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

Extend your English language skills and get ready to study the course of your choice.

This course is for learners who wish to pursue further academic study in an English language medium. This course is free for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

You'll learn the language skills required to communicate independently and effectively in familiar and less-familiar academic situations with fluency and flexibility. Level 4 (Academic) graduates usually meet the English requirements to enrol in our diploma and degree courses at levels 6 and 7.

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

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 4 (Academic)
  • Connection 4 (Academic)
  • Community 4 (Academic)
  • Concepts 4 (Academic)


Planned intakes*: February, July, Various
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 successfully completing the requirements you'll receive:

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

Career Opportunities

This course is intended for students of English as an additional language, who wish to enrol in an NZQA-approved course in Aotearoa New Zealand, rather than a direct pathway to employment.

Graduates of this course will have the English language skills to work in employment that involves:

  • interpersonal communication,
  • understanding of context-specific texts of a more academic nature,
  • writing records and reports, and
  • interaction in a team.

Entry Criteria

  • Completion of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3), OR
  • English Language Proficiency placement test

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.

English Competency

Level 8 Post-graduate Diploma or Post-graduate Certificate at Level 8, Bachelor Honours Degree at Level 8, Master’s Degree at Level 9, Doctoral Degree at Level 10 IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L5 with the Academic or Professional Endorsement or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013.

For domestic applicants for whom English is not their first language, evidence of language competency may be required.