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Business English

Become confident and successful using English at work to develop a career in an international business environment.

Course type
English 16+
Age of student
Language level
Intermediate (B1) - Proficient (C2)
Maximum class size
Lesson hours per week
15, 20 or 25
Course dates
Weekly, every Monday
Course Length
From 1 week
From £420
Bell London

Who is this course for?

Learners at any stage of their career seeking a personalised programme to improve their English skills for work.

Course outcomes

Choose this course to:

  • Communicate more fluently and accurately in English in and outside work
  • Improve your Business English skills – reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Acquire vocabulary and language specific to your industry or sector
  • Learn and collaborate with a network of global professionals
  • Gain an internationally-recognised BULATS certificate to demonstrate your skills

Course includes:

  • Business speaker programme
  • A weekly business breakfast
  • BULATS exam entrance fee
  • Course materials
  • Regular 1 to 1 tutorials
  • Access to the learning centre and a wide range of resources
  • Free scanning, printing and photocopying
  • Free Wifi
  • A weekly programme of workshops, social activities and trips
  • Free and impartial Higher Education Advisory Service
  • Comprehensive insurance

Course description

Become confident and successful using English at work to develop your career in an international business environment. Our teachers use real-life business situations to develop your skills and show you how to apply them in your own industry. You will study alongside a small group of international professionals.

Throughout the course you will:

  • Learn how to lead and participate in meetings
  • Read and extract key points from written texts such as emails, reports and proposals
  • Listen to authentic materials such as business news items on TV or radio to develop your comprehension skills
  • Draft emails and reports to improve your written communication
  • Research, create and deliver presentations
  • Discuss topical business themes with other professionals
  • Build language and vocabulary specific to your industry and role
  • Study independently with Business English resources available from our well-stocked learning centre.

Continue your learning

Customise your course to enhance your progress, by selecting one of the following extra modules. If you're not sure which options are best for you, contact our customer support team. 



Focus on a specific skill to reach your learning goals faster. With a choice of three different language skills workshops, you can develop one area or combine two or more over a longer stay.

  • Exam Preparation

Learn the best techniques for exam success and improve your language skills. This will workshop will help you excel in both the IELTS and Cambridge English suite of exams.

  • Speaking and Listening

Develop your spoken fluency, improve your pronunciation and increase your confidence. You will learn through activities such as debating topical issues, listening for specific information and delivering presentations.

  • Reading and Writing

Improve your spelling, punctuation, formal and informal reading and writing skills. You will develop your language through activities such as taking notes, reading for understanding, writing for work and effective use of dictionaries.

You don't need to choose which skills to focus on until you arrive. Your teachers will offer advice on the best options for your needs.

Business Studies


Enhance your understanding of business by studying business topics in English. In this module you will learn the subject content of business as you explore topics such as: entrepreneurship, innovation, negotiations, writing a business plan, the secrets of successful marketing and managing business change.

You will study a range of business themes from starting a business to human resources and marketing. Each theory is illustrated using examples from real-life business through weekly case studies.

This module is designed for students with an Intermediate (B1) - Proficient (C2) language level.

1 to 1 Tuition


Advance your progress with individual classes completely personalised to your learning needs and goals. You will work with a dedicated teacher to identify specific skills to improve and create a bespoke language programme.

Art and Design (summer only)

Art & Design

Develop your creativity and artistic skills with this inspiring and engaging module available with summer language courses*.

You will expand your personal portfolio of artwork and explore the visually exciting sights of Cambridge or London. Focusing on practical outcomes, each week of the module is structured around a mini project with students sharing a finished piece of work with their class at the end of the week.

*Only available during July and August.


Language in Action

Learn to communicate like a local with cultural and social activities to improve your English in real-life situations. All our structured activities have clear learning objectives to build your confidence and develop your language and skills.

In London students have weekly organised activities included in their course fee, plus more independent time to explore the capital with guidance from the knowledgeable Bell London team.

Guide to BULATS (Business Language Testing Service)


BULATS is a Business English test recognised internationally by employers worldwide. The test assesses listening and reading skills and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Tasks are based on the skills and activities needed in the workplace, for example, taking down telephone messages, understanding texts and correcting errors.

The test lasts 110 minutes:

  • Listening (50 minutes)
  • Reading and language knowledge (60 minutes)

Bell London is a recognised BULATS testing centre and can arrange the test for any student, not just those studying Business English.

Business English sample timetable

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