available


Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Unitec Institute of Technology


Study our foundational English programme and get the skills to succeed in your career or further study.

This English programme is designed to give you general English and study skills and is the first step in your English learning journey. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively in different situations; from the workplace, to community activities, to conversations with your friends and family.

Unitec employs the latest teaching practices, uses collaborative learning spaces, and provides a true campus and community experience, so you'll be prepared for success in a range of programmes, such as:

  • NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills – Allied Trades
  • NZ Certificate in Construction Trade Skills – Carpentry
  • NZ Certificate in Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying

Where to from here?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you entry into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3), as well as any other Unitec programme that requires IELTS 5.0, including select Level 3 Unitec Certificates.

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme.


Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.

Entry criteria

For this programme, you will need the following:

To be at least 16 years old by the time the programme starts
A New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) or equivalent, or achieve an appropriate score on Unitec's Language Studies English Language Placement Test.

English Language Requirements: IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14). PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 3 (General). Language Cert - B1 Achiever International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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