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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 and Business to Health Science and Educational Leadership.


  • Learn how to effectively communicate in different situations by advancing your spoken and written communication skills
  • Get the skills to succeed in higher education
  • Successfully graduate from this programme and you can apply for Bachelors and Postgraduate programmes or advance your current career
  • Get access to great teachers and equipment (including a well-equipped Library, Language Learning Centre and computer labs)
  • Learn in a fast and flexible format - this is a 16 week programme 
  • Scholarships 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 4) (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.

Listening in Academic Contexts (EAPL5151) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to understand the main ideas of complex spoken texts on both concrete and abstract topics. To enable students to understand complex texts independently on familiar and unfamiliar topics.
Speaking in Academic Contexts (EAPL5152) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to speak with fluency and spontaneity (using appropriate skills to manage interactions) in order to communicate information, ideas and thoughts in extended discourse on familiar and unfamiliar topics in a wide range of both formal and informal settings.
Reading in Academic Contexts (EAPL5153) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To enable students to read and understand complex texts independently on familiar and unfamiliar topics, to summarise and synthesise information across a range of complex texts for a specific purpose.
Writing in Academic Contexts (EAPL5154) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS)To write extended, crafted, logically structured and consistently coherent texts appropriate to audience and purpose, using a wide range of text types, synthesising, evaluating and applying information and arguments from a range of sources.





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: Applicants must meet the general, special or discretionary admission requirements, and meet the English Language entry requirements.

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


18 Weeks

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  N/AN/A
Government tuition subsidy: N/AN/A

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.