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

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

Level 4

If you need to improve your English to study at Diploma or Degree level, join UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) (Academic).

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Quick info

Level: 4

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 18 weeks, full-time

21 Feb 2022 - 24 Jun 2022
25 Jul 2022 - 25 Nov 2022
05 Sep 2022 - 27 Jan 2023

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.

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) (Academic) will provide students with the language skills needed to communicate independently and effectively in familiar and some less familiar situations with fluency and flexibility 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) B2.

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful graduates of UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) (Academic) can progress to further study at undergraduate level.

 Course Information

This programme comprises 60 credits.

Reading Level 4 (15 Credits)
Learn to read and understand extended or complex texts (fiction and non-fiction) with a large degree of independence on familiar topics.

Writing Level 4 (15 Credits)
Learn to write coherent texts appropriate to audience and purpose with few linguistic errors for a variety of purposes on familiar topics.

Listening Level 4 (15 Credits)
Learn to identify main ideas and some key supporting details expressed in extended speech in a range of familiar contexts.

Speaking Level 4 (15 Credits)
Learn to speak with fluency and with some degree of elaboration in a range of 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 4) (Academic) is the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) (Applied) or equivalent skills such as IELTS 5.5. 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 of charge 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.