QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3)Programme code: NZ3667
This qualification is for those who want to use English for general purposes or gain entry into level 4 certificates.
You will learn the language skills and knowledge you need to participate in further study in a New Zealand tertiary context.
You will also develop the interpersonal and intercultural skills required to study, work and live in the multicultural environment of New Zealand.
This qualification allows the Aotearoa New Zealand community, employers and educational institutions to recognise the level at which you can use English for general or academic purposes.
You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.
Applicants must meet the following entry criteria
- Hold an NZCEL Level 3 General or Academic or equivalent; or
- Have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0, with no scores below 4.5, or equivalent; or
- Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) score of high B1.
The applicant’s previous English learning experience and their current educational /learning goals will be established in a career conversation. A placement test and a writing sample will be collected prior to the career conversation. An assessment of the applicant’s level in speaking and listening will be determined during the conversation, and placement in the correct programme will be done accordingly.
- Be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident; or
- Hold a Certificate of Refugee Status and provide evidence of eligibility to study for the duration of enrolment; or
- Have an appropriate visa.
Special & discretionary admission
Any ākonga who is 20 years of age or older and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme is eligible for Special Admission. Te Pūkenga works with the ākonga to ensure they are prepared for their intended programme. Any ākonga who is not yet 20 years of age and has not reached the general admission requirements for their intended programme may be eligible for Discretionary Admission. In assessing whether to grant Discretionary Admission, the delegated authority focuses on the applicant’s level of preparedness for their intended programme.
You will complete your test in one day, plus get free online tuition to help you succeed. We offer paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS. Choose computer-delivered IELTS and get your results in 3-5 days.
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You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):
843.325 Academic reading and writing skills (15 credits)
Read and understand a range of moderately complex written texts independently, and write a coherent text under test conditions.
843.326 Applied academic reading and writing (15 credits)
Read and understand a range of moderately complex written texts, and write a clear, connected text in an academic context.
844.331 Notetaking and presentations (15 credits)
This course will enable you to understand the main points and some specific details of moderately complex spoken monologues and to participate with some confidence in sustained spoken discourse on reasonably familiar topics relevant to an academic context.
844.332 Academic discussions (15 credits)
This course will enable you to understand and participate in moderately complex spoken interaction in an academic context.
Do you want to study a single course, without enrolling into the full programme?
Courses within some of our programmes may be offered as an individual Certificate of Proficiency (COP). Programme entry requirements and course fees apply. For more information, please speak to our friendly Ask Me! team.
Further training or study
This certificate builds on the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3).
Graduates may progress to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 (Academic), or gain entry to certificate programmes that have an entry requirement of 5.5 IELTS, particularly in baking, culinary and hospitality, engineering and trades, and business administration.
Graduates of this certificate will have the English language skills to work in positions that require more complex language.
“My name is Kai Young. I came from China and I studied English at MIT.
My plan for the future is to continue to study English to improve and to get better. I want to be an electrician.
MIT is a great place. There are lots of good teachers and friendly classmates, which have helped me a lot. I am so happy that I chose to study at MIT. I feel supported in many ways, from the teachers, big classrooms, modern computer rooms, and MIT’s own library.
In class, we do a lot of practice and a lot of comprehension. There is also Canvas a student online portal, Canvas was very useful.
As a new student what you can expect is that you will be happy with the choice to study English at MIT, you will improve your English.
MIT will never leave you disappointed."
“My name is Ahmed Abu Saleeq. I come from Palestine.
For the future I am planning to finish my English course and then I am looking forward to joining university to be a doctor.
I liked studying at MIT because there are a lot of resources. The teachers are cheerful, friendly, outgoing, and they are helpful. If I needed any help, they helped me.
In the class we had a variety of activities, but we focused on the writing, reading, and speaking. We studied about many countries, and about different cultures. It is a big world of information; it is not just English.
When students come to study English at MIT, they will discover that MIT is a different world. It is not like any other place for studying. You will find people from different countries, students are very friendly, and you can enjoy and relax with them.
MIT has professional teachers, especially in English courses."
Ahmed Abu Saleeq
“My name is Humera Noor. I came to New Zealand from Pakistan about eight years ago. I wanted to improve my English, so I joined MIT.
I want to be a dress designer. I like designing, fabrics, and painting.
I like studying at MIT because there's friendly teachers here, big classes and modern ways. Everything is very good and that is why I like MIT.
There are lots of activities we do in class, there are our conversations, peer works, reading and writing. A new student will enjoy it here."
Free study for the first year of your Level 3 or above qualification may be available under the government’s fees-free study scheme. Visit feesfree.govt.nz for eligibility criteria and more information. Students must be eligible to study as a domestic student. Free study for Level 3 may be available for 16 to 24 year olds (Youth Guarantee). All free study is subject to funding confirmation. Proof of residency status required. Entry criteria, and some costs, may also apply. Eligibility for student allowances or student loans may vary. Contact StudyLink for more information.
Information is correct as at 29 November 2023. Programme fees are based on a full-time student and may vary depending on your final selection of courses that make up your programme. To provide you with an indication of costs, the approximate fees quoted in this publication are based on the indicative 2024 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2024 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2024 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here www.manukau.ac.nz/cssf. Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2024 are based on the 2023 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2024. All fees are in New Zealand Dollars. You will be advised of the current fees at the time of enrolment. All courses and programmes will proceed subject to numbers and academic approval. Manukau Institute of Technology is part of Te Pūkenga – New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. Te Pūkenga is accredited under the provisions of the Education and Training Act 2020. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.