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You can study English Language at Unitec

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

Do you want better employment opportunities in New Zealand but your English isn’t good enough? Study English and get the skills to succeed in further study and in your job and career.

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

Programme overview

This programme is open for applications for 2019.

This English programme also prepares you for a career in many different industries, in school, at home and in the workplace.


  • Learn how to communicate in different situations from the workplace to community activities
  • Get the language and study skills to succeed in academic study
  • Prepare for further study in higher level certificate programmes
  • Gain an understanding of ethical, bicultural and social issues in NZ
  • Learn in a fast and flexible 16 week programme
  • Use the latest technology and apps to help you learn
  • Get access to great teachers and equipment (including a well-equipped Library, English Language Centre and computer labs)

After completing this course, you will:

Admission 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 (Level 2) or equivalent, or achieve an appropriate score on Unitec's Language Studies English Language Placement Test
Don’t meet these requirements? We also accept:
  • 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
Oral & Text-based Skills (L3) (EAPL3150) 30 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.
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.