New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)

Perfect if you are an upper-intermediate English speaker. You will further enhance your English skills for professional or academic purposes. You can go from here into most of our advanced tertiary programmes.

About the programme

Want to improve your English skills?

Study English at Otago Polytechnic to prepare for further study, make new friends and experience New Zealand culture.

When you study with us you will:

  • learn English from teachers who are very patient and understanding
  • work in small groups to practise your speaking
  • meet native speakers and listen to guest speakers
  • gain study skills through self-directed learning and group work.

This Certificate is for upper-intermediate English speakers who want to do further English-language or subject study in an academic context. It is a nationally-recognised qualification. It can lead to academic study at Otago Polytechnic, or you can use it to transfer to other study institutes in New Zealand.

Studying part-time 

We know full-time study isn't always possible. We have part-time options for this programme available - talk to us about what will suit you best.

When you finish this programme you will be able to:

  • understand the main ideas and key supporting details of quite complex spoken and written information on familiar and unfamiliar topics
  • take part effectively in sustained, spoken academic conversation
  • write detailed, well-developed and quite complex academic texts.

Study options after English

This programme prepares you for further study in our certificate, diploma and degree programmes. Find out more information here.

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.

Disclaimer

While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.