Certificate in English for Academic Study

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The Certificate in English for Academic Study prepares you for degree level study at AUT or other universities. This programme is also suitable for Certificate in English Language graduates who want to continue their study, and applicants with overseas qualifications whose first language is not English. A placement test may be required in both cases. Throughout this programme you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

You also learn about the academic culture in New Zealand and how to take control of your studies. If you achieve a B grade average or higher, and at least a B for writing and a C+ in all other papers you meet the English language entry requirements for most AUT undergraduate degrees.

Find out what level you need to have achieved in order to enter the programme of study you are interested in pursuing. You can see the equivalence between the Certificate in English for Academic Study programme and IELTS requirements.

Programme code: AK3309
Level: 5
Points: 60
Duration: 1/2 full-time or part-time up to 1 year
Venue: City campus
Start date: 26 February 2018 / 16 July 2018

Entry requirements

You will need one of the following:

  • Completion of appropriate AUT Certificate in English Language or
  • Migrants and refugees from Non-English speaking backgrounds with appropriate education qualifications or
  • International students with IELTS — Academic: 5.5 overall with all bands 5 or higher
  • New Zealand school leavers need NCEA: 48 Level 2 credits plus 8 Level 1 credits in language rich subjects
  • CIE: Total 60 points in UCAS or pass in placement test.

A placement test and interview will normally be required. AUT encourages you to apply as early as possible. Late applications will be accepted if the programme is not full.

If you do not meet the entry criteria above you can begin your English studies with the Certificate in English Language.


LSKL501 Writing and Referencing
LSKL502 Reading for Academic Purposes
LSKL503 Listening and Note-Taking
LSKL504 Oral Interaction and Presentation

More information

  • Contact the School of Language and Culture: +64 921 9999 ext 6836
  • You can visit us on the AUT City Campus: AUT Tower, Level 8, on the corner of Rutland and Wakefield Streets (opposite Aotea Square).

Last updated: 13-Dec-2017 3.37pm

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.