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

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Auckland International Campus


Gain advanced English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This will enable you to deal effectively and confidently with most situations in an English-speaking country. These English skills will also provide a basis for you to be able to progress into mainstream academic programmes from the National Qualifications Framework (Level 6 and above).

This programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.

Further study options: When you finish this Level 5 certificate, you'll be able to apply for programmes that are quite advanced and/or specialise in a particular field of study. This includes most postgraduate programmes.

Your workload: You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per Study Block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study.

Entry criteria

You must:

  • be 16 years of age or older on January 1st in the year that you enrol, unless approved otherwise by the Programme Leader
  • reasonably expect to achieve the standards required for successful completion of the programme or course.
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:
    • New Zealand University Entrance OR
    • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) OR
    • Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
    • Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS

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