Level 3

Learn English language skills for the workplace or further study

Improve your English language skills and learn how to speak more confidently and write in clear sentences.

Programme highlights

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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.


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Programme structure

Programme structure

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.

Careers and pathways

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).

Career opportunities

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.

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.