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

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

Level 3

Gain the English language skills you need to embark on further study and improve your IELTS or TOEFL score with the New Zealand Certificate in English (Level 3) (General) at UCOL.

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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.

UCOL’s very experienced and highly qualified tutors will help you to improve your English for daily life, work and/or study, enabling you to become an active learner inside and outside the classroom.

Graduates will gain the language skills required to communicate in most situations with some independence and fluency in order to participate in everyday/social/community, workplace and/or academic English language contexts. This qualification is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B1.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

 Course Information

This programme comprises 60 credits. 

Reading Level 3 G (15 Credits)
Learn to to read, understand and provide a response to a range of texts (graded readers, articles) on familiar topics.

Writing Level 3 G (15 Credits)
Learn to to write comprehensible, connected texts for familiar and predictable purposes (book reviews, letters) with reasonable linguistic accuracy.

Listening Level 3 G (15 Credits)
Learn to understand the main points and key supporting detail in extended oral interaction (conversations, interviews) on a range of familiar topics.

Speaking Level 3 G (15 Credits)
Learn to speak with some coherence, fluency and confidence to exchange personal information and opinions on familiar topics.

Previous Related Programmes

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (General) supersedes and takes the best from the following programme of study, which is no longer offered:

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3)

 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) (General) is the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) or equivalent skills and knowledge such as IELTS 4.5 (or equivalent including TOEFL).  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. A diagnostic test to identify your level may be used.

 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.