QualificationNew Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3)Programme code: NZ1882
Learn intermediate English language skills, whether you're a local or international student, and apply them to familiar topics.
Begin to develop the skills to understand the main points in conversations and keep a conversation going.
Read and understand a range of texts and write paragraphs, with reasonable accuracy.
This qualification allows Aotearoa New Zealand community, employers and educational institutions to recognise the level at which you can use English for general purposes.
You may be required to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of this programme.
Applicants must meet the following entry criteria:
- Have New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2); or
- Provide evidence of an overall IELTS (Academic) band score of 4.5; or
- A level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) mid B1.
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.
Give yourself credit with Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
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You will need to complete the below four courses (60 credits):
843.327 General reading and writing 1 (15 credits)
Read and understand a range of texts on familiar topics and to write texts on familiar topics.
843.328 General reading and writing 2 (15 credits)
Read and understand a range of texts on reasonably familiar topics and to write texts on reasonably familiar topics.
844.333 General speaking and listening 1 (15 credits)
Listen and understand the main ideas in oral texts and participate in spoken interactions on familiar topics.
844.334 General speaking and listening 2 (15 credits)
Listen and understand the main ideas in oral texts and participate in spoken interactions on reasonably familiar topics.
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 (Level 2) and can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (Applied).
Graduates of this certificate will have the English language skills to work in positions that require face to face interpersonal communication, understanding of basic texts, simple record-keeping and interaction in a supervised team.
“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 21 September 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 2023 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2023 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2023 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 2023 are based on the 2022 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2023. 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 Pukenga 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.