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BBSI has an outstanding international reputation for providing English language and vocational training courses. The School has excellent facilities and offers a friendly, informal, yet functional, learning environment, where students can prepare either for higher education or their future career. BBSI’s team of specialist tutors is committed to delivering practical training of the highest quality. The School offers students every opportunity to maximise their communicative abilities and develop their everyday confidence as international communicators in the English language

Certificate Courses

  • Certificate in General English (BC)
  • Certificate in Academic English with IELTS (BC)
  • Certificate in General English with IT (BC)
  • Certificate in Communications & Business Skills (BC, NCFE, C&G)

General English (GE)

General English (GE) is a flexible programme that can comprise 20 (GE 20), 24 (GE 24) or 30 (GE30) 45-minute lessons weekly. The courses are organised in modules that can be joined at any time during the year. Lessons are designed to develop students’ English language level in all 4 language skills, as well as develop grammar and build vocabulary. In addition, the programme forms the basis from which Elementary-level students can progress to more specialised training. GE courses are available from Elementary to Advanced level, and can be joined any Monday throughout the year with a maximum class size of 12. Individuals are tested on arrival and placed in international classes at appropriate language levels.

Course Content

  • 10 lessons grammar & functions
  • 2 lessons vocabulary development
  • 4 lessons reading & writing
  • 4 lessons listening, speaking & pronunciation
  • 4 lessons Academic Study Skills (GE 24 & 30)
  • 6 lessons examination training, culture literature & conversation (GE 30)

Course Objectives

  • to develop a sound knowledge of grammar
  • to acquire a broad range of relevant vocabulary
  • to develop effective listening & reading skills
  • to build fluency & confidence in speaking & pronunciation skills
  • to allow students to integrate into the UK culture & to maximise the learning experience

In addition, the GE 24 course aims to further develop academic reading & writing skills

In addition, the GE 30 course aims to provide practice for external examinations; to develop an understanding of British life & culture; to practise further speaking & conversation skills; to develop listening & reading skills via an introduction to English literature

Optional Examinations

Students will have the opportunity to prepare for the following Cambridge examinations at certain times of year:

  • KET (Elementary)
  • PET (Pre-Intermediate)
  • FCE (Upper-Intermediate)
  • CAE (Advanced)

Academic English with IELTS

The 4-12-week course Academic English with IELTS (AEI) comprises 30 lessons weekly and is designed for students with a minimum Intermediate level in English (IELTS 4.5), who require an internationally recognised English language qualification to prove their language ability to universities or employers. The AEI is especially suited to students who have either received a firm offer from a UK university or college, or have yet to choose their university course. The AEI comprises 20 lessons weekly in general English, plus a further 10 lessons weekly of IELTS preparation. Entry is throughout the year, with a maximum class size of 12. Individuals are tested on arrival and placed in international classes at appropriate language levels.

IELTS Examination Preparation. The IELTS elements focus on all 4 language skills, with structured development and practice so that students can approach the IELTS examination with confidence.

Course Content

  • 10 lessons grammar & functions
  • 2 lessons vocabulary development
  • 4 lessons reading & writing
  • 4 lessons listening, speaking & pronunciation
  • 10 lessons IELTS (academic version) Examination Practice & Academic Study Skills

Course Objectives

  • to develop a sound knowledge of grammar
  • to acquire a broad range of relevant vocabulary
  • to develop effective listening & reading skills
  • to build fluency in speaking & pronunciation
  • to allow students to integrate into the British culture to maximise the learning experience
  • to provide examination practice, prepare students for all 4 IELTS examination papers & enable learners to approach the IELTS examination with greater confidence
  • to further develop academic reading & writing skills

Optional Examinations

Students will have the opportunity to prepare for the following Cambridge examinations at certain times of year:

  • FCE (Upper-Intermediate)
  • CAE (Advanced)

General English with IT

The English with IT Skills course comprises 24 (EIT 24) or 28 (EIt 28) lessons weekly. This course is designed to develop all 4 language skills and grammar usage, as well as build vocabulary and develop Academic Study Skills. The 4 IT lessons weekly offer tutor-guided project work, the use of a variety of basic IT software packages and the full ECDL syllabus. Entry is any Monday throughout the year, and there is a maximum class size of 12. Individuals are tested on arrival and placed in international classes at appropriate language levels. Entry level is Intermediate (IELTS 5.0) or above.

