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

For intermediate English speakers who want to do further English Language or subject study in an academic context.

About the programme

Want to improve your academic English Language skills?

This Certificate is for intermediate English speakers who want to do further English Language or subject study in an academic context. It is a nationally-recognised qualification. 

This programme can lead to academic study at Otago Polytechnic or you can use it to transfer to other study institutes in New Zealand. 

When you study English 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. 
Studying part-time 

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

What you will learn

When you complete this programme, you will be able to: 

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

What to study next

You could move into our New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) to keep improving your English skills for further study.

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.


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.