English Language Requirements

NZQA English Language Entry Requirements

It is widely recognized that the higher the level of English language proficiency, the greater a student’s chances of success in their studies. All lectures and assignments are done in the English language at SPBC and applicants will need to show verifiable evidence of proficiency in the English language.

International students are required to show:

That English is their first language and provide verifiable evidence of proficiency in the English language such as: 

1. Previous primary and secondary study in English:

a. completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13), or

b. completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand Forms 3 to 7 or years 9 to 13)

*at schools using English as the language of instruction are eligible for enrolment at all levels of the NZQF.

2. Previous tertiary study in English:

International students that can provide clear evidence of completion of a tertiary qualification of at least three years’ duration with English as the language of instruction in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States, are eligible for enrolment at all levels of the NZQF.

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If English is not their first language then they are required to satisfy SPBC that they are proficient in the English language and able to work at the required level by the following acceptable methods.

PLEASE NOTE: Students from countries with lower than 80% approval for student visas must undertake and achieve the IELTS or TOEFL score above, or achieve an NCEA Level 3 along with New Zealand university entrance requirement, or a Bachelor’s degree of at least three years from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, the UK, or the USA.

For more information, visit these links:
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/About-us/News/Student-Visa-Fee-paying-and-scholarship-Offshore-applications-only.pdf
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/the-table/

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