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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Employment) (Level 4)

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1 semester
Start date: Expected July-2020
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Students in this programme will develop oral and written language skills needed to communicate independently and effectively in a range of workplace settings, and will expand their face-to-face, independent, and online learning study skills.

This programme is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) mid B2. This programme may lead to employment or study such as Wintec Level 5 Diplomas or NZCEL (Academic) (Level 5).


  • Level 4 (Employment) - Listening
  • Level 4 (Employment) - Speaking
  • Level 4 (Employment) - Reading
  • Level 4 (Employment) - Writing

Career/Further Opportunities

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Employment) (Level 4) will have the English language skills to work in positions that require:

  • Interpersonal communication
  • Understanding of context-specific professional and/or technical texts
  • Writing context-specific records and reports
  • Interaction in a team

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

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)

This certificate may facilitate meeting the language requirements for many vocational and undergraduate programmes/courses and specialised fields of study requiring lower and/or New Zealand Qualifications Framework level 5, for entrance, depending on the focus of the programme leading to this qualification.

Entry criteria

Candidates are required to have:
1) A completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) or equivalent; or
2) An international English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5, or equivalent; TOEFL IBT: 46; TOEFL IBT: 530; Pearson: 42

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.

English language requirements

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


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