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

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1 semester
Start date: Expected July-2020
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This programme is for those needing more advanced skills 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 employment context.

This programme is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) low B2.


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

Career/Further Opportunities

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

  • Participation in face-to-face interpersonal communication
  • Response to basic, context-specific texts
  • Production of simple, context-specific record-keeping.

This certificate builds on the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) and can lead to:

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Employment) (Level 4)
  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)

This certificate facilitates meeting the language requirements for other study or training programmes/courses at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 4 or below.

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have:

1) A completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) or equivalent; or
2) An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 in all bands, or equivalent.

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

Selection Criteria

a) Candidates must be 16 years or older.
B) 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.
c) Candidates must demonstrate a reasonable chance of success in the programme.


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