Otago Polytechnic

Level 2 Primary Industry Skills plus English Language


Central Otago


On campus and at a local horticultural or agricultural farms

Fruit Production: 23 November 2020 - 30 April 2021
Dairy, Sheep and Beef Farming: 28 April - 18 December 2020
This programme allows you to improve your English language skills and get hands-on experience working in either fruit production, dairy farming or sheep and beef farming. 

You could be involved in the cherry or grape harvest, lambing operations or milking dairy cows - depending on the area you're studying. 

The programme content is formed from key units of learning used throughout the New Zealand horticulture, viticulture and agriculture industry. The learning is supported by industry who recognise the importance of a practically-skilled workforce. This means that you will be well-prepared to work as the knowledge and skills you gain are industry-relevant and up-to-date.

Graduates will achieve the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) and an English Language participation certificate.  

Entry requirements
  • This programme has open entry and is only available to international students.
  • You must supply us with certified proof of identity. 
You will study
Fruit Production strand 

This programme runs from November - April and includes a placement in the cherry and wine industry. 

  • Early in the programme you will take part in English Language classes and study horticulture - primarily fruit production.  This part of the programme prepares you for study and ensures you learn health and safety in a New Zealand context.
  • Following the early part of the programme you will be introduced to increased levels of English language and technical studies. Field trips are part of this phase of the programme. During this period we will be preparing you for work experience.
  • In the first part of the programme you will participate in the fruit and wine industry and build technical English ability. Towards the end of the programme you will be involved in reflecting on your English and technical studies.
Dairy/Sheep and Beef Farming strand

This programme runs from late April - December and includes a placement on a dairy farm, or a sheep or beef farm/

  • When you arrive into the programme you will initially build functional English capability to ensure you are prepared for study. At this time you will learn health and safety skills in a New Zealand context.
  • Following the preparation phase, you will be introduced to increasing levels of English language and technical studies as your capability grows. The technical classes at this stage informs the English programmes. Field trips and preparation for the work placement are important parts of this stage.
  • The final part of the programme is dedicated to building industry skills through work placement and contextual English. This stage of the programme is more 'hands-on' and applied in nature.

At the end of the programme, you will return to class for review, reflection and graduation before returning home in time for Christmas. 

English language

You will develop your English language reading, writing, speaking and listening skills during this programme. You will gain knowledge across a small range of topics relating to technical, industry-specific language, community services and resources, including some aspects of employment and education. The content will be tailored to suit your needs and your specific programme. There is a key focus on technical English related t the context of the programme.

Programme completion 

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2) and an English Language certificate.  


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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