Waikato Pathways College

General English

General English is an English language programme designed for students who wish to learn and improve their everyday English skills. The course is suitable for students preparing to enter the Academic English programme and go on to study at university in New Zealand.

Why choose a General English language programme?

The programme includes core language skills and vocabulary, fluency and accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

You can study the General English programme from a minimum of three weeks, up to six months. Classes are offered from elementary to advanced levels, and can be full-time (23 hours per week) or part-time (15 hours per week). Intakes start every second Monday, unless stated below.

Placement test

If you do not provide evidence of an external examination you will sit an English language placement test during the first week to assess your entry level with the option of further testing to move up to higher levels. Students entering the Academic English programme can also sit a placement test.

Upon completion

You will receive a Waikato Pathways College Certificate of Attendance. Individual graded reports are also available.


You can apply for the General English language programme here.

Courses will be delivered by Study Group NZ Limited on behalf of the University of Waikato

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Programme start dates

 Month  2019 Dates  2020 Dates
 January    6 and 20
 February    3, 10, 17 and 24
 March    2, 9, 23 and 30
 April  20
 4 and 18
 June    8 and 22
 July    6, 13, 20 and 27
 August  26  3, 10 and 24
 September  9 and 23  7 and 21
 October  7 and 21  5 and 19
 November  4 and 18  2, 16 and 30
 December  2   - 

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