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Certificate in English Language (Foundation)

STARTS: February 2024
Madras Street
International Close Date: 13 January for February start; 23 June for July start

Learn English for very familiar, everyday situations.

The New Zealand Certificates in English comprise of eight English language programmes from foundation through to advanced level.

These programmes give you the language skills and knowledge useful for living and working in New Zealand.

The Foundation Level 1 programme enables learners to communicate with support in very basic, familiar and everyday situations.

This programme is available full time and consists of 18 weeks (6 months) of intensive learning. It is also available part-time over 36 weeks (12 months).

This programme has open entry.

There is no specific English language entry requirement as English level will be assessed through placement testing.

  • Applicants who present current and valid evidence of previous English language study will have this taken into account in placement decisions

The level of the programme in which the student enrols will be determined by an initial placement test.

  • Placement tests are held prior to the start of each semester and consist of a computer-based test of listening, grammar, reading and vocabulary, a written test and an interview
  • All applicants are offered a place in the appropriate level certificate

Funding assistance

If you face unexpected financial hardship during your studies, we have several funds that you can apply for. These are designed to enable you to continue your current course of study. We also have a wide range of scholarships and awards that can provide financial assistance.

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Career opportunities

Successful completion of this programme will give you the confidence to communicate effectively in the English language. From level 3 upwards, you may choose to study a workplace or professional qualifier, which may be used as evidence of English language level when seeking employment.

Study pathways

This certificate leads to further study at the next level.

Once you complete the certificate at level 3 or above you may meet the language requirements for other programmes of study.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Foundation)

FULL-TIME - 20 Weeks (Part-time options available)

Learn English for very familiar, everyday situations.

Type Certificate
Code NZ1879
Next Starts February 2024
Credits 60
Level 1
Available Part time Yes
May be eligible for Fees Free? Yes
Reference NZ1879-STRU
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Part Time - NZ Certificate in English Language (Foundation) - Feb 2024 - Christchurch
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Credit Recognition

If you have prior relevant experience or previous related study credits, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

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