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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology


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

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Take your study of English language to an advanced level.

This course is for learners who wish to pursue academic study in an English language medium that requires higher levels of English language competency. This course is free for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

You'll learn the language skills required to communicate independently and effectively in a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar academic situations with fluency and flexibility. Level 5 graduates usually meet the English requirements to enrol in our postgraduate courses at levels 8 and 9.

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

We offer beginner to advanced English courses. We'll assess your English when you enrol to decide the best level for you to study at.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Professional) (Level 5), OR
  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)


Positions that require:

  • complex interpersonal communication,
  • understanding of complex context specific professional and/or technical texts,
  • writing complex, context specific communications, and
  • full participation, interaction and initiative in a team.

This course is designed to equip you with the English language proficiency to enable you to seek professional registration with regulatory standard bodies.


You must complete THREE of the following topics:

  • Communicating Independently in English
  • Engaging in Extensive Discourse in English
  • Communicating in a Wide Range of Professional or Academic Situations
  • Managing Complex Language Situations in English
  • Plain English for Professional and Academic Contexts
  • Global English for Professional and Academic Contexts

Plus a further 15 credits from any topics at Level 5 or above (with the approval of the English Language Programme Manager)


Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions

  • Courses at Level 7 and above

Entry criteria

NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Maori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2 and a minimum of 42 credits at level 3; or

Evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

English Language requirements:

Your English will be assessed on entry.

Guideline for entry:

  • Level 5 entry: CEFR mid B2 or IELTS 6.0


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