Course Content

  • 10 lessons grammar & functions
  • 2 lessons vocabulary development
  • 2 lessons reading & writing
  • 4 lessons listening, speaking & pronunciation
  • 4 lessons computing & IT Skills
  • 4 lessons Academic Study Skills (EIT 28)

Course Objectives

  • to develop a sound knowledge of grammar
  • to acquire a broad range of relevant vocabulary
  • to develop effective listening & reading skills
  • to build fluency & confidence in speaking & pronunciation skills
  • to allow students to integrate into British culture & to maximise the learning experience
  • to acquire suitable vocabulary for computing & IT
  • to develop an overview of the Windows operating system
  • to access the Internet & familiarise participants with e-mail techniques
  • to develop a range of word-processing skills using Microsoft Word
  • to create spreadsheets, graphs & simple-format charts using Microsoft Excel
  • to develop basic skills using Microsoft PowerPoint
  • In addition, the EIT 28 course aims to:
  • to further develop academic reading & writing skills

Optional Examinations

Students taking the EIT 28 option will have the opportunity to prepare for the following Cambridge examinations at certain times of year:

  • FCE (Upper-Intermediate)
  • CAE (Advanced)
  • IELTS
  • ECDL

Communications & Business Skills

The Certificate in Communications and Business Skills (CBS) programme is a 4-12-week course, comprising 26 lessons weekly, available throughout the year. The course is designed to provide a sound basis in language, vocabulary, communications skills and current business concepts. The CBS leads to BBSI and NCFE awards, an optional ECDL qualification, and the City & Guilds Vocational Key Skills Certificate (Level 3). Entry level is Intermediate (IELTS 5.0) or above.

Course Content

  1. English Language: Language is taught in context to support the study of business skills and their related topics, and to develop and practise professional communication skills.
  2. Skills: oral communication; presenting / PowerpointTM; business correspondence; telephoning; negotiating; reporting; meetings/debating
  3. Business Topics: finance; international trade; market research & advertising; customer services

Course Objectives

  • to develop English-language communication skills in a business & professional context
  • to provide a foundation in business knowledge
  • to provide a practical programme relevant to the modern working environment
  • to build confidence & enable effective communication
  • to develop vocational key skills

 Examinations

  •  Vocational Key Skills - Students completing the full 12-week CBS programme will develop a portfolio of work. Course includes the following: City & Guilds Vocational Key Skills Certificate (Level 3) examinations: communications skills; application of number; IT

Optional Examinations

  • IELTS
  • ECDL

Certificate, Higher-Certificate, Diploma and University Foundation Courses

  • Management & Business Administration (BC, NCFE, C&G, CMI)
  • Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations (BC, NCFE, C&G)
  • Finance & Financial Services (BC, NCFE, C&G)
  • Legal Studies, European & Commercial Law (BC, NCFE, C&G)
  • Computing & IT (BC, NCFE, C&G)
  • Science & Technology (BC, NCFE, C&G)
  • Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Management (BC, NCFE, C&G, VA)

The School’s university foundation courses are externally assessed and overseen by the University of Buckingham. BBSI achieves excellent results in placing its graduates at a range of quality universities and our foundation programmes are specifically designed to prepare students for undergraduate or postgraduate entry to British universities. BBSI will arrange all university placements.

Summer Certificate Courses

  • Certificate in General English (BC)
  • Certificate in Academic English with IELTS (BC)
  • Certificate in Communications & Business Skills (BC, NCFE, C&G)
  • Certificate in International Business English (BC)
  • Certificate in Marketing & Business Skills (BC)
  • Certificate in Finance & Business Skills (BC)
  • Certificate in Travel, Tourism & Business Skills (BC)
  • • Certificate in International Law & Business Skills (BC)

International Business English /IBE/

The International Business English course offers 20-lesson weekly (IBE 20), or 30-lesson weekly (IBE 30) options, and is designed in modular format for flexibility. This popular and effective training programme provides participants with a sound basis in language, vocabulary, communications skills and current business concepts, and is aimed at students with limited time who are seeking to study effective language and business skills. Those choosing the IBE 30 option will have the opportunity to hone additional business skills and study a wider range of topics. Entry level is Intermediate (IELTS 5.0) or above.

Course Content

  1. English Language. The language is taught in context to support the study of business skills and related topics: tenses & sentence structure; vocabulary building; levels of formality in spoken & written English; skills development & practice; study skills; pronunciation and spelling.
  2. Business Components: management & managing people; recruitment; finance; international sales & trade; marketing
  3. Skills Components: writing; meetings; telephoning; negotiating

The IBE 30 focuses on developing additional business communication skills, and is specifically designed to build confidence through active participation in such activities as discussions, simulations and role-play.

Entry Requirements: Intermediate Level

Period of Study: 2-12 weeks

Marketing & Business Skills /MBS/

The Marketing & Business Skills (MBS) programme is an intensive summer course that enables students to study business English skills that focus on marketing. There are 20-lesson (MBS 20) and 30-lesson (MBS 30) options and, for flexibility, the course is modular in format and designed in both structure and content for those requiring English in an international marketing environment, and who have a work or study-related background in marketing, advertising or public relations. Entry level is Intermediate (IELTS 5.0), or above.

