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You can study English Language at Unitec

English Language

Do you want to get qualified but need to improve your English? Do you want to live and work in New Zealand but don’t have the necessary English skills? Study English as a second language at Unitec and you’ll learn how to communicate effectively as well as building your confidence to use English in lots of everyday situations. 

Explore your options

Unitec’s English language programmes will improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. From elementary to advanced English speakers, you can study English as a second language at different levels. 

You will learn practical English for use in life, study and work. This includes reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Some of our English language programmes include work experience, so you can practice your skills in a real work environment, and take courses that focus on skills you can use at school. If you want to continue your education here at Unitec, we have up to four start dates per year from which you can choose to start: February, May, July or September/October. 

You'll feel right at home too. Our students come from many different backgrounds and cultures. There are shared lunches, welcome ceremonies for new students, and student advisors to help you settle in.

Plus the IELTS Test is available right here on campus.

Which English programme is right for you? If you apply to study English at Unitec, you will be asked to come in for an assessment. This will help us understand the best programme to suit you. View the full list of our English programmes below.

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS START DATES
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) 2 Full-time for 16 weeks This programme is no longer offered.
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies. February, April, July or September
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies. February, April, July, September
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) 4 Full-time for 16 weeks Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies. February, April, July, September
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 4) 4 Full-time for 16 weeks Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies. This programme is no longer offered
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) 5 Full-time for 16 weeks or part-time options available. Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies. February, July or September
Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language 7 Full-time for 15 weeks or part-time options available Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies. This programme is no longer offered

Free English classes

If you would like to improve your reading, writing or spoken English skills we have a number of options for you: