Kickstart’s Cambridge English: Business Exam Preparation Course provides intensive exam training to prepare students for the Cambridge English: Business (BEC) exams, either at Vantage (B2) or Higher (C1) level. These exams help students develop practical skills for use in international business environments and are accepted as an official language qualification by business organisations worldwide (to check a particular institution’s requirements, see the Cambridge English website). This certification does not expire.
The exam consists of four papers (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking) and tests skills such as expressing one’s viewpoint on business-related issues and current events, writing emails, interpreting reports, summarising graphs, and reading longer business articles. This course is offered as a private course. It provides practice in all these skills and helps students develop effective test-taking strategies.
A strong B2 or C1 level is required to enrol in this course as it provides intensive exam training only for the Vantage or Higher level, respectively. If students need to develop and strengthen their language skills first, they should also enrol in Kickstart’s Upper-Intermediate/Advanced Business English Course.
Materials PASS Cambridge BEC Vantage - Self-Study Practice Tests with Key (ISBN 9781902741413), or PASS Cambridge BEC Higher - Self-Study Practice Tests with Key (ISBN 9781902741420); ± €30-40
KickstartNet, our online learning platform
Length 10 hours (recommended package)
Format Flexible; a semi-intensive option can be created by combining this course with our Upper-Intermediate/Advanced Business English Course.
Group size Individual
Homework 5 hours per lesson
Price €600 (based on a 10-hour package; excluding the course book and the exam fee, which must be paid by the student directly to the British Council when registering for the exam).
For our private courses, we offer a money-back guarantee: if you are not satisfied after the first lesson, we will refund you the full course fee (less €15 administration costs + the cost of the first lesson).
Cancellation policy Kickstart School adheres to a standard 24-hour cancellation policy. If a student would like to rearrange or cancel a lesson, Kickstart/the teacher must be contacted at least 24 hours in advance, otherwise for the full amount for that lesson will still be charged. Including rescheduled lessons, the total duration of the course cannot exceed 1.5 times the originally-planned course duration. Lessons left over after this period will be forfeited.
Highlighted below is the language level of this course. Other courses at this language level can also be seen, as well as follow-on courses.
|CEFR Level||General Courses||Conversation & Practical Courses||Business Courses||Exam Preparation Courses||Online Courses|
- Cambridge: First (FCE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Vantage
|- Academic English
- Business English
- Cambridge: Advanced (CAE)
- Cambridge: Business (BEC) Higher
|- Academic English
- Business English
10+ hours (for 1 person)
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My first contact with Kickstart School was after 1 month of living in The Netherlands, when I started to study Dutch. At the time I didn’t have any knowledge of the language, but with their courses organized by levels I developed important language skills and learned about the Dutch culture. They all do a great job at Kickstart because their motto it’s not just a motto – they are really pleased to teach you. You learn a language in a friendly atmosphere, make new friends from all over the world, and all in a cosy building right in the heart of The Hague.
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