NCEA English - Level 1 and 2

Recommend course:


Improve your English skills and work towards gaining the NCEA (reading and writing) credits required for entry to a Tertiary institute; internal assessment; reading homework compulsory; must be fluent in English.

Please submit your application with a copy of your NZQA record of learning. Your NZQA record of can be obtained on line at                        

It is expected that students should complete one standard per term if they follow a work-plan and complete assigned homework as required. We can not guarantee student results, it is up to the student to acheive their results. Students requiring more than one standard should be prepared to attend more than one term.  

On successful completion of the course, please allow for 10-15 working day before your results are  processed. 


Students must be aged 16 years or older and not be enrolled in secondary school full-time.In exceptional circumstances a full time secondary school student aged 16 years or older, may be enrolled in an adult and Community Education (ACE) course/activity outside normal school hours with written approval from their school principal or Dean and the course Director. 

Target Audience

Most students enrolling in this course require L2 Literacy credits in order to apply to university or other courses. Literacy credits are made up of 5 Reading and 5 Writing credits from standards offered within the English curriculum. Not all standards are Reading or Writing, some are just general English credits. Only internally assessed standards are offered through Community Education (as opposed to external standards which are passed by sitting the end of the year exam).


The way literacy credits can be achieved are through:


  • 91101 Writing Portfolio - 6 Credits


  • 91106 Wide Reading - 4 Credits
  • 91105 Information Literacy - 4 Credits

Other general English standards that are offered are:

  • 91102 Create and Deliver an Oral text (speech)
  • 91103 Create a Crafted and Controlled Visual and Verbal Text - 3 Credits
  • 91104 Analyse Significant Connections across Texts - 4 Credits
  • 91107 Close Viewing - 3 Credits

As there are no single standards available worth 5 Reading credits, students have to complete both the two 4 credit standards as well as the single Writing Portfolio standard in order to attain their literacy credits. 

The Writing Portfolio requires students to produce a minimum of 2 pieces (though 3 is better) of high quality writing on subjects of their choice. This could include such things as creative writing, poetry, opinion pieces, letters, personal writing, essays etc. It is better if you have different styles of writing to makeup your portfolio as the idea is to show off what you can do as a writer. The guidelines are for the pieces to be approximately 650 + words.

The Wide Reading standard requires 6 texts to be read and responded to in a personal manner. The minimum requirement within this is that 2 of the texts need to be extended texts such as novels, non-fiction books or biographies. The other 4 texts can be made up from a selection of short texts such as short stories, extended magazine articles, online articles, poetry and may also include up to two visual texts such as films, TED talks, documentaries etc.  Students should make a start on their reading as early as possible before the commencement of the course in order to maximise class time. 

The Information Literacy standard is a research standard where students find a topic and pose some questions on issues within the topic to find out more about. With this standard, the research process is crucial and needs to be documented and submitted along with the final report. 4-6 sources are expected around the topic so some students may like to start gathering resources before the start of the course. 






 Please note: All courses need a minimum number to go ahead. If your course does not have enough enrolments, we regret that we will have to cancel and will let you know either by email or text. Courses are usually cancelled, when necessary, 2-3 working days prior to the scheduled start date.