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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 1)


Course details

  • Jul 2021
    Feb 2022
  • 17 weeks
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fees-free* for New Zealand residents and citizens
  • Level 1
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme is for those with minimal capability in English who wish to develop their basic English skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Students will learn the appropriate communication skills to use and understand simple English for everyday, familiar situations, and will develop their study skills through face-to-face, independent, and online learning.

This programme is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) A2.

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 1) offers the necessary language proficiency for entry into further English language programmes, usually NZCEL (Level 2).

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Module code Module name LevelCredits Pre-requisites Co-requisites
LANG110Level 1 - Listening115






LANG111Level 1 - Speaking115





LANG112Level 1 - Reading115






LANG113Level 1 - Writing115






Career/further opportunities

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 1) offers the necessary language proficiency for entry into further English language programmes, usually NZCEL (Level 2).


A range of study grants may be available for those domestic students learning English as a second language. For more information click here.


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Entry criteria

General academic admission

a) To be eligible for this programme, candidates must be 16 years or older, and must demonstrate appropriate language proficiency, as determined by the Centre for Languages in accordance with Wintec’s Academic Regulations. 

Selection criteria

a) Candidates must be 16 years or older. 
b) Candidates must have achieved NZCEL (Foundation) (Level 1)
c) 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. 
d) Candidates must demonstrate a reasonable chance of success in the programme. 

English language requirements

Placement in this programme will be determined by the Centre for Languages Placement Test according to language proficiency.

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English language pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at info@wintec.ac.nz or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

Your first day

Are you ready for your first day of class? Check out your start date and where you need to be. You can also find useful information about studying at Wintec on our welcome page.

What you will need

Timetable information

All Wintec timetables are available online here.

How to find your way around

Campus maps can be found here.

Parking and bus information

Both the Rotokauri and City campuses have parking available - permits are required. Learn more about parking and find out about discounted bus services here.

He reo pōwhiri  - Your official welcome to Wintec

Tēnei te mihi mahana ki a koe e piki nei, e kake nei ki te Kuratini o Waikato.

You are warmly invited to attend the official welcome to Wintec for all new students, staff and whānau (family) at either our marae, Te Kōpū Mānia o Kirikiriroa or Rotokauri campus. The pōwhiri is a welcoming ceremony involving mihimihi (speeches), waiata (singing), and will conclude with kai timotimo (light refreshments). Please gather at the campus hubs, and a staff member will guide you through our pōwhiri.

Click here to find out when the next pōwhiri will be.

Paying for your study

Course-related costs

Additional information


Purchasing textbooks

If your programme requires you to have access to textbooks, these can be purchased through a range of suppliers listed below:

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    General book suppliers

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