NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 (Version 4)

18. English language requirements for international students

  1. An institution (other than a university) must:
    1. verify, prior to enrolling an international student in a programme (other than an English language programme) at level 3 or above, that the student has the necessary English language proficiency as demonstrated (except as provided in Rule 18.2) through the use of evidence of one of the kinds described in Rules 18.3 to 18.6; and
    2. retain a copy of that evidence for at least two years from the date of enrolment of the student.
  2. Evidence of the kinds described in Rules 18.5 and 18.6 must not be used for a student who holds a passport from a country that has had, under Rule 18.7, its name and visa decline rate of more than 20% published for one month or more.
  3. Evidence that the student has:
    1. achieved NCEA level 3 and has met New Zealand university entrance requirements; or
    2. been awarded a Bachelor Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, Bachelor Honours Degree, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree with English as the language of instruction, from tertiary education providers from New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States; or
    3. been awarded the Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)1.
  4. Evidence that the student has achieved, within the two years preceding the proposed date of enrolment, one of the internationally recognised proficiency test outcomes specified in the Table in the Appendix for the level of the programme in which the student is enrolling.
  5. Evidence of either of the following kinds of previous primary and secondary study in English by the student:
    1. completion of all primary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8) and at least three years of secondary education (being the equivalent of three years from New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction; or
    2. completion of at least five years of secondary education (being the equivalent of New Zealand secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools where the student was taught using English as the language of instruction.
  6. Evidence that the student has achieved an outcome in the institution’s internal English proficiency assessment that is equivalent to or better than the outcomes listed in the Table in the Appendix for the programme level in which the student is enrolling, where:
    1. the institution is a Category 1 or 2 institution;
    2. the internal English proficiency assessment is administered by the institution;
    3. the institution has been granted NZQA’s approval for the internal English proficiency assessment in accordance with Rule 18A; and
    4. the approval referred to in paragraph (c) has been listed on NZQA’s website.
  7. Immigration New Zealand will measure (based on statistics generated over a period of time set by Immigration New Zealand) the student visa application decline rate of countries, and where the measurement shows that a country’s student visa application decline rate is more than 20%, Immigration New Zealand will publish on its website the name of that country and its student visa application decline rate.

18A. Approval of internal English proficiency assessments

  1. For the purposes of Rule 18.6(c), a Category 1 or Category 2 institution may apply to NZQA for approval of the institution’s internal English proficiency assessment methodologies and process.
  2. Following an application under Rule 18A.1 NZQA may approve the institution’s internal English proficiency assessment methodologies and process where NZQA is satisfied:
    1. the assessment methodologies and process have been benchmarked to establish the equivalency or better to the outcomes for the appropriate levels of the NZQF;
    2. the institution possesses expertise in English language delivery and assessment, as evidenced through appropriate staff qualifications, relevant programme approvals, accreditations to provide approved programmes, or training scheme approvals;
    3. the institution’s English proficiency assessment methodologies and process have been designed by a person with appropriate and relevant experience and expertise;
    4. the institution has appropriate safeguards in place to prevent cheating or bias during the conduct of internal English proficiency assessments;
    5. as to the level of confidence NZQA can have in the institution’s enrolment and assessment practices; and
    6. there are no current concerns over the quality of the institution’s provision of education, or over non-compliance issues relating to the institution, that NZQA considers detrimentally affect the institution’s ability to conduct English proficiency assessment and testing.
  3. If NZQA considers that there may be grounds for withdrawing approval of an institution’s internal English proficiency assessment, NZQA must give written notice to the institution –
    1. setting out the grounds on which NZQA is considering withdrawing the approval; and
    2. giving the institution a reasonable period to make submissions on the matter.
  4. After the period referred to in Rule 18A.3(b), and having considered any submissions made by the institution, NZQA:
    1. may, on reasonable grounds, withdraw the approval; and
    2. must give notice of the withdrawal, with reasons, to the institution concerned.
  5. NZQA may withdraw the approval of an institution’s internal English proficiency assessment at the written request of the institution concerned.
  6. The approval of an institution’s internal English proficiency assessment lapses on the date on which an institution becomes a Category 3 or Category 4 institution.

18B     Transitional provisions for unapproved English proficiency assessments of Category 1 institutions

  1. Rules 18B.2 and 18B.3 apply to English proficiency assessments used by Category 1 institutions under revoked Rule 18(1)(e), as that rule existed immediately before revocation by the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Amendment Rules 2017.
  2. The English proficiency assessments to which Rule 18B.1 applies may continue to be used by Category 1 institutions in accordance with revoked Rule 18(1)(e) until the expiry of 31 days following the commencement of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Amendment Rules 2017.
  3. Where, within 31 days following the commencement of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Amendment Rules 2017, a Category 1 institution has applied under Rule 18A.1 for approval of the English proficiency assessment methodologies and process it used under revoked Rule 18(1)(e), the Category 1 institution may continue to use that assessment under this Rule 18B.3 until the end of the day on which its application has been either approved or declined by NZQA in writing.

 

1*Note - the CELTA certificate name has changed to the Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

 
 
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