NZQA accredited provider

Level 3


Programme Name: New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied)
Acronym: NZCEL
Specialised Area: English language (applied listening, speaking, reading and writing)
Programme Level: NZQF Level 3 (NZQA qualification number 3667)
NZQA accreditation listing
Programme Credits: 60 credits
Number of papers: 2 papers (30 credits for each paper)
Programme Length: 4-5 months
Tuition fee (International): $5,400
Tuition fee (Domestic): Please contact us

NZCEL Programme Aim

To equip learners of English as an additional language with the skills required to communicate with independence and fluency in academic, community and/or employment English language contexts within New Zealand and other English-speaking territories.

Graduate Profile

Graduates will possess the applied English language skills required to:

– understand moderately complex applied oral texts;
– participate confidently in applied discussions;
– analyse and conceptualise moderately complex applied texts;
– write well-structured applied work.

Graduate Options

Continue at EMS to study the New Zealand Certificate in Business (NZCB, Level 4).

Who Should Enrol?

  • International students who want to obtain a New Zealand qualification in applied English;
  • Students want to build a solid foundation for future academic excellence; 
  • Students who are interested in meeting the entry criteria for our NZCB Level 4 or NZDB Level 5 programme, or programmes of study offered elsewhere.

Entry Requirement

Applicants must possess:



  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (General) Level 3; or CEFR High B1;


  • Equivalent qualification/work experience and evidence of English skills (approved by EMS’ Academic and Quality Manager).

NZCEL Programme Structure

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) is a 60-credit programme, consisting of two compulsory 30-credit courses:

1. NZCEL 301 Applied Listening and Speaking (30 credits)

2. NZCEL 302 Applied Reading and Writing (30 credits)

Intake Schedule for the 2018 academic year

We offer three intakes per year. Our “intake clock” defines clearly the delivery activities we take in each week. It ensures that you are in control of your learning progression or any catch-up required. The remaining start date for the 2018 academic year is:

      • 22 October

Immigration New Zealand Work Rights

International students are required to hold a valid Immigration New Zealand Student visa.

For further information and enrolment details, please contact us: