Questions and answers related to English language entry requirements for the New Zealand Diploma in Business (Level 6)

On 21 December 2012, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority imposed conditions on the accreditation of providers offering the New Zealand Diploma in Business Level 6 (NZDipBus). This was issued under section 250A (4) and (5) of the Education Act 1989 (the Act). This places the NZDipBus on the same footing as other tertiary qualifications on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework by moving various requirements into programme approval and accreditation requirements and qualification specifications.

Following this, NZQA received a number of queries from Tertiary Education Organisations seeking clarification of the requirements for international students for whom English is not a first language. The following summarises, and provides answers, to these queries.

Query

Answer

English language requirements for Fijian students

English is an official language in Fiji, so can we consider an official language as being a first language?

Students have graduated from high school from Fiji and /or graduated from Fijian tertiary education programmes can they be considered to be waived IELTS to study NZDipBus/NZIM?

The student has completed Form-6 in Fiji (Fiji School Leaving Certificate).

Fiji has three official languages - Fijian, Fijian Hindustani and English, so you must establish if English is a first language of the student.

If English is a first language, then applicants must meet the 1st set of student entry requirements as notified as a condition on your accreditation.

If English is not a first language of the student, they must meet the 1stand 2ndset ofstudent entry requirements.

The 1st set applies to all applicants and is:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • 50 credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at: Literacy requirements for University Entrance,

or equivalent to the above

or New Zealand University Entrance.

The 2nd set is for International students for whom English is not a first  language who must also either

  • meet the English language proficiency outcomes for Diploma level 6 as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. Category 1 institutions as defined in these rules may avail themselves of the alternative permitted under rule 18.4 of these rules; or
  • complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and have achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

The Fiji School Leaving Certificate is not able to be used as evidence to meet the English Language proficiency requirements for entry to NZDipBus. Students must have completed an English Proficiency Outcome as listed in the Appendix of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

Use of English language qualification other than those listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013

 

Students have graduated with a Certificate in English (From Unitec)

The Unitec Certificate in English is not able to be used as evidence to meet the English Language proficiency requirements for entry to NZDipBus. Students must have completed an English Proficiency Outcome as listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/

Students who have migrated to countries where English is an official language and subsequently apply for entry onto the NZ DipBus

 

Can it be considered that English is the first language of students who have migrated to UK/Canada/Australia and apply for entry onto the NZDipBus/NZIM with the passport of UK/Canada/ Australia?

Not for that reason only.  More is needed for you to establish that English is a first language of the student.

Students who have completed other qualifications and now wish to enrol in the NZDipBus

 

Students graduated from tertiary education programmes from Philippines/Singapore/Malaysia/South Africa and get official proof that all studies are in English, can they be considered to be waived IELTS to study NZDipBus/NZIM ?

Not for that reason only.  More is needed for you to establish that English is a first language of the student.

Students graduated from university pathway programmes (such as Diploma in English in Unitec)/university foundation programmes in New Zealand, can they be considered to be waived IELTS to study NZDipBus/NZIM?

Not for that reason only.  More is needed for you to establish that English is a first language of the student.

Students successfully completed NZIM Diploma in Management 2012 (6 NZDipBus papers) and want to complete further 6 papers to complete NZDipBus

You must establish if English is a first language of the student.

If the student is enrolling into the NZ Diploma in Business (Level 6) and English is not a first language, then the student must meet the 1stand 2ndset of student entry to NZ DipBus programmes as notified as a condition on your accreditation.

The 1st set applies to all applicants and is:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • 50 credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at: Literacy requirements for University Entrance,

or equivalent to the above

or New Zealand University Entrance.

The 2nd set is for International students for whom English is not a first  language who must also either:

  • meet the English language proficiency outcomes for Diploma level 6 as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. Category 1 institutions as defined in these rules may avail themselves of the alternative permitted under rule 18.4 of these rules; or
  • complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and have achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

For international students for whom English is not a first language, this includes English Language Proficiency Outcomes as listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013; or, two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and have achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/

As the English Language entry requirement for the NZIM Diploma in Management is IELTS 6.0 (academic), students should have already provided evidence of an IELTS of 6.0 (academic) prior to commencing the NZIM qualification and therefore should be able to provide the evidence to you.

Alternatively, they may provide evidence from one of the other methods listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

Do students who have completed NZIM Dip Management with other Tertiary Education Organisations need to complete IELTS?

You must establish if English is a first language of the student.

If the student is enrolling into the NZ Diploma in Business (Level 6) and English is not a first language, then the student must meet the 1stand 2ndset of student entry to NZDipBus programmes as notified as a condition on your accreditation.

