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Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language

Is English your second language? Do you already have a good level of English but would like to enhance your English language skills in order to study at undergraduate or post-graduate levels or to further your career? This programme will help you achieve these goals.

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
Not currently offered for new enrolments
Full-time for 15 weeks or part-time options available

Programme overview

This programme is no longer offered for new enrolments. If you have applied for the programme you will be contacted about alternative study options or you can give us a call on 0800 10 95 10.

This programme will boost your spoken and written communication skills, your confidence and awareness of New Zealand culture and society as well as the employment culture in New Zealand and the global world. It is is available to international students who are attending Unitec partner institutions.


  • Learn to speak English fluently, accurately and confidently in both formal and informal contexts across professional, academic and social environments.
  • Develop fluent and accurate written communication skills.
  • Learn about Aotearoa/New Zealand society and culture and how to interact in culturally appropriate ways.
  • Develop the your employment skills - some of our courses offer temporary work placements or community placements
  • Aquire the skills required for further tertiary study, including at a post-graduate level.
  • Learn from highly experienced, friendly and helpful lecturers.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. A recognised degree, a professional qualification in a relevant discipline or the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to the above
2. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing) 
3. If English is your second language, you are required to have one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don’t meet the 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.

Courses Credits Aim
Advanced Written English (EAPL7411) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to extend their written fluency and accuracy in a wide range of personal, professional and academic contexts by focusing on form and function. This will equip them for citizenship, employment and further study, including post-graduate level, as well as lifelong learning and personal development.
Advanced Spoken English (EAPL7412) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To develop students’ proficiency in spoken English, both productive and receptive, for academic, professional and social/community purposes. This will equip them for employment, leadership, life-long learning and personal development.
Courses Credits Aim
Negotiated Studies (EAPL7007) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To provide an opportunity for students of English as an additional language to complete an in-depth analysis of a chosen topic in an academic or professional/vocational field, integrating the theoretical knowledge obtained from literature with critical reflection, and to apply that to practical tasks in the chosen field.
Culture and New Zealand Society 2 (EAPL7417) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to engage with significant aspects of culture in NZ society and in wider global contexts.
Professional Employment in a Globalised World (EAPL7418) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To establish an understanding and exploit knowledge of language used in employment and workplaces in a globalised world, while exploring a variety of contemporary employment issues.





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: A recognised degree, professional relevant qualification or ability to demonstrate equivalent competencies plus English language requirements. Special and discretionary admission also accepted.

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


17 Weeks

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $2,945 $2,945
Government tuition subsidy:  $3,068 $3,068
Total: $6,012 $6,012

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings $43,783
Earnings range $34,122 - $53,477
In employment 58%
In further study 33%
On a benefit 2%

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.