NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)

Study Options



16 weeks


Level 1 Foundation - Level 5

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The EIT | Te Pūkenga English Language Centre has established a reputation for excellence for teaching international learners and new immigrants. EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a range of programmes to meet your needs for general language development and for preparing you for further study.

Study general or academic English and get a nationally recognised qualification. Study may be classroom based or in the language lab and include off-site visits, giving you the opportunity to live the language.


NZCEL Level 1 Foundation, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 General, Level 4 General

There are two entry dates per year:

  • 11 February
  • 22 July

NZCEL Level 3 Academic, Level 4 Academic, Level 5 Academic

There are two entry dates per year:

  • 11 February
  • 22 July

Your future career and study opportunities

Learners who complete and pass an NZCEL programme will have earned 60 credits on a nationally recognised qualification.

Learners who take the academic strand at NZCEL Level 3 and above will have access to mainstream programmes at EIT | Te Pūkenga and some other New Zealand tertiary providers. The options open to you will be dependent on your NZCEL level.


Entry requirements

Entry with credit


Study general or academic English and get a nationally recognised qualification.

Subject areas include:

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Vocabulary development
  • Options of specialisation of General/Academic subjects from Level 3 upwards

You will have access to a language laboratory, library facilities and computer suites to support your learning.  One-to-one tutorials are an integral part of the course in order for you and your tutor to monitor progress.  You can also sign up for further help at the library or with our International Mentor if required.

Courses on offer

Course availability is dependent upon number of enrolments.

Qualification courses

Non-qualification courses

Community English

IELTS preparation

Academic learning services

Academic Learning Services is here to assist you on your journey towards the successful completion of your studies at EIT | Te Pūkenga. Our aim is for you to become confident, competent and independent learners.

We have dedicated advisors who can assist with your learning.

Find out more:

Hawke’s Bay Campus

Auckland Campus


EIT | Te Pūkenga offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT | Te Pūkenga scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT | Te Pūkenga or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT | Te Pūkenga to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.