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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3)


Course details

  • Jul 2023
    Feb 2024
  • 17 weeks
  • Full-time or Part-time
  • Fees-free for New Zealand residents and citizens (usually $3,570)*
  • Level 3
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme is for those wanting to gain the skills needed for tertiary study, training, and/or working in New Zealand. At this level, students will develop their oral and written English language skills, using more complex language in situations and environments such as an academic or workplace context. 

This programme is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) high B1.

Evening class options may be available. Please register your interest by 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
LANG300Level 3 (General) - Listening315 




LANG303Level 3 (General) -Speaking315 




LANG304Level 3 (General) - Reading315 





Level 3 (General) - Writing 315 




Career/further opportunities

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

  • Participation in face-to-face communication
  • Responsd to written instructions and informational texts
  • Production of simple, context-specific record-keeping 

This certificate builds on the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) and can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3). 

This certificate facilitates meeting the language requirements for other study or training programmes/courses at New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 3 or below.


Entry criteria

General admission

a) Candidates must be 16 years or older.
b) Candidates must have achieved NZCEL (Level 2); or
c) Have achieved a score of IELTS 4.5 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.

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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 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.

Students starting Semester 2 2023

Date: Monday 17 July 2023
Time: 11am-1pm
Venue: The Atrium, City Campus

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:

    New Zealand-based suppliers

    General book suppliers

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