Study Business English at MCSE!


What is it?

The Business English (BEC) course at MCSE is designed to provide students with the practical skills and communication level required to succeed in an English-speaking, international business environment. In addition, the course prepares students to take the Cambridge-certified Business English exams (BEC) which are accepted worldwide by

  • leading employers
  • education institutions
  • government agencies
  • all categories of UK visa application, including Tier 2 and Tier 4 covering work and study

The exam assesses your ability to use English for a wide range of work-related functions including arranging appointments and meetings, understanding office communication, welcoming foreign visitors, giving information about a product or service, and much more.

Who is it for?

The course is for candidates who have experience of, or are interested in entering, a range of business fields, including marketing, production, financial services and general office work.

Aims of the course

The Business English (BEC) course at MCSE prepares students for working internationally in various business fields and/or to take the Cambridge Business English exams (BEC) by

  • teaching learners how to use English in business environments
  • studying a variety of business-related topics such as arranging meetings, job descriptions, staff motivation, recruitment, letter writing, e-business, business ethics
  • developing key language skills and cross-cultural communication skills through business orientated tasks
  • stimulating creative thinking and analysis by dealing with real life work situations
  • teaching exam tips and strategies
  • exam practice

Course levels – which one to study?

There are 3 courses available depending on your level of English – you will need to prove your level of English before acceptance on to the course:

  • Preliminary – intermediate level for practical every day use – CEFR Level B1 (IELTS band scores 4.0 – 5.0)
  • Vantage – upper intermediate – CEFR Level B2 (IELTS band scores 5.5 – 6.5)
  • Higher – advanced level for demanding study and work settings – CEFR Level C1 (IELTS band scores 7.0 – 8.0)

How long is the course? Do I need to do the whole course?

If you want to take one of the BEC exams, it is strongly recommended that you complete the full course which takes 8 weeks full-time with one optional extra week for exam practice.

If you do not want to take the exam and just wish to improve your Business English generally, or for specific areas of business, then it is not essential to complete the whole course and students will receive certification from MCSE detailing the topics and skills covered.

Course dates

The course has a specific start date and end date – such dates are determined by the number of students wishing to take the course at a given time.

The exam format

All four language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) plus knowledge of grammar and vocabulary are assessed in the exam. The diagram below shows the exam format.

 When is the exam taken?

Once your course has been completed, students can apply to take the BEC exam which runs at Cambridge centres regularly throughout the calendar year. Find your nearest centre at to obtain details of exam dates, exam costs and how to register for the exam. Your tutor at MCSE can also help you with this.

Further information

For further information about the BEC exams go to:

  • Cambridge accredited
  • Professional qualification
  • Study at MCSE
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