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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4)

Level 4

Are you wanting to achieve the English Language Proficiency for entry into Diploma or Degree programmes? Is your current English proficiency just below the required level? Come and study English at UCOL!

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Quick info

Level: 4

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.

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) 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) can progress to further study at undergraduate level.

 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 4 is the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) or equivalent skills. 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 5. 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 4 comprises 60 credits.

This course is free of charge 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.