Programme overview

This programme is the first step you need to take to prepare yourself for a career in many industries, from Construction Management and Engineering to Business and Community and Social Work.


  • Learn how to communicate better in different situations from the workplace to community activities
  • Get further skills to succeed in academic study
  • When you graduate you can apply to many Diploma and Bachelor programmes
  • 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 
  • Scholarships are available


Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins

2. Have English as a second language and have the following:

  • Hold a NZCEL (Level 3) (Academic) or equivalent; or
  • Achieve an appropriate score on our English Language Placement test

3. Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, have a student visa or hold a Certificate of Refugee Status with eligibility to study

Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide 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.

Oral & Text-based Skills (L4) (EAPL4190) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop students’ spoken accuracy and fluency in the English language and their understanding of spoken English texts within a limited range of familiar contexts and genres
English for Academic Purposes (L4) (EAPL4191) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop students’ language skills so that they can communicate independently and effectively in familiar and some less familiar situations, with fluency and flexibility in academic English language contexts.
English for Social and Community Purposes (L4) (EAPL4193) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS)To develop students’ English language and cultural skills to enable them to communicate with developing independence and fluency in a range of everyday social and community contexts