New Zealand Certificate in English Language, Level 4
Project Description

Programme Overview

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


Programme Length

16 weeks


Programme Scheduling

There are two parts, Part A and Part B. Part A is textbook based. Students complete 5 units that have been designed by ICL.

Part B is topic based. Students complete 5 NZQA unit standards.

8:30 – 12:30, Monday to Friday, plus 5 hours guided self study

Learning Outcomes & Education Pathways

  • Understand main ideas and supporting details of moderately complex oral academic texts.
  • Participate effectively in sustained spoken academic discourse.
  • Understand main ideas and supporting details of moderately complex written academic texts.
  • Write detailed, developed, moderately complex academic texts.

This certificate can lead to:

  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5) [Ref: 1884].
  • This certificate may facilitate meeting the language requirements for:

– many vocational and undergraduate programmes and specialised fields of study requiring lower and/or New Zealand Qualifications Framework Level 5, for entrance, depending on the focus of the programme leading to this qualification.


Entry Requirements

International students must meet the following requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Produce evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to a Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) B1 Intermediate level. This may be demonstrated via a recognised English language testing system such as IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL, achievement in the New Zealand Certificate of English Language (Level 3), or achieve an appropriate score on ICL’s  placement test.
  • Possess the appropriate student visa

Where a prospective student for the NZCEL (Level 4) programme cannot produce evidence of current English proficiency, ICL will use their own placement test to assess and determine the student’s entry level.


Start date:
29 Oct 2018

7 Jan 2019

4 Mar 2019

29 Apr 2019

24 Jun 2019

19 Aug 2019

14 Oct 2019

9 Dec 2019


** NZCEL (L4) is delivered by ICL Graduate Business School