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Young Business Leaders

This course teaches language for business and valuable practical business skills. Students set up their own businesses and compete in the Bell Business Challenge.

Course type
Young Learners
Age of student
Language level
Intermediate (B1) - Proficient (C2)
Staff/student ratio
Maximum class size
Entry requirements
Pre-course assessment
Course dates
Start dates: 1 July and 22 July 2020
Course Length
3 weeks
Wellington College, Berkshire

Who is this course for?

Students with a high level of English who aspire to be the international business leaders of the future.

Course outcomes

Your child will have:

  • An improved knowledge of business theory and practice
  • Experience establishing and running a small business
  • Improved general and business English language skills and vocabulary
  • An internationally recognised Business English certificate – BULATS (Business Language Testing Service)
  • Increased confidence and independence as an individual and a learner
  • Inspiration for future careers through talks by leading business entrepreneurs
  • An unforgettable educational experience with the opportunity to make lots of international friends

Course description


40.5 hours per 3 week course

Language for business

Through project and class-based lessons, students:

  • Learn key business vocabulary
  • Develop grammar and pronunciation skills
  • Practise speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Prepare for the Business Language Testing exam (BULATS) which they take at the end of the course

Business studies

Students learn about establishing a business in today’s competitive environment:

  • Bringing a product or service to market
  • Financial management
  • Communication in the workplace
  • The modern consumer
  • The functions of a business


75.5 hours per 3 week course (36.5 hours on Business Challenge, 39 hours on other activities)

Bell Business Challenge

Working in teams, students use all the skills they have learnt in class to create and deliver a profitable product or service.

  • Week 1: Planning - develop a business concept by conducting market research, allocating finances and creating an advertising campaign
  • Week 2: Implementing and Evaluating - launch the business, evaluate progress and reinvest profits
  • Week 3: Presentation - teams present their project and discuss successes and areas for development

Students gain the internationally recognised BULATS certificate

Business-themed study tours

5.5 days per 3 week course

Students visit local businesses and topical destinations such as:

  •     Mercedes-Benz World
  •     Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in London
  •     Bank of England Museum
  •     Museum of Design

Students also visit local UK businesses to see how different kinds of business function. Students are prepared in class before they depart and on the study tour develop their language skills and business understanding by:

  •     Conducting interviews
  •     Taking part in fact finding challenges
  •     Completing activity sheets

Course includes

  • Accommodation at Wellington College
  • All meals
  • All social activities and study tours
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure with Bell staff
  • Free internet access
  • Free laundry service
  • Comprehensive insurance

Young Business Leaders sample timetable

Young Business Leaders sample timetable
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Student stories

Life on a Young Business Leaders course

Ulyana from Russia, a student on our Young Business Leaders course talks about her experience.