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

Do you want better employment opportunities in New Zealand? Study our foundational English programme and get the skills to succeed in your career or further study.

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

Programme overview

Please note: You also need to complete the NZ Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) if you wish to transition into most mainstream programmes. 

This programme is designed to give you general English and study skills, and is the first step in your English learning journey. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively in different situations; from the workplace, to community activities, to conversations with your friends and family.

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 programmes, such as:

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?

Successful completion of this programme will allow you entry into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3), as well as any other Unitec programme that requires IELTS 5.0, including select Level 3 Unitec 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 starts
  2. A New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) or equivalent, 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, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2024; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Oral Skills (Level 3) (EAPL3154) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course develops students’ speaking and listening skills on familiar and routine topics at CEFR high B1 level.
Text-Based Skills (Level 3) (EAPL3155) 30.0 credits (0.25 EFTS) This course develops students’ reading and writing skills on familiar and routine topics at CEFR high B1 level.

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