New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General/Workplace/Academic) (Level 4)

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkaitahi aa Motu i te Reo Iingarangi (Ritenga/Waahi Mahi/Puumaatauranga) (Paewha)
Code WR3060
Level 4
Credits 60
Duration 1 semester
Domestic student fee $Free Fees option for all New Zealand residents.* (per year)
IntakesOn Demand
Study options Full-time, Part-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
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Information for international students

Tuition fee$390 per week
IntakesVarious
Minimum IELTSNot applicable
Duration (length of study)Various
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Programme aim

This qualification is intended for learners of English as an additional language, attending NZQA approved programmes delivered in Aotearoa New Zealand or off-shore.

Graduates will have the language skills required to communicate independently and effectively in familiar and some less familiar situations with fluency and flexibility in everyday/social/community, workplace and/or academic English language contexts.

This qualification is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B2. This qualification allows Aotearoa New Zealand community, employers and educational institutions to recognise the level at which the graduate can use English for general, workplace or academic purposes.

Award information

To achieve the award of theNew Zealand Certificate in English Language (General/Workplace/Academic) (Level 4), students must pass a total of 60 credits, including:

  • a minimum of 45 credits from the Core Courses; and
  • a maximum of 15 elective credits from a vocational course(s) that supports achievement of the graduate profile, subject to Head of Department approval.

To achieve the award of theNew Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 4)graduates must be able to use English relevant to everyday/social/community contexts to meet the outcomes.


To achieve the award of theNew Zealand Certificate in English Language (Workplace) (Level 4)graduates must be able to use English relevant to a workplace context to meet the outcomes.


To achieve the award of theNew Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)graduates must be able to use English relevant to an academic context to meet the outcomes and must achieve the mandatory unit standards.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates of this qualification will have the English language skills to:

  • understand main ideas and key supporting details of complex oral texts on familiar and sometimes unfamiliar topics;
  • read and understand complex texts with a large degree of independence on familiar and sometimes unfamiliar topics;
  • locate, organise and summarise important information in texts;
  • speak with fluency and spontaneity to communicate with some degree of elaboration in a range of familiar and unfamiliar contexts; and
  • write coherent texts appropriate to audience and purpose, with few linguistic errors in a range of text types, synthesising and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources.   

Included in the above students will have the skills to:

  • apply language-learning strategies to understand and respond to complex English; and
  • understand and practise cultural aspects embedded in complex English.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with Waiariki's Academic Regulations.  There are no English language entry requirements for this qualification, however applicants will be assessed on entry to determine current English language competencies.

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Core courses

(choose a minimum of 45 credits)

Course details
ENGL.4105 Language-learning Strategies for Complex English
Students will develop ability to apply language-learning strategies to understand and respond to complex English.
Credits 5 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.4206 Cultural Aspects of Complex English
Students will develop ability to understand and respond to cultural aspects of complex English.
Credits 10 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.4401 Summarising and Presenting Complex
Students will develop ability to understand and present information, on topics which may be familiar or unfamiliar, in complex English for general, workplace or academic contexts.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.4402 Evaluating and Responding to Ideas in Complex English
Students will evaluate and respond to ideas from texts written in complex English, on both familiar and unfamiliar topics, for general, workplace or academic contexts.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.4403 Complex English for Practical Purposes
Students will understand and produce complex English for practical purposes, on familiar and unfamiliar topics, in general, workplace or academic contexts.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.4404 Synthesising and Evaluating Arguments in English
Students will evaluate, synthesise and use ideas from a range of extended texts in complex English for general, workplace or academic contexts.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand

Elective courses

A maximum of 15 elective credits from a vocational course(s) that supports achievement of the graduate profile, subject to Head of Department approval.


*Course cost: Standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the International Programmes and Tuition Fees information page.

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017