Programme overview

Now open for applications.

Study English to increase your skills in understanding, reflection and inter-cultural competence in an academic context. Unitec employs the latest teaching practices, uses collaborative learning spaces, and provides a true campus and community experience. This programme will prepare you for success in range of degree level programmes including business, computing and creative industries.


  • Learn how to listen, read, write and speak in English in academic contexts
  • Get the language and study skills to succeed in academic study
  • Use the latest technology and apps to help you learn
  • Study five English for Academic Purposes Unit Standards and gain credits towards meeting UE literacy requirements
  • Get access to great teachers and equipment (including a well-equipped Library, Language Learning Centre and computer labs)
  • Learn in a fast and flexible 16 week programme
  • English language scholarships available to help you study

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Write well-structured, developed, moderately complex academic texts
  • Continue your education with the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) or combine your studies with a degree programme
  • Participate effectively in group work and engage in spoken academic language. 

Note: This programme is pending NZQA approval.

Admission requirements

To be confirmed pending NZQA approval.
For this programme, you will need the following:
  1. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
  2. Hold a New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3); or
  3. Achieve an appropriate score on our English Language Placement Test.
Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:
  • Sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses including timetables, please click on the course names below.