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

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18 weeks
Start date: Expected July-2020
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This programme is for those wanting to gain skills needed for tertiary study, training or work in New Zealand. Students will develop oral and written English language skills to understand and use more complex language in an academic or workplace context.

This programme is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) high B1.


  • Level 3 (General) - Listening
  • Level 3 (General) - Speaking
  • Level 3 (General) - Reading
  • Level 3 (General) - Writing

Career/Further Opportunities

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) will have the English language skills to work in positions that require:

  • Participation in face-to-face interpersonal communication
  • Response to written instructions and informational texts
  • Production of simple, context-specific record-keeping

This certificate builds on the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) and can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3).

This certificate facilitates meeting the language requirements for other study or training programmes/courses at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 3 or below.

Entry criteria

To be eligible for this programme, candidates must be 16 years or older, and must demonstrate appropriate language proficiency, as determined by the Centre for Languages in accordance with Wintec’s Academic Regulations.

Placement in this programme will be determined by the Centre for Languages Placement Test according to language proficiency.

Selection Criteria

a) Candidates must be 16 years or older.
b) Candidates must have achieved NZCEL (Level 2) or
c) Have achieved a score of IELTS 4.5 across all bands, or equivalent.
d) Candidates must take part in a selection interview and will be required to take a placement test to determine their current English Language level and learning goals.
e) Candidates must demonstrate a reasonable chance of success in the programme.


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