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Qualifications and standards

Review of English Language unit standards

NZQA National Qualifications Services is pleased to advise that reviewed and newly developed English Language unit standards are now listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

The standards were reviewed to ensure there is a pathway suitable for those who want to use unit standards as assessment tools in programmes towards the reviewed/new New Zealand Certificates in English Language (NZCEL), at Levels 1-4. Information on these qualifications may be found on the webpage New Zealand Certificates in English Language (Levels 1-5).

For information on the main changes to the unit standards, see the March 2018 Review of English Language unit standards change report.

A matrix (PDF, 90KB) showing unit standards mapped to the NZCEL graduate profile outcomes is available.


In March 2017, NQS commenced the review of English Language Level 1 Foundation - Level 4 unit standards to ensure that:

A review panel was established and comprised of people who have:

  • expertise in English Language
  • understanding of the needs of English Language learners
  • commitment to the use of unit standards as assessment tools in programmes
  • commitment to open communication, collaborative problem solving, and team work.

The panel collectively has experience/expertise in/with:

  • assessment, design and moderation of English Language unit standards
  • New Zealand Certificates in English Language
  • Common European Framework of Reference
  • graded unit standards
  • English for Academic Purposes unit standards
  • English Language related projects, reviews and programme implementation
  • Secondary, tertiary and community sector.


We welcome questions, ideas and contributions. If you would like to receive information and updates about reviews, please send a message to the review mailbox asking to be added to the email network at:


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