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

Polish your English language skills and get ready to study the course of your choice. This language course is free for New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.

The aim of this Level 3 course is to help you increase your literacy, language and numeracy. It also helps you get into other courses you may want to apply for.

You gain the skills to communicate in most situations with some independence and fluency. This could be in social, community, workplace and/or academic English language settings.

Level 3 graduates will meet the English requirements to enrol in most of our certificate courses. This qualification is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B1.

Our English language courses are available at different levels. You will go through some testing to work out which one is best for you.

This qualification is intended for students of English as an additional language, and who are attending NZQA-approved courses delivered in Aotearoa New Zealand or off-shore.

Content Details

The course will focus on:

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

Topics in this course include:

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


Planned intakes*: February, July
Delivery modes: Full-time
Locations*: Rotorua (Mokoia 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

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 the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied ) (Level 3)

Career Opportunities

Positions that require:

  • face-to-face interpersonal communication
  • response to basic, context-specific texts
  • production of simple, context-specific record-keeping

Entry Criteria

You must have either completed:

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) (Level 3), OR an
  • English Language Proficiency placement test


International applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to show evidence of language competency, issued within the last two years, before being eligible to enrol in any non-English programme. The level of competency required is outlined in Rule 18 and Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme and Accreditation Rules 2013. And below under the title English Competency.

English Competency

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed NZ Certificate in English Language L3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, 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.