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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 including timetables, please click on the course names below.

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.

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.