The 1st set applies to all applicants and is:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • 50 credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at: Literacy requirements for University Entrance,

or equivalent to the above

or New Zealand University Entrance.

The 2nd set is for International students for whom English is not a first language who must also either

  • meet the English language proficiency outcomes for Diploma level 6 as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. Category 1 institutions as defined in these rules may avail themselves of the alternative permitted under rule 18.4 of these rules; or
  • complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and have achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

IELTS is one method of English language testing that may be used. Other acceptable methods are listed at:

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/ 

As the English Language entry requirement for the NZIM Diploma in Management is IELTS 6.0 (academic), students should have already provided evidence of an IELTS of 6.0 (academic) prior to commencing the NZIM qualification and therefore should be able to provide the evidence to you.

Alternatively, they may provide evidence from one of the other methods listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

Do students who have already completed a National Diploma in Business (either level 5 or 6) need to complete IELTS?

Completing a National Diploma in Business (Level 5 or 6) is not an equivalency for the English Language Proficiency Outcomes required for entry onto the NZ Diploma in Business.

If the student is enrolling into the NZ Diploma in Business (Level 6) and English is not a first language, then the student must meet the 1stand 2ndset of student entry to NZDipBus programmes requirements as notified as a condition on your accreditation.

The 1st set applies to all applicants and is:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • 50 credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at: Literacy requirements for University Entrance,

or equivalent to the above

or New Zealand University Entrance.

The 2nd set is for International students for whom English is not a first  language who must also either

  • meet the English language proficiency outcomes for Diploma level 6 as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. Category 1 institutions as defined in these rules may avail themselves of the alternative permitted under rule 18.4 of these rules; or
  • complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and have achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

Non-compliance

 

What if Tertiary Education Organisations continue to use discretion because universities can?

If non-compliance is identified NZQA Risk will investigate, and if a breach is confirmed then compliance action will be taken.

This could include stopping the enrolment of international students, a condition on registration (requiring education organisations to arrange and fund English language tests for example) or the removal of approval and/or accreditation.

What if providers continue issuing offers at pre-NZDipBus conditions IELTS levels?

If non-compliance is identified NZQA Risk will investigate, and if a breach is confirmed then compliance action will be taken.

This could include stopping the enrolment of international students, a condition on registration (requiring education organisations to arrange and fund English language test for example) or the removal of approval and/or accreditation.

With the changes to the NZDipBus entry requirements our agents are seeking clarification on the diplomas which incorporate all or part of the NZDipBus e.g. our Diploma in Business Computing includes the six papers of the NZIM Diploma.

Providers can enrol students into local programmes and qualifications containing NZ Diploma in Business prescriptions on the basis of the English Language Proficiency Outcomes as listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

 http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/

Students enrolling in your Diploma in Business Computing level 7 would need to meet the respective English Language Proficiency Outcomes for a Diploma at level 7 as applicable.

If students subsequently enrol in the NZ Diploma in Business, they must meet the 1stand 2ndset of the “student entry to NZDipBus programme requirements” as notified as a condition on your accreditation.

If English is a first language, then applicants must meet the 1st set of student entry requirements as notified as a condition on your accreditation.

If English is not a first language of the student, they must meet the 1st and 2ndset ofstudent entry requirements.

The 1st set applies to all applicants and is:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • 50 credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at: Literacy requirements for University Entrance,

or equivalent to the above

or New Zealand University Entrance.

The 2nd set is for International students for whom English is not a first language who must also either

  • meet the English language proficiency outcomes for Diploma level 6 as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. Category 1 institutions as defined in these rules may avail themselves of the alternative permitted under rule 18.4 of these rules; or
  • complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and have achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

If international students are enrolling in a local programme and are expecting to pathway onto the NZ Diploma in Business, they must be advised of the requirements of the Student entry to NZDipBus programmes prior to commencing the local programme.

If we were to dispose of any “incorporated” diploma in our programme and just use the curriculum of the six papers as preparation for part 2 of the qualification, without the incorporated qualification itself, could we continue to use our existing entry requirements? 

There are a number of issues with you considering disposing of the incorporated NZIM Diploma from your Diploma in Business Computing Level 7.

i)  it would involve a type 2 change to your programme, which would require NZQA approval under Part 7 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013;

ii)  student visas are only issued for programmes that are approved and listed on the NZQF;

iii)  From 1 Jan 2013 if an international student met the level 7 English proficiency outcomes in Appendix 2 of the Programme Approval and Accreditation rules when entering The Level 7 Diploma, they will have also met the proficiency outcomes for the NZ Diploma in Business.

