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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3)

Level 3

Is English not your first language? You can 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 at UCOL.

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Quick info

Level: 3

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 18 weeks, full-time

19 Feb 2018 - 22 Jun 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 23 Nov 2018

Domestic Fees:*
Nil fees

Find out if you're eligible for fees-free study

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.

Education pathway

Graduates who wish to further specialise can enrol in:

 Course Information

  • Reading 
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

 Student & Staff Profiles

 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

The Academic Requirement for entry into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language, Level 3 is the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) or equivalent skills and knowledge. 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

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, international student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 4. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

 Advice & Guidance

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

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language, Level 2 comprises 60 credits.

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