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



Up to 17 weeks full-time; part-time options available

On campus

February and July
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022

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 speakers who can already use intermediate-level English in everyday settings but want to improve their English for study or work. 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.

Entry requirements
COVID-19 vaccination information
  • As this programme is delivered on campus/on-site, you will need to provide us with a valid My Vaccine Pass before 1 February 2022 if you want to study with us.
  • All locations where our teaching occurs face-to-face are classed as an Otago Polytechnic site.
  • You will be asked to provide us with your My Vaccine Pass during your application and enrolment process.
  • In exceptional circumstances, exemptions may be granted to this. You can find out more about this in our vaccination policy. If you think you have grounds to be exempt from our vaccination requirements, please email   

You can find more information about our vaccination requirements here. And, if you still have further questions, please visit our FAQs page which you can find here.

What you will learn

When you complete this programme you will be able to:

  • understand the main points and details of spoken and written information on familiar topics
  • speak with confidence about familiar topics
  • write about familiar topics in a way that is easy to understand.
Your workload
  • 22 hours a week in class, guided by your teacher
  • 10-14 hours a week for self-directed study
Additional Costs

You will need to buy the course textbook at the start of your course. This will be available from your lecturer for a discounted price of $60.00. 

Next step

You can enrol in other certificate programmes, but we recommend that you complete New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4).

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful. 


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.

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