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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)

This course is available


Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Unitec Institute of Technology


Study English and prepare yourself for your future studies and career.

This programme extends on your previous English language study. In this programme, you'll be able to understand and produce extended and complex academic texts on a wide range of topics.

Your study is personalised, allowing you opportunities to choose your own topics and research your future field of study.

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 degree-level and postgraduate programmes, such as:

  • Bachelor of Nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Computing
  • Master of Applied Practice (Professional Accounting)

Where to from here?

Most students who successfully complete this programme can move into any Unitec programme that requires IELTS 6.5 (all undergraduate degrees and most post-graduate programmes).

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

  • To be 16 years old by the time the programme starts
  • A New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) or equivalent

  • IELTS test: Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 4 (Academic). Language Cert - C1 Expert International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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