New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3)

Polish your English language skills and get ready to study the programme of your choice.

The aim of this free Level 3 programme is to provide you with an opportunity to increase your literacy, language and numeracy competence so that you can achieve your goals, and to support entry to the programme of your choice. Programme information for international students

You’ll go on field trips throughout the local area to help boost your confidence so you can fully participate in New Zealand society.

Level 3 graduates will meet the English requirements to enrol in most of our certificate programmes.

Content Details

You’ll take a range of courses focusing on:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving

Numeracy and communication technology are also woven throughout the programme in an everyday context.

The programme includes field trips to enable you to become familiar with our local area and to provide you with the opportunity to practice English in everyday situations outside of the classroom environment.

You will also have the opportunity to spend some time in other programmes of study and vocational activities.

This programme has 4 courses:

  • Intermediate English 1 (ESOL)
  • Intermediate English 2 (ESOL)
  • Intermediate English 3 (ESOL)
  • Intermediate English 4 (ESOL)


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.

Classes are usually held 9.00am-3.00pm, Tuesday to Friday.

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

Indicative Fees

2017 domestic students fees-free

2017 international students $6,628.00

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 (Level 3)

Study Pathways

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology Pathways

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (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.