New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3)

Programme highlights

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 Aotearoa New Zealand community, employers and educational institutions to recognise the level at which you can use English for general or academic purposes.

Key facts

Start Month(s) February, May, July, October
Study Location(s) MIT Otara
Level 3
Domestic fees $3,200 (approx.)
Youth Guarantee (fees-free*) Not available
Programme Code NZ3667

19 weeks (20 hours per week)

Study Method Full-time
Credits 60
International Fees NZD$5,280 (approx.)
Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship (fees-free*) Not available
Qualification New Zealand Certificate

Entry requirements

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
  • Achieve a score of 70 - 74 or higher in the online diagnostic test; 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 done accordingly.

General requirements:  

  • 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.

Provisional entry

Students who have attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the minimum entry requirements for a programme will be eligible to be enrolled as a student where their previous educational, work or life experience indicates they have a reasonable likelihood of success. Students who have not attained the age of 20 years and do not hold the required minimum entry requirements for a programme may also be eligible to enrol in exceptional circumstances. Such decisions will be made by the Director/Head of School.

International students

Test your English level to help you plan.

Take our free online English test to get a basic indication of your English level. This will help you understand what programmes you can apply for and what preparation you may require before you start your programme of study.


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Career opportunities

Graduates of this certificate will have the English language skills to work in positions that require more complex language.

Programme structure

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.

Key dates

To find the start date of your programme intake listed above, please view the languages calendar.

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 Culinary, Hospitality and Baking, Engineering and Trades, and Business Administration.

Information is correct as at October 2019. 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 2020 fee structure. The indicative programme fees for 2020 do not include the Compulsory Student Services Fee (CSSF). The CSSF is an additional levy to your 2020 programme or course fees. Further information about the CSSF can be found here Programmes stated as eligible for free study in 2020 are based on the 2019 fee structure and subject to funding confirmation for 2020. 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 accredited under the provisions of the Education Act 1989. International students must study in class and will not be able to enrol for online study options.