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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3)

Do you want to build your English language skills for further study or to improve your work prospects?

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

Programme overview

This English programme is applied in an academic context, and designed to further develop your English language and study skills in preparation for further study in a specific field. 

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 subjects:

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).

Where to from here?

Most students who successfully complete this programme can move into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4), as well as any Unitec programme that requires IELTS 5.5, including most Level 4 Certificates.

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

Admission requirements

Academic requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  1. To be at least 16 years old by the time the programme begins
  2. A New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) or equivalent, IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 5.0 with no band lower than 4.5, 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 (L3) (EAPL3150) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course develops the language skills required for students to participate effectively at CEFR low B2 level in routine academic English language contexts.
English for Academic Purposes (L3) (EAPL3151) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) To develop students’ English language skills to enable them to communicate with some independence and fluency in order to participate in routine academic English language contexts at CEFR low B2 level.
English for the Workplace (L3) (EAPL3152) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) To develop students’ English language skills to enable them to communicate with some independence and fluency in order to participate in routine workplace contexts

Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.