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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)

Do you need additional English skills to get into the Bachelor programme of your choice? Study English and get the skills to succeed in further study and in your career.

60 (0.5 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February, April, July, September
Full-time for 16 weeks

Programme overview

This programme takes your studies one step further. After completing this programme, you'll be able to write well-structured, developed, and moderately complex academic texts, and you'll also have a chance to complete a research project in your area of interest.

Unitec employs the latest teaching practices, uses collaborative learning spaces, and provides a true campus and community experience, so you'll be prepared for success in a range of degree-level programmes.


  • Learn how to listen, read, write and speak in English in academic contexts
  • Get the language and study skills to succeed in academic study
  • Use the latest technology and apps to help you learn
  • Study five English for Academic Purposes Unit Standards and gain credits towards meeting UE literacy requirements
  • Get access to great teachers and equipment (including a well-equipped Library, English Language Centre, and computer labs)
  • Learn in a fast and flexible 16-week programme

Where to from here?

Most students who successfully complete this programme can move into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5), as well as any Unitec programme that requires IELTS 6.0. 

Please note: International students who graduate will NOT be eligible for a post-study work visa upon completion of this programme.

Is this the right level for me?

If you're not sure, feel free to take this free online test to help you determine what English programme to apply for. 

Alternatively, simply apply and we can move you into the right programme after you sit the placement test, (if required). 

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. Be 16 years old by the time the programme starts
  2. A New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) or equivalent, IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0, or achieve an appropriate score on Unitec's Language Studies English Language Placement Test. 

If you don’t meet these requirements, you may still apply under special or discretionary entrance.

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
Oral & Text-based Skills (L4 Academic) (EAPL4190) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course develops students’ English language skills so that they can participate effectively in the study of English at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) mid B2 level in an academic context.
English for Academic Purposes (L4) (EAPL4191) 30 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course develops students’ language skills so that they can communicate independently and effectively at CEFR mid B2 level in familiar and some less familiar situations, with fluency and flexibility in academic English language contexts.