New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Professional/Academic) (Level 5)

Programme details

Translation Te Pōkaitahi aa Motu i te Reo Iingarangi (Ritenga/Waahi Mahi/Puumaatauranga) (Paerima)
Code NZ1884
Level 5
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 candidates 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 a wide range of familiar and unfamiliar situations with fluency and flexibility in professional and/or academic English language contexts. This qualification is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) C1.

This qualification allows Aotearoa New Zealand community, employers and educational institutions to recognise the level at which the graduate can use English for professional or academic purposes.

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Professional/Academic) (Level 5), 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 the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Professional) (Level 5) graduates must be able to use English relevant to a professional context to meet the outcomes.


To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) graduates must be able to use English relevant to an academic context to meet the outcomes.

Knowledge and skills you will gain

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

  • understand the main ideas of complex spoken texts on both concrete and abstract topics;
  • speak with fluency and spontaneity to communicate information, ideas and thoughts in extended discourse on a range of familiar and unfamiliar topics;
  • use appropriate skills and language to manage interactions in a wide range of formal and informal settings;
  • read and understand complex texts independently on familiar and unfamiliar topics;
  • summarise and synthesise information across a range of complex texts for a specific purpose; and
  • write extended, crafted, logically structured, coherent texts appropriate to audience and purpose, synthesising, evaluating and applying information and arguments from a range of sources.

Included in the above students will have the skills to:

  • apply language-learning strategies for understanding and responding in Plain English; and
  • understand and practise cultural aspects embedded in Plain English.

Entry criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with Waiāriki'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.5105 Plain English for Professional and Academic Contexts
Students will develop ability to apply language-learning strategies for understanding and responding in Plain English.
Credits 5 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.5206 Global English for Professional and Academic Contexts
Students will develop ability to understand and respond to English with cultural appropriacy in a global context.
Credits 10 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.5401 Communicating Independently in English
Students will develop ability to use information and ideas from less familiar sources to produce insightful, well-designed and coherent professional or academic work in complex English.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.5402 Engaging in Extensive Discourse in English
Students will develop skills in using complex English to accurately and efficiently integrate familiar information and ideas into a range of professional or academic texts.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.5403 Communicating in a Wide Range of Professional or Academic Situations
Students will develop ability to prioritise and synthesise information in complex English from a range of less familiar extended sources.
Credits 15 Intakes On Demand
ENGL.5404 Managing Complex Language Situations in English
Students will develop ability to assess and adapt viewpoints to respond appropriately and achieve specific outcomes in a range of informal interactions, whether professional or academic.
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