New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Foundation) (Level 1).xml New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Foundation) (Level 1)

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CertificateFull time - six months; part time available

Annual Fees(indicative 2018)

Programme code



$1,300 - $1,600


February, July


$ 9,270



Course related costs



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

13 January for February start; 23 June for July start


Christchurch - Madras Street and Timaru


The New Zealand Certificates in English comprise of six English language programmes from foundation beginner 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 full time 6 months and consists of 18 weeks of intensive learning.

Credit recognition

Credit recognition is available for this programme; if you have related skills, knowledge and/or experience, it may count towards part or even all of the qualification.

To learn more about credit recognition please see our Centre For Assessment of Prior Learning.

Programme structure

To complete this Certificate you are required to complete a minimum total of 60 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • This programme has open entry.
Alternative requirements
Additional requirements
English requirements
  • 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. Examples of current, valid evidence includes completed the New Zealand Certificates in English Language, English language achievement and unit standards, and recognised international English exams.

Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Selection criteria

When you apply, we will invite you to sit a placement test. Then we will offer you a place in a class at the correct language level for you.

The placement test covers listening, speaking, reading and writing, grammar and vocabulary. This also helps your teacher plan your class to help you with your language learning needs

Next steps

To apply for this programme please:

  • Complete an Admission and Enrolment Form and
  • Provide evidence of previous English language level assessment.

For more information the English Language Administrator.

Application documents

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.