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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) (Offshore) (Online)

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) (Offshore)


Course details

  • 16 weeks
  • Full-time
  • $5,508* NZD
  • Level 3
  • Online delivery

This qualification is for international students based overseas only.
If you are an international or a domestic student based in New Zealand, please go to New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) for the on-campus delivery option.

Please note this programme is currently not available. For expressions of interest, please get in touch with us by email.


This programme is for international students based overseas who are wanting a formal qualification for further tertiary study, training, and/or working in New Zealand. Delivered online, students will develop oral and written English language skills to understand and use more complex language in an academic context.

This programme is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) low B2.

For more information about this course, please email

View programme modules

Note: no value in the pre/co-requisite columns means there are no pre/co-requisites for that module.

Module code Module name LevelCredits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
LANG320Introduction to Reading and Writing315 LANG321
LANG321 Introduction to Listening and Speaking315 LANG320
LANG322 Developing Reading and Writing315 LANG320
LANG323 Developing Listening and Speaking 315 LANG320

Career/further opportunities

Graduates of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) (Offshore) (Online) will have the English language skills to work in positions that require:

  • Participation in face-to-face interpersonal communication
  • Respond to basic, context-specific texts
  • Production of simple, context-specific record-keeping 

This certificate builds on the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3) (Offshore) (Online) and can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) (Offshore) (Online).

Additionally, this qualification facilitates meeting the language requirements for other study or training programmes/courses at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 4 or below.


Entry criteria

General admission

a) Candidates must be 16 years or older.
b) Candidates must have achieved NZCEL (General) (Level 3); or
c) Have achieved a score of IELTS 5.0 across all bands, or equivalent; or
d) Candidates must take part in a selection interview and will be required to take a placement test to determine their current English Language level and learning goals.

Selection criteria

Candidates must demonstrate a reasonable chance of success in the programme.

Don't meet the entry criteria?


International Offshore English Language Pathways

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

Before you start

Technology requirements

All students will need to join lessons each day using Zoom. If you do not already have the Zoom app on your device, you can download it here. It is recommended that you use either a laptop or PC with a 13” screen (or larger). You can use tablet devices for the lessons, but mobile phones are not recommended. Your device needs to have a video camera, a microphone, and headphones so that you can communicate with your teacher and the other students during the lessons. It would be best to make sure that any portable devices are fully charged, as there will be four hours of online teaching and learning each day.


All online NZCEL courses use Moodle for lesson materials, student information, discussions, assessments, and other important information. Your teacher will enrol you in your Moodle course as soon as your enrolment is completed.

Preparing for study

Each online NZCEL course is 18 weeks long, with a two-week study break in the middle. Before your course starts, we recommend that you have access to a dictionary (you may use electronic dictionaries in class but not for assessments). Make sure that you keep all your lesson notes organised, and you know where to find them.

You will be studying Monday to Friday, so it is important that your study area is somewhere quiet and comfortable. Think about where you can study best and spend a few hours in that space before the first class to make sure that it is suitable.

Study hours

Each NZCEL programme requires 600 hours of study in total. Online NZCEL programmes have 20 hours of face-to-face study every week for 18 weeks (320 hours total). In addition, you are expected to do a further 17.5 hours of independent study every week (280 hours total). It is important that you complete all the independent study hours to have a good chance of success in your programme.

Class times

Online classes are five days a week, every week, from Monday to Friday. The morning classes (1pm-3pm NZST) focus on reading and writing skills, and the afternoon classes (4pm-6pm NZST) focus on listening and speaking skills. It is important that you are on time for each class, as it is difficult for teachers to admit a student into class on Zoom after the lesson has already started.


Attendance of all students is checked daily on an hourly basis. Wintec requires regular attendance. Students who do not attend class regularly will be interviewed by the Team Manager to understand why they are absent and may be given a warning letter. Students who arrive late to class will be marked absent for that hour.  


It would be best if you informed your teacher in advance of any planned absence from class. If you are away sick for a day, you should ask for a medical certificate from your doctor and give it to your teacher when you return to class. Any unexplained absences will be marked as ‘absent without reason'. 


Assessments used in the online programme include assignments (completed by students outside of class), tests (completed in class under supervised test conditions), oral presentations (a presentation done live on Zoom in front of the teacher and other students), and/or research reports (longer pieces of writing completed over a few weeks). You will have a resit or resubmission opportunity for each assessment that you do not achieve at the first attempt. Some assessments will take place during the programme. There will be final tests and resits in the final week of the programme (week 18).


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