Level 3 English (L3ENG)


Level 3 English courses are thematically-driven. Teachers also take into account the learners they have in front of them and design their course around their students' needs.

The English curriculum areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and presenting are all thoroughly covered in the course. The distinction is that these competencies and processes will be learned in the context of the deeper thematic analysis of canonical English literature, the close examination of written and visual texts with a focus on the highly detailed study of language, as well as robust examination of contemporary film and the acute development of higher-order oratory skills.

What will I learn?

The learning is designed for English students who have a passion for the subject and wish to challenge themselves to extend their range and depth of understanding through a course that draws upon the strong tradition of English Literature teaching in New Zealand schools. The reading of novels, Shakespearean and contemporary plays, the close analysis of texts, writing in both the creative and transactional modes, the viewing and analysis of a contemporary film, and the study of poetry all combine to form this Literature course.

What should I have done already?

Entrance to English Literature will be limited to students who achieve a minimum of 15 Level 2 Achievement Standard credits in English, including 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing from any of the Level 2 English courses offered. These credits must be obtained through Achievement Standards in the previous year's learning - they cannot be achieved in the year of entry to the Level 3 course by summer school or Te Kura. Preferential entry will go to students who gain merit and excellence grades in their Level 2 English course.

Assessment outline

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Assessment regulations

The following is an indication of the assessment credit values for this course:

Level 3 Achievement Standards: 20 credits

  • 70% assessed internally

  • 30% assessed externally

Teachers will confirm course credit values based on the learners in their classes.

The standards offered are compulsory for the course that the student chooses. This applies also to speaking standards; a skill-set that the Department values. Every student, at every level of the College is expected to complete a speaking assessment in front of their peers.


This is a matter that the Department approaches with a huge deal of seriousness. We deem it unacceptable to present a piece of work that has someone else's voice in it and claim it is your own. In all plagiarism matters the HOD is notified, so too is the College's NCEA coordinator, and the student loses the opportunity to gain a grade for the submitted piece and jeopardises the chance to get a resubmission. With plagiarism undeniably being a breach of ethics, we treat matters with the utmost gravity as this is in the students' best interests as worldwide citizens.

Where does this course lead?

This course leads to university and tertiary arts, media, journalism and communication courses.

Indicative costs

Read more about indicative course costs.