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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)


Course details

  • Jul 2024
    Feb 2025
  • 17 weeks
  • Full-time
  • Fees-free for New Zealand residents and citizens (usually $3,670)*
  • Level 4
  • Available for International Students. International Fee Guideline
  • Hamilton City Campus


This programme will prepare students for higher tertiary study or training in New Zealand. Students will enhance their already proficient oral and written English language skills to understand and use more complex language in academic and workplace contexts, and for most situations in wider life.

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

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
LANG450Level 4 (Academic) - Listening 415 





LANG451Level 4 (Academic) - Speaking 415 





LANG452Level 4 (Academic) - Reading415 






Level 4 (Academic) - Writing415 





Career/further opportunities

Graduates will have the English language skills to work in positions that require:

  • Strong interpersonal skills and complex communication
  • Understanding of context-specific texts of a more academic nature
  • Writing records and reports to a high standard
  • Interaction in a team 

This certificate builds on the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) and can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5).

This certificate may facilitate meeting the language requirements for many vocational and undergraduate programmes/courses and specialised fields of study requiring lower and/or New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 5 for entrance depending on the focus of the programme leading to this qualification.


Entry criteria

General admission

a) Candidates must be 16 years or older.
b) Candidates must have achieved NZCEL (Applied) (Level 3); or
c) Have achieved a score of IELTS 5.5 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 direct 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.

Semester 2 2024

Date: Monday 22 July 2024
Time: 11am
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 - payment and permits may be required. The Gardens Campus has free parking available. Learn more about parking and find out about 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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    Prospectus (course guide)

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