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

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

Level 3

Increase your confidence and fluency in English with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (Applied).

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 18 weeks, full-time

21 Feb 2022 - 24 Jun 2022
25 Jul 2022 - 25 Nov 2022

Domestic Fees: *
$0 (Scholarships cover fees)Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

Learn to participate with increasing independence and fluency in academic community and/or employment English language contexts with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (Applied)

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

 Course Information

This programme comprises 60 credits.

Reading Level 3 A (15 Credits)
This course aims to enable students to read, understand and provide a response to a range of texts on reasonably familiar topics.

Writing Level 3 A (15 Credits)
This course aims to enable students to write comprehensible connected texts for familiar and predictable purposes (book reviews, letters) with reasonable linguistic accuracy relevant to the applied context.

Listening Level 3 A (15 Credits)
This course aims to enable students to understand the main points and and key supporting detail in extended oral interaction (conversations, interviews) on a range of familiar topics and reasonably familiar situations.

Speaking Level 3 A (15 Credits)
This course aims to enable students to speak with some coherence, fluency and confidence to exchange personal information and opinions on familiar topics.

 Learning Facilities

All students have access to the full range of UCOL’s on-site facilities such as the library, learning hubs, study areas, and computer labs.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

A diagnostic test to identify the level at which the student should begin studying may be used.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

The English language requirement for entry into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (Applied) is the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (General) or equivalent skills such as IELTS 5.0. A diagnostic test to identify your level may be used. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre.

 Advice & Guidance

All students are encouraged to access support and guidance to improve study, research and academic skills. 

This course is free for New Zealand domestic students and refugees.

ILN Refugee English funding
Note that a learner may only be re-enrolled in an ILN Refugee English funded provision for a period of three years. That is, enrolments/re-enrolments of an individual learner (in the same or different qualifications) may be non-consecutive, and the sum total duration of those enrolments/re-enrolments may be up to 36 months).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Applications for Recognition of Prior Learning, including Cross Credit, Credit Transfer and Assessment of Prior Learning may be made on the Recognition of Prior Learning Form where a student believes all learning outcomes for a course or unit standards have already been met.

Application checklist
It will make the process easier if you prepare evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme before you apply. Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.