Bridge International College

Bridge International College

NZCEL LEVEL 4 Academic

This qualification is intended for learners of English as an additional language, who wish to pursue further English language study in an academic context. Graduates will have the language skills required to communicate independently and effectively in familiar and some less familiar situations with fluency and flexibility in academic settings.

This qualification is at a level comparable to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Mid B2 (i.e. IELTS 6.0). This qualification allows educational institutions to make informed judgements regarding the level at which the graduate can use English for academic purposes.


  • 16-week programme.
  • There are two parts, Part A and Part B.
    • Part A is textbook-based. Students complete 5 units designed by ICL.
    • Part B is topic-based. Students complete 5 NZQA unit standards.
  • 25 hours per week, Monday to Friday (20 hours), plus 5 hours of compulsory workshops (face-to-face tutorials with course tutor).
  • Students are also expected to complete 12.5 hours of personal self-study per week.


  • Understand the main ideas and supporting details for oral academic texts of low to moderate complexity.
  • Moderate to effective participation in sustained spoken academic discourse.
  • Understand the main ideas and supporting details for written academic texts of low to moderate complexity.
  • Write modest academic texts of low to moderate complexity.


  • NZCEL Level 5 (Academic).
  • Meeting language requirements for undergraduates and graduate studies at ICL Graduate Business School and most New Zealand Universities.


  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Produce evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to a Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) Low B2. This may be demonstrated via a recognised English language testing system such as IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL, achievement in the NZCEL Level 3 Applied (academic), or achieving an appropriate score on Bridge’s IEPT*
  • Possess the appropriate student visa.

*Where a prospective student for the NZCEL Level 4 programme cannot produce evidence of current English proficiency. Bridge will use its own Internal English Proficiency Test (IEPT) to assess and determine the student’s entry level.

NZCEL Level 4 classes are from Monday to Friday, 20 class hours per week + 5 hours of workshops.

Lesson 1 120 Min
Break 20 Min
Lesson 2 100 Min
Break 30 Min
Workshop 60 Min

NZCEL Level 4 timetable normally runs in the morning, however is subject to change per intake and level programme.


  • 19 February 2024
  • 22 April 2024
  • 17 June 2024
  • 19 August 2024
  • 14 October 2024
  • 16 December 2024
  • 24 February 2025
  • Class size:16
  • Class hours:25 h/w
  • Duration:16 weeks
  • Level:4 Academic
  • Start dates:Every 2 months
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