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

This course is available


Level of Study



17 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Otago Polytechnic


This Certificate is for intermediate English speakers who want to do further English Language or subject study in an academic context. It is a nationally-recognised qualification.

This programme can lead to academic study at Otago Polytechnic or you can use it to transfer to other study institutes in New Zealand.

When you study English with us you will:

  • learn English from teachers who are very patient and understanding
  • work in small groups to practise your speaking
  • meet native speakers and listen to guest speakers
  • gain study skills through self-directed learning and group work.

What you will learn

When you complete this programme, you will be able to:

  • understand the main ideas and key supporting details of moderately complex spoken and written information of familiar topics
  • take part effectively in sustained, spoken, academic conversation
  • write detailed, well-developed and moderately complex academic texts on familiar topics.

Your workload

  • 20-22 hours per week in class, guided by your teacher
  • 10-14 hours per week in self-directed study

Entry criteria

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) or equivalent.

We will test you and place you at the right level when you arrive, even if you have a proficiency assessment result (e.g. IELTS).
International students need a visa to study with us for more than three months.

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