Otago Polytechnic

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



Up to 17 weeks full-time; part-time options available (Dunedin) | 16 weeks full-time (Auckland)

On campus 

Dunedin: February, July and September
Auckland: January, February, March, April, June, August, September, October and November
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 January 2020
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    10 February 2020
    9 March 2020 - 20 March 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    23 March 2020
    18 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    20 April 2020
    18 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    1 June 2020
    24 July 2020 - 10 August 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    29 June 2020
    27 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    10 August 2020
    2 October 2020 - 19 October 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 September 2020
    5 October 2020 - 16 October 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    19 October 2020
    11 December 2020 - 11 January 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 November 2020
    14 December 2020 - 8 January 2021
  • Dunedin
    28 September 2020
    21 December 2020 - 1 January 2021
  • Dunedin
    20 July 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    11 January 2021
    8 March 2021 - 19 March 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    22 March 2021
    17 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    11 October 2021 - 22 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 October 2021
    20 December 2021 - 7 January 2022
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021

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.

At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic. Auckland study block dates > 

Entry requirements

Onshore international and domestic students studying in Dunedin 

  • We will test you and place you at the right level when you arrive. You may not be enrolled into the Certificate level that you apply for.
  • Alternatively, you can provide:

Offshore international students studying in Dunedin 

All students studying at the Auckland International Campus (OPAIC)

At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is delivered through Future Skills Academy in a sub-contract arrangement between Otago Polytechnic and Future Skills.

  • The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) is only offered to students who intend to study a Level 7 programme at the Auckland International Campus. 
  • You must provide:
  • We will test you when you arrive to ensure that we offer you the correct level of English tuition. 

*Subject to final approval. This criteria is based on the Level 7 programme entry criteria of IELTS 6.0 - which students are expected to reach upon completion of New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4).  

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 on familiar and unfamiliar topics
  • participate effectively in sustained, spoken academic discourse
  • write detailed, well developed and moderately complex academic texts
Your workload

If studying at our Dunedin Campus 

  • 20-22 hours a week in class, guided by your teacher
  • 10-14 hours a week for self-directed study

If studying at our Auckland International Campus 

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.

Additional costs

You will need to buy the course textbook. This will be available from your lecturer for a discounted price of $90.00.

Next step

This programme prepares you for further study in our certificate, diploma and degree programmes.

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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