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

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16 weeks
Start date: 07-June-2021
Auckland International Campus
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Gain advanced English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

This will enable you to deal effectively and confidently with most situations in an English-speaking country. These English skills will also provide a basis for you to be able to progress into mainstream academic programmes from the National Qualifications Framework (Level 6 and above).

This programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.

By successfully completing this programme, you will have the English language skills to:

  • understand the main ideas of complex spoken texts
  • speak with fluency and spontaneity to communicate information, ideas and thoughts in extended discussions on a range of familiar and unfamiliar topics
  • use appropriate skills and language to manage interactions in a wide range of formal and informal settings
  • read and understand complex texts independently on familiar and unfamiliar topics
  • summarise and synthesise information across a range of complex texts for a specific purpose
  • write extended, crafted, logically-structured, coherent texts appropriate to audience and purpose
  • be able to synthesise, evaluate and apply information and arguments from a range of sources.

Graduate employment opportunities

Graduates of this qualification will have the English language skills to work in positions that require:

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

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

Pathways into this programme

International students can study the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) if they do not meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Further study options

This advanced certificate facilitates meeting the language requirements for:

  • programmes/courses that are linguistically demanding and/or a specialised field of study
  • most postgraduate programmes/courses, depending on the focus of the programme leading to this qualification.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to pathway into a coherent programme of study at Otago Polytechnic Auckland International Campus.

Entry criteria

You must:

  • be 16 years of age or older on January 1st in the year that you enrol, unless approved otherwise by the Programme Leader
  • reasonably expect to achieve the standards required for successful completion of the programme or course.
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:
    • New Zealand University Entrance OR
    • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) OR
    • Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
    • Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS


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