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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? Study English as a second language at Unitec and you’ll learn how to communicate effectively, and build your confidence in using English in lots of everyday situations.

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Improve your English in 2020

In our English Language courses, 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. 

You can choose from one of the study options below under ‘Programmes and study path’. If you’re not sure what level to apply for, you can take this handy online test to get an indication of what programme is best for you. 

If you’re still not sure, apply for any of the options available. You’ll sit an assessment as part of your application process which will help us determine the right programme for you.  

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If you have a question about studying English Language or you need assistance with applying, we can help. Click the button below to talk to one of our friendly staff who are fluent in Mandarin:

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Please note: While our New Zealand Certificate in English Language programmes do have a fee, if you are a refugee, you may be eligible for a Refugee English Fund Grant. For more information, click below. 

Refugee English Fund Grants

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.

Alternatively, you can take this online test to get an indication of what programme is best for 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 (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 (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

Short courses

Start with a short course that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
Short courses   Description
Focus On English   A flexible full-time English language short course for international students.

Free English classes

If you just want to practise your English for a few hours a week we offer classes on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings that are taught by our Certificate in Language Teaching students.