  1. Marketing Components. The specialist components enable learners to focus on current marketing issues and case studies, and to develop appropriate business vocabulary and professional skills. Elements include: customer needs & the marketing process; segmentation & behaviour; products & brands; pricing strategies; product engineering; marketing services; distribution channels; advertising; public relations & sales promotions; global marketing management; e-Commerce b2b; relationship marketing
  2. Skills Components: writing; presentations; meetings; telephoning; negotiating

The MBS 30 focuses on developing additional communication skills for the business environment. The teaching materials are varied and mainly authentic, and include audio and video facilities. The extra module specifically designed to build confidence through active participation in such activities as discussions, simulations and role-play.

Entry Requirements: Intermediate level

Period of Study: 2-12 weeks

Finance & Business Skills /FBS/

The Finance and Business Skills (FBS) programme is an intensive summer course that enables students to study business English skills that focus on finance and financial services. There are 20-lesson (FBS 20) and 30-lesson (FBS 30) options and, for flexibility, the course is modular in format and designed in both structure and content for those requiring English language in the environment of international finance, and who have a work or study-related background in finance or financial services. Entry level is Intermediate (IELTS 5.0), or above.

  1. Finance Components. The specialist components enable learners to focus on current finance issues and case studies, and to develop appropriate business vocabulary and professional skills. Elements include: financial statements, i.e. balance sheets, cash flow & profit & loss accounts; financial ratios, analysis & comparative international accounts; sources & types of business finance; stock exchanges & financial markets; investments & investment strategy; financial planning; corporate banking; financial services for individuals & businesses; assurance, insurance & pensions; corporate brands
  2. Skills Components: writing; presentations; meetings; telephoning; negotiating

The FBS 30 focuses on developing additional communication skills for the business environment. The teaching materials are varied and mainly authentic, and include audio and video facilities. The extra module specifically designed to build confidence through active participation in such activities as discussions, simulations and role-play.

Entry Requirements: Intermediate level

Period of Study: 2-12 weeks

Travel, Tourism & Business Skills /TBS/

The Travel, Tourism & Business Skills (TBS) programme is an intensive summer course that enables students to study business English skills that focus on travel and tourism. There are 20-lesson (TBS 20) and 30-lesson (TBS 30) options and, for flexibility, the course is modular in format and designed in both structure and content for those requiring English language in the environment of international travel, tourism and hospitality management, who have a work or study-related background in the travel and tourism industry. Entry level is Intermediate (IELTS 5.0), or above.

  1. Tourism Components. The specialist components enable learners to focus on current practice in the travel and tourism industry, while also developing vocabulary and professional skills. Elements include: development of tourism; travel agency operations; marketing & customer service in hospitality; travel geography; legislation & planning; mass & independent operators; airline business; business travel; marketing analysis & research; pricing & marketing of package tours; tourism & the environment
  2. Skills Component: writing; presentations; meetings; telephoning; negotiating

The TBS 30 focuses on developing additional communication skills for the business environment. The teaching materials are varied and mainly authentic, and include audio and video facilities. The extra module specifically designed to build confidence through active participation in such activities as discussions, simulations and role-play.

Entry Requirements: Intermediate level

Period of Study: 2-12 weeks

International Law & Business Skills /LBS/

International Law & Business Skills The International Law and Business Skills (LBS) programme is an intensive summer course that enables students to study business English skills that focus on legal studies and international law. There are 20-lesson (LBS 20) and 30-lesson (LBS 30) options and, for flexibility, the course is modular in format and designed in both structure and content for those requiring English language in the environment of international law, who have a work or study-related background in legal studies. Entry level is Intermediate (IELTS 5.0), or above.

  1. Law Components. The specialist components enable learners to focus on current practice in law and related legal studies, while also developing vocabulary and professional skills. Elements include: commercial law; contract law; European law; employment law; consumer protection; human rights; legal systems & hierarchy; damages & liability; current affairs & the Law; criminal law; intellectual property; corporate law;
  2. Skills Components: writing; presentations; meetings; telephoning; negotiating

The LBS 30 focuses on developing additional communication skills for the business environment. The teaching materials are varied and mainly authentic, and include audio and video facilities. The extra module specifically designed to build confidence through active participation in such activities as discussions, simulations and role-play.

Entry Requirements: Intermediate level

Period of Study: 2-12 weeks

Specialised Certificate Courses

  • Nursing & Healthcare (BC, NCFE)
  • Logistics Management, Purchasing & Supply (Inst of Logistics)
  • Aviation [Air Traffic Control; Pilot Training (CAA; JAA)
  • Military Training (external accreditation)
  • Police Training and Internal Security Operations (external accreditation)
  • Fire Safety & Crash Rescue (CAP 360; JAR Ops Fire & Smoke)