Young Learner General English / High School Preparation

It’s never too early to get an international experience!


16 and 17 years old

Currently we can accept Young Learner students aged 16 and 17 years old in our school and they are integrated into our adult courses. Young learner rates apply.

2024 for 14 to 17 years old

Our Young Learner programmes are back as per the below schedule:
YL General English/High School Preparation8 Jan to 2 Feb 2024
YL English + Activities8 July to 9 Aug 2024


Why study Young Learner General English / High School Preparation at NZLC?

NZLC Auckland is accredited by NZQA for young learners between 14 and 17 years and every Monday we welcome students from all over the world. Our General English / High School Preparation course is guaranteed to run throughout the year. The programme is specially designed for young learners and students who are looking to go to a local NZ high school.

•    Accredited by NZQA for young learners.
•    Safe and friendly homestay families and airport transfer.
•    Additional study support.
•    Regular progress tests and feedback.
•    Graduation certificates and academic report.
•    Optional extra caregiver support who speaks the student’s first language available: 1 to 4 weeks – $140pw, 5 to 11 weeks – $120pw, 12 or more weeks – $100pw
•    High School & University Foundation Pathway and placement.
•    Approved Student Visa Pathway Education Provider.
•    Academic recommendation letter issued for students looking to gain entry into local high schools.

We want to make sure our Young Learners are safe and happy at all times during their NZLC experience. All Young Learners must read and agree to the rules in the NZLC Young Learner Pre-Enrolment Handbook.

Pathway to High School

NZLC supports students in finding a suitable high school in New Zealand.  An “NZLC Leaver’s Report”  will be issued when the student reaches the required level and this can help students gain entry into a local high school. NZLC has relationships with most reputable school in New Zealand

NZLC is an approved Education Provider taking part in the Pilot Pathway Student Visa Scheme

Students can only apply for a Pathway Student Visa if they have an offer of place from one or more education providers that are taking part in the Pathway Student Visa pilot.
NZLC is an approved education provider which means students can apply for a course at NZLC and another education provider under just one visa!

Lesson A:
The first class approach is communicative and learners are encouraged to use and practise the language as much as possible. The teaching methods are skills-based (reading, writing, listening and speaking) with vocabulary and grammar structures introduced around interesting and relevant themes to suit and motivate young learners.

Lesson B:
The second classes focus on project based learning centred around specific themes relevant to this age group.  The learning outcomes are aligned with the NZ ESOL curriculum, for example, creating an information report or describing a process while also providing practice of 21st century skills such as critical thinking, virtual learning and technology in the classroom. The course also highlights the importance of a collaborative learning environment where cultural diversity is embraced.

Young Learner General English / High School Preparation (Morning Class)
LevelsBeginner to Advanced
Entry TestYes – General English Entry Test
Length1 – 4 weeks
TypeFull Time (20 hrs/wk) + 5 hrs/wk Electives/Activities (optional)
Course Start*2024 only (8 Jan to 2 Feb 2024 – TBC)
Class Size12 (average) 16 (maximum)
Age**14 – 17 (2024)

*Minimum student numbers required.

Kristina Polyaeva, Russia.

“My teachers were very helpful & awesome! This school really helped me with my English & I’m so happy to study here.”