Can we use six NZDipBus papers as the first part of our Diploma in Business Computing (DBC) without awarding a qualification, and leave entry at IELTS 5.5?

Providers can enrol students into local programmes and qualifications containing NZ Diploma in Business prescriptions on the basis of the English Language Proficiency Outcomes as listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

 http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/

However, if students subsequently enrol in the NZ Diploma in Business, they must meet the English Language Proficiency Outcomes as listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 for that qualification.

If students are enrolling in a local programme and are expecting to pathway onto the NZ Diploma in Business, they must be advised of the English Language Proficiency Outcomes they must meet to gain entry onto the NZ Diploma in Business prior to commencing the local programme.

Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 only applying to new applications

 

The rules concerning the mandatory level for IELTS only applies to new programme approvals since it is part of the Appendix A in the draft rules for such activities.

No. From 1 January 2013, the rules apply to all programmes not just those that are new approvals. 

Transition period

 

Is there a transition period available and what options are available for provider?

There is no transition.

Options other than IELTS are outlined in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 and apart from IELTS and the NZCEL, also include TOEFL and Cambridge. International students may also complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and achieve either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

 http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/

If English is not a first language of the student, they must meet the 1st and 2ndset ofstudent entry requirements.

The 1st set applies to all applicants and is:

  • a minimum of 14 numeracy credits at level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pāngarau on the Directory of Assessment Standards; and
  • 50 credits at level 2 or above with at least 12 credits in each of three subjects including a minimum of 8 literacy credits at level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Māori; 4 credits must be in reading and 4 credits must be in writing; and
  • the literacy credits will be selected from a schedule of approved achievement standards and unit standards found on the NZQA website at: Literacy requirements for University Entrance,

or equivalent to the above

or New Zealand University Entrance.

The 2nd set is for International students for whom English is not a first language who must also either

  • meet the English language proficiency outcomes for Diploma level 6 as set out in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013. Category 1 institutions as defined in these rules may avail themselves of the alternative permitted under rule 18.4 of these rules; or
  • complete two years study at a New Zealand secondary school and have achieved either NCEA Level 3 or New Zealand University Entrance or both.

Category 1 providers ability to administer their own English language entry tests

 

Category 1 schools can use their internal test as an equivalent to IELTS.  Can the test administered by a category 1 school qualify for entry to a course at another? 

No. Tests administered by Category 1 providers are for entry onto their own programmes.

Can a Category 2-4 provider get a Category 1 provider to apply its English language test and then enrol the student based on that test?

No. The Category 2-4 provider must ensure the students it enrols have met the English Language Proficiency Outcomes as listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/

Can a Cat 2 PTE engage/contract/use a Cat 1 PTE to administer the Cat 1's own English proficiency test to ensure the learner has the required level of English to enrol in the Cat 2's programme?

No. As outlined in rule 18.4, Category 1 providers which have an internal English proficiency test that produces an equivalent or better result to the relevant proficiency outcome for a programme as required in the Table in Appendix 2, may use their internal English proficiency test for the purposes of enrolling in the programme international students for whom English is not their first language.

CAT 2-4 providers must use the English Language Proficiency Outcomes as listed in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/

Can a Cat 1 PTE engage another PTE who knows about English Language (and is probably an English Language School) to do the proficiency testing for them? AND do they have to be a Cat 1 themselves even though the Cat 1 PTE has confidence in their testing?

No. As per rule 18.4 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013:

Category 1 institutions which have an internal English proficiency test that produces an equivalent or better result to the relevant proficiency outcome for a programme as required in the Table in Appendix 2, may use their internal English proficiency test for the purposes of enrolling in the programme international students for whom English is not their first language.

Some PTEs that enrol international students do not offer English Language training schemes or programmes and therefore do not have the expertise in English Language testing even if they are Cat 1.

For those PTEs that do not have the expertise in English language testing they may seek evidence of English Language Proficiency Outcomes as outlined in Appendix 2 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013.

http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/our-role/legislation/nzqa-rules/nzqf-related-rules/programme-approval-and-accreditation/app-2/

Enrolment into the NZIM Diploma in Management

 

The English Language Proficiency Outcomes show that Certificate or Diploma programmes at level 5 require IELTS of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5. Does this indicate that 5.5 IELTS is now acceptable for enrolling students into the NZIM Diploma in Management?

Please refer to Rule 18.3(a) in the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013, which enables programmes to have a higher level of English proficiency than listed in Appendix 2.

The certificate/diploma at level 5 English language entry level requirements in the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 apply to all level 5 qualifications, however, as the qualification owner, NZIM has set IELTS 6.0 (academic) as the entry requirement for its diploma.

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