This qualification is intended for candidates who have achieved a fundamental understanding of English in a business context and who have the ability to use the language in a practical way at a very basic level. The qualification consists of a mandatory reading and writing exam and optional speaking and listening exams.
The qualification’s aims are to enable candidates to develop their basic linguistic ability, in a predictable business English context, in order to:
Identify basic data, facts and instructions
Produce basic, formulaic text
Listen and understand short,basic, and business-related English conversations and announcements
Understand basic, spoken and recorded business English
Participate in short conversations in routine contexts
Who Should Attend
Students with the ambition to complete the program.
Students interested in a vocational route to help prepare them for the workplace.
Students who are graduates or employed and looking for the skills to get into the work place.
Candidates are assessed by means of a 90 minute examination paper covering all of the above syllabus topics.
Speaking - optional
Candidates are assessed by an 11 minute examination, including 5 minutes preparation time. Part 1 consists of a warm up conversation during which the candidate will be asked about, for example, study and work ambitions for the future. Part 2 requires the candidate to participate in a discussion of a topic selected by the examiner.
Listening - optional
Candidates are assessed via a listening test lasting about 20 minutes and comprising 25 short listening tasks. In part 1 (13 questions), candidates listen to the same question three times, with three different answers to that question.They have to choose the correct answer. In part 2 (12 questions),candidates listen to a short conversation or announcement. They then read a question about what they have heard, with four possible answers. They have to choose the correct answer.