English language students standing outside the Wintec Atrium

English Language

The Wintec English language programmes are ideal for migrants and refugee, who wish to improve their opportunities in both work and study in New Zealand.

Students enter the programmes at a level that best corresponds to their current capability, and can progress all the way through the New Zealand Certificates in English Language. Students have the opportunity to take the IELTS, OET and Cambridge First exams, and following completion can continue on to study are Wintec or beyond, across a large array of programmes.

Our Programmes

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IELTS assesses all English skills including reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how students will use English at study, at work, and at play, in their new life abroad.

Wintec is a testing location for the IELTS test in Hamilton. Find information and test dates here.

Wintec also offers an IELTS preparation course to help students prepare for the test.

Cambridge English Exams

Wintec is an authorised centre to offer Cambridge English Language assessments. Click here to find out more about the Cambridge English Exam, and book a test. If students are interested in the Cambridge English Exam Preparation course, click here to find out more and book a place.

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Occupational English Test (OET)

Wintec is an official testing venue for Occupational English Test (OET). OET is the leading English language test specifically designed for healthcare professionals. Click here to find out about our OET preparation course.

The OET test:

  • Is designed to test the English language proficiency of health professionals in 12 specific fields
  • Is valid and reliable, developed and revised by subject experts
  • Tests reading, writing, listening and speaking skills using real healthcare scenarios
  • Ensures profession-specific English language skills to safeguard patient safety and quality of care

To register for the test visit: occupationalenglishtest.org and view OET test dates here.

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OET test dates

Test dates

  • Saturday 26 September 2020
  • Sunday 11 October 2020
  • Saturday 7 November 2020
  • Saturday 19 December 2020

*Closing dates: registrations close three weeks before the test date.


English language pathway diagram

Please check the entry criteria for each programme to see which course is the best level for you to begin with. The entry criteria information can be found on each of the programme pages here online. You can also contact us directly to discuss the appropriate level for you at info@wintec.ac.nz.

About the faculty

The Centre for Languages provides English programmes at all levels for students for whom English is a second or other language.

Permanent residents, new migrants and international students from a number of different countries, and spanning the ages of 16 to 80, take part in these programmes.

A priority for the centre has been to facilitate access to learning by making programmes as flexible as possible. This flexibility includes:

  • The use of ICT, multimedia and on-line resources
  • The incorporation of special interest topics
  • Academic, vocational and survival language options
  • ​Development of supported learning pathways into mainstream studies

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on a document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

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