New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5)

Suitable for you if you are an upper-intermediate English speaker. This course will help you progress into advanced academic studies. You will also further grow your confidence in your English speaking ability.


*Approximate full qualification tuition fee


16 Weeks Full-time
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
On campus

What You Study


This qualification is made up of four courses in reading, writing, speaking and listening. All courses are compulsory and will be studied at the same time. Within each of these skills, complex grammatical structures, tenses and vocabulary for specific purposes will be utilised.

Reading (15 credits) 

Gain an understanding of the organisation of academic/specialised texts in order to locate specific information, take notes, summarise and differentiate between fact and opinion.

Writing (15 credits) 

Learn how to produce crafted texts for specified audiences in academic or professional contexts, including discursive essays, research reports and business cases.

Speaking (15 credits) 

Discover how to speak on a range of academic/professional topics within academic and/or professional contexts and to be capable of sustaining discourse on a particular topic.

Listening (15 credits) 

Demonstrate an understanding of spoken texts and learn how to process information for academic and/or professional purposes.

What will I learn?

Graduates of this qualification will have the English language skills to work in positions that require:

  • complex interpersonal communication
  • understanding of complex, context-specific professional and/or technical texts
  • writing of complex, context-specific communications
  • full participation, interaction and initiative in a team. 

This qualification is designed to equip you with the English language skills to enable you to seek professional registration with regulatory standard bodies.  

Further study options

When you finish this Level 5 certificate, you'll be able to apply for programmes that are quite advanced and/or specialise in a particular field of study. This includes most postgraduate programmes.


Your workload  

You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per Study Block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study. 


Entry requirements

You must:

  • be 16 years of age or older on January 1st in the year that you enrol, unless approved otherwise by the Programme Leader
  • reasonably expect to achieve the standards required for successful completion of the programme or course.
  • If English is not your first language, you must provide:
  • Students will be tested upon arrival to ensure that the correct level of English tuition is offered.
  • This criteria is based on the postgraduate programme entry criteria of IELTS 6.5 - which students are expected to reach upon completion of New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5).
English pathway

International students can study the New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 4 if they do not meet the entry requirements for this programme. 

Please note: This programme is not available for domestic students.

Want your existing skills recognised?

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, please ask us about our recognition of prior learning process. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification and could achieve it in a shorter timeframe. Please email or call 0800 762 786.

Please note: there are conditions and limitations regarding recognition of prior learning for this qualification. 


Domestic fees

International fees

Full tuition

Tuition fees

The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied.

Get in touch

0800 762 786
International +64 3 477 3014