New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic)

Skill New Zealand Limited

Subject area

English for Speakers of Other Languages



15 Weeks

Total student fees


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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

This qualification is intended for candidates of English as an additional language, who wish to pursue academic study requiring high levels of English language competency.

Graduates will have the language skills required to communicate independently and effectively in a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar situations with fluency and flexibility in academic contexts.

This qualification is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) high B2.

This qualification allows educational institutions and professional bodies to recognise the level at which the graduate can use English for academic and/or professional purposes.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

There are no mandatory pre-requisites to meet regulatory, or legislative requirements for this qualification. However, international and domestic students must meet the following requirements: Domestic Students must be at least 16 years of age at the time of enrolment and start date of the programme. International students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrolment and start date of the programme. AND Produce evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to a Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2 Intermediate level. This can be any of the following: - IELTS Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 - TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14) - Cambridge English Qualifications B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill. - OET Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests - NZCEL Level 4 (Academic). International students must possess the appropriate New Zealand student visa and appropriate medical and travel insurance. If a prospective student cannot produce evidence of current English proficiency, Skill New Zealand will use their own placement test to assess and determine the student's entry level. Online students must have the necessary IT to actively participate in the teaching and learning. IT Technology minimum requirements are: AMD 3020e Processor 4GB RAM 128GB SSD Storage AMD Radeon Graphics Windows 11 Home in S mode 14" diagonal HD display Microsoft 365 for Windows

Detailed requirements

See provider website for more details about entry to this qualification.


15 Weeks

Tuition Fees

Annual Total qualification
Student fees
(what you pay)
$3,293 $3,293
Government tuition subsidy
(what the government pays)
$2,787 $2,787
Total $6,080 $6,080

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Student Success


National Graduate Outcomes

Outcomes for students who completed qualifications at the same level and in the same subject area, three years after completion:

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Phone: (09) 271 6106
Fax: (09) 271 6106

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