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

This course is available


Level of Study



16 weeks

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Unitec Institute of Technology


This English programme is applied in an academic context, and designed to further develop your English language and study skills in preparation for further study in a specific field.

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 subjects:

  • Preparing for Study
  • Animal Management and Welfare
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Building and Carpentry
  • Business
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Landscape and Garden Design
  • Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying
  • Social Work and Community Development

Where to from here?

Most students who successfully complete this programme can move into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4), as well as any Unitec programme that requires IELTS 5.5, including most Level 4 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 begins
A New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) or equivalent.

English Language Requirements: IELTS – Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5.0; TOEFL – Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14); PTE - Academic score of 36 with no band score lower than 36.

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