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New Zealand Certificate in English Language – Level 1 International College of Auckland

New Zealand



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Course Description

The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL) Level 1 covers basic speaking, reading, writing and listening skills to equip students with the necessary practical language skills to begin function in an English language environment and meet basic needs. The course is equivalent to CEFR high A1 - low A2 and graduates are expected to complete the course with an English level equivalent to IELTS 3.0. The course is divided into four components: reading, writing, listening and speaking which are taught at the same time through a variety of topics.

Course Delivery

The certificate has 60 credits and is delivered over 16 weeks with a one week break. The majority of lessons will be delivered in the classroom and include a variety of activities such as practical tasks, class outings, writing tasks, and conversations. Students are also expected to complete 17 hours of independent study each week.

Study Pathway

NZCEL Level 1 leads to NZCEL Level 2.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study New Zealand Certificate in English Language – Level 1.

Full Time (Over 16 weeks with 1 week break; 60 credits)

Tuition fees

NZ$4,800.00 (2,14,559) per year


04 Jun, 16 Jul, 20 Aug, 24 Sep, 05 Nov


International College of Auckland

Level 5, 131 Queen Street,



1010, New Zealand

Entry requirement for international students

Students may be admitted to this programme:

  • providing they are 14 years of age or older
  • upon completing the Entry Test or Internal Test, demonstrating their suitability for this level, or upon completing the New Zealand Certificate Level 1 Foundation.

International College of Auckland*

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