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

Do you need to improve your English language skills?

This course is for learners who wish to apply their English language proficiency for general communication. This course is free for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

You'll learn the general language skills required to communicate in most familiar situations with increasing independence and fluency.

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

We offer beginner to advanced English courses.  We'll assess your English when you enrol to decide the best level for you to study at.

* This course is pending approval.

Content Details

The course will focus on:

  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking
  • listening
  • critical thinking
  • problem solving

Topics in this course:

  • Communication 3 (General)
  • Connection 3 (General)
  • Community 3 (General)
  • Concepts 3 (General)


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time/part-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia Campus), Rotorua (Waipa Campus), Tauranga (Windermere Campus)
Duration: 1 semester

* subject to change. Intakes may vary between locations.

To see full details of the next available intake please visit the application form.

Indicative Fees

2018 domestic students fees free

2018 international students $390 per week

The fee shown for domestic students is applicable to New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. If an international fee is not listed above please refer to the international fees page. All fees are indicative only and subject to change.

You MAY be eligible for a StudyLink Student Loan for your tuition fees.

Find out if your programme qualifies by visiting the Studylink website.

If you also need to pay course related costs, i.e. if outlined in programme costs above, you need to apply separately to StudyLink (up to $1,000/academic year for eligible students). Note course related costs are paid directly into your bank account by StudyLink and you will be required to pay this to Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology.

Qualifications Gained

Upon successful completion of the programme you will receive:

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

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

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

Entry Criteria

  • Open entry

Applicants participate in orientation and placement tests to identify the most suitable level of study. This involves assessments of literacy and study skills; self-identification of strengths, weaknesses, and study readiness, as well as an interview with a course advisor.