Vocational English

For adults who want to learn language relating to a particular workplace


In our vocational English streams, students learn the language for a particular job by participating in roleplays, dialogues and other language exercises.

These streams do NOT result in a qualification, and will NOT teach a student how to do the job. But they will enhance a student’s ability to work in an English-speaking environment.

At present, Unique offers the following vocational streams:

Business English

This course has been designed for those who need to undertake business in English.

During the course, the students examine case studies and learn about globalization, brands, advertising, meetings and report writing to increase their vocabulary. The course culminates in students giving a brief, business-style presentation.

Duration: 4 weeks

English for Nursing

This course is designed for those preparing to enter this medical field, or for those who are already qualified nurses.

Topics include:

The hospital (staff, premises, equipment), admissions, accidents and emergencies, pain, symptoms, blood, medications, hygiene and nutrition, care of the elderly and mental health issues, death and dying, alternative medicine.

Duration: 9 weeks

Work Skills Development

This course is perfect for students planning to work in an English-speaking environment.

It teaches its participants how to create a CV and cover letter, develop telephone skills and transferable skills for the workplace. Students also focuse on widening their vocabulary in terms of functional skills, phrases and idioms.

Duration: 4 weeks

Customer Service Skills

This course follows on from the Work Skills course and is ideal for students wanting to learn about customer service in New Zealand.

Students learn customer service vocabulary, interpersonal skills, and how to meet the needs of the customer through role plays and written exercises.

A very good addition to the curriculum vitae!

Duration: 2 weeks

English for Law Enforcement

This course is for students operating in law enforcement, or those planning to do so, in an English or international environment. It is suitable for law enforcers from a range of backgrounds.

Topics include:
Traffic and vehicles, emergencies, drugs and alcohol, crime scene investigation, the police station, criminal justice.

Duration: 4 weeks

English for Tourism

This course gives students working in tourism the language, knowledge and skills
to use the English language as the medium of communication.

Topics include:
Defining tourism, the role of tour operators and tourism providers, tourist motivation, transport, accommodation, promotions, reservations and sales, airports.

Duration: 4 weeks

Small classes

Study the best language for your job

English-only lessons

Become confident using English in work situations

Course times

Vocational English stream dates for 2018/2019:

Work Skills Development

  • 4 February – 1 March 2019
  • 1 July – 26 July 2019

Customer Service Skills

  • 20 August – 31 August 2018
  • 18 March – 29 March 2019
  • 19 August – 30 August 2019

Business English

  • 1 October – 26 October 2018
  • 6 May – 31 May 2019
  • 30 September – 25 October 2019

English for Law Enforcement

  • 18 February – 15 March 2019

English for Nursing

  • 30 July – 28 September 2018
  • 4 March – 3 May 2019
  • 29 July – 27 September 2019

English for Tourism

  • 5 November – 30 November 2018
  • 3 June – 28 June 2019
  • 4 November – 29 November 2018

Those vocational courses require a minimum number of 8 students to run. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and students will join the General English course in the afternoon. 

If you want to take a vocational English class at a later date, contact us.

Vocational English streams are afternoon-only classes, which students study in addition to General English.

Morning class (General English)

0900 – 1030 – Morning class

1030 – 1045 – Break

1045 – 1200 – Morning class (continued)

Afternoon class (Vocational class)

1300 – 1400 – Afternoon class

1400 – 1405 – Break

1405 – 1500 – Afternoon class (continued)