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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) (Academic)

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) (Academic)

Level 5

Learn to communicate with fluency and flexibility with UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5).

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Quick info

Level: 5

Locations: UCOL Manawatū in Palmerston North

Duration: 19 weeks

21 Feb 2022 - 01 Jul 2022
25 Jul 2022 - 02 Dec 2022

Domestic Fees: *
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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.

You'll study reading, writing, listening and speaking at an advanced level to support you to communicate with fluency and flexibility in professional and academic contexts.

Education pathways

This Certificate builds on UCOL's other English language programmes, including:

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 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Understand the main ideas of complex spoken conversations
  • Speak with fluency and spontaneity to communicate information, ideas and thoughts in extended conversations
  • Use communication and language skills to confidently participate in discussions 
  • Read and understand complex texts
  • Summarise and synthesise information
  • Write relevant, extended, well-crafted, logically structured information that is targeted at your audience, incorporates, evaluates and applies information and arguments from a range of sources.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 5 (NZCEL L5) and Bachelor of Nursing

The Level 5 programme has been added to UCOL's already popular suite of English Language programmes.  

Successful completion of NZCEL L5 meets the English Language entry requirements for UCOL's Bachelor of Nursing, and gives students the opportunity to be fully immersed into English Language in New Zealand, making them more prepared for their studies and placements. 

NZCEL L5 is equivalent to IELTS 6.5, with no band score lower than 6.0.  This allows students entry into Post-graduate Diplomas and certificates (Level 8), Bachelors and Honours Degrees (Level 8), as well as Master's Degrees (Level 9), and Doctoral Degrees (Level 10).  

 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 5) is the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) (Academic) or equivalent skills such as IELTS 6.0. 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

UCOL's New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) comprises 60 Credits.


*Subject to NZQA approval and accreditation.