Business and Professional English core programme

This Business English language course is for anyone who wants to improve their English skills within a business context.

ELTC Business and Professional English class

Programme overview

  • Level: CEFR B2 to C1
  • Cost: £405 per week - fee includes all tuition and materials
  • When: October - June (Term 1, 2 & 3) subject to demand
  • Hours:
    • 12.5 hours of tutor-led classes
    • weekly 1 to 1 tutorial
    • 7-10 hours of guided independent study per week
  • Maximum Class Size: 8 students

Who is this course for? 

Our Core Business and Professional English Programme covers all of the essential skills and language you need to be successful in your workplace. The course is taught by Business and Language professionals and runs from October 2022 to June 2023.

The course is ideal for company personnel who wish to improve their Professional Skills and Business English language in a commercial context in the shortest possible time. Participants will usually have several years professional working experience and already be well established in their chosen career.

Our clients typically work in the following industries:

  • Financial services
  • Legal services
  • Manufacturing
  • Media communications
  • Management and Leadership
  • Operations
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Logistics
  • National Government and Administration
  • Local government and Administration

The course will benefit any company employee who needs to develop effective communication skills in English for use in their working life.

Learning Business English has broadened my horizons globally. I no longer hesitate to speak in English.

Yoshiki Sasa

Assistant Manager, Toyo Aluminium KK Japan

What are the benefits?

Whichever course you decide to take with us, you can expect to improve your Business and Professional English in the following ways:

  • Communicate more confidently
  • Speak more accurately and fluently
  • Write more accurately and fluently
  • Participate more successfully in meetings
  • Improve your written English including emailing
  • Expand your professional vocabulary
  • Improve your understanding of grammar
  • Socialise and network with greater confidence
  • Work successfully in a cross-cultural environment

In addition to the advantages outlined above, you can expect to be able to manage meetings and negotiations more effectively, improve your presentation skills, expand your business vocabulary, use the telephone with greater confidence as well as being able to discuss management theory and leadership skills with greater confidence.

Course outline

The course comprises 12.5 hours of tutor-led classes, weekly 1 to 1 tutorial and 7-10 hours of guided independent study per week. The following areas are covered:

  • Communication skills
  • Meetings – covering such topics as:
    • Agreeing and disagreeing
    • Interrupting
    • Asking appropriate questions
    • Clarifying and confirming
    • Asking for comments
    • Summarising
    • Challenging/defending an opinion
    • Persuading and compromising
    • Making proposals, offers and suggestions
    • Opening/closing meetings.
  • Management (Theory and Practice) – This is taught by experienced lecturers from The University of Sheffield Management School and is delivered in an interactive lecture format. There are plenty of opportunities for questions and discussion. It is also possible to audit specific lectures and presentations on the MBA and MSc in Management programmes at the University of Sheffield Management School.
  • Negotiating including persuasion, selling techniques
  • Presentations including: Presentation of one’s own work, organisation and products/services and figures and graphs and describing economic and social trends
  • Pronunciation and voice training
  • Business English vocabulary
  • Emailing, teleconferencing and telephoning in English
  • Networking skills
  • Case studies and discussion
  • Cross-cultural awareness, communication & working, including intercultural understanding
  • Economist and Harvard Business Review Readings
  • Current affairs focusing on BBC news and listening

Personal tutorial

During the course you will also receive regular 1 to 1 tutorials with an ELTC tutor. These tutorials are similar to a private lesson and you can choose which areas of business and professional English you would like to focus on each week.

For example, you could practise speaking for presentations or negotiations, get more detailed writing feedback or look at areas of English grammar. The ELTC's language tutorials offer you the opportunity to receive individual teaching and be directly involved in setting your own language goals.

Group size

Maximum 8 students per group from a diverse range of nationalities. 

Dates, fees and entry requirements


The minimum enrolment period for the Business and Professional English Core Programme is two weeks. You can request to join on any Monday during our standard full-time term dates:

Standard full-time term dates

The course requires a minimum number of students to run, and may not be available between your requested dates.

If you require a course outside of the dates listed above, we may be able to offer this. Please visit our Special and bespoke courses page for more information.

Tuition fee

Tuition fees in the 2022-23 academic year are £405 per week for the core Business & Professional English programme. This covers:

  • All tuition
  • Materials and textbooks
  • Weekly 1 to 1 tutorial
  • Full report that includes our assessment of your competence and our trainer's recommendations for further study.
  • Comprehensive Social Programme Company visits
  • Interactive Business and Management lecture every two weeks
  • Full enrolment as a student of The University of Sheffield: Benefits include discounted gym membership, swimming pool and use of sports facilities, reduced travel costs on public transport in Sheffield and reductions at many restaurants and bars. 

Entry requirements and average age of participants

The minimum English requirement for the course is 5.0 overall in IELTS / 650 in TOEIC or similar.

We do not teach children or young adults. Most participants have several years’ experience of working. The minimum age is 25 and there is no maximum age. The average age of our clients is 33.

Therefore you will be studying in a serious environment with highly motivated people.

Accommodation, flights and social programme

Please see the links below for information about accommodation, flight transfers and the ELTC social programme:

Accommodation and travel

Social programme


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Business & Professional English Enquiry Form

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