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Programme overview

Develop your English language skills to succeed in further study and in your career.  This programme will prepare you for a career in many industries, from Architecture, Computing and Business to Health Science and Educational Leadership and Management.


  • Learn how to listen, read, write and speak in English in higher-level and postgraduate academic contexts
  • Get the language and study skills to succeed in higher education
  • Use the latest technology and apps to help you learn
  • Get access to great teachers and equipment (including a well-equipped Library, Language Learning Centre and computer labs)
  • Learn perspectives from diverse cultures and understand ethical, bicultural and social issues in New Zealand
  • 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:
  • Understand and produce extended, complex academic texts on a wide range of topics
  • Continue your education with a Bachelors or Postgraduate programme or advance your current career

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:
  1. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts
  2. A New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) or equivalent, or achieve an appropriate score on Unitec's Language Studies 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.





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: 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 (Academic) (Level 4); or 3. Achieve an appropriate score on our English Language Placement Test; or Sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


18 Weeks

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $2,890$2,890
Government tuition subsidy: $2,948$2,948

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$31,634
Earnings range$16,941 - $43,897
In employment30%
In further study53%
On a benefit11%

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.