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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is ideal for students who want to improve their English skills for use in a wide range of business and financial contexts.
  • It combines general English with specialist Business and Finance-related topics.
  • Students also have the option to prepare for the Cambridge BEC examination through additional one-to-one lessons.

Key Facts

Available in

  • London

Start dates:

  • Every Monday between 2 January and 10 December 2019 
  • Every Monday between 6 January and 7 December 2020

Entry level:

  • Lower Intermediate (Kings Level 4)


  • 16+


  • Minimum 2 weeks

Class size:

  • Maximum 14

Lessons per week:

  • 28 lessons per week total (21 hours).  20 lessons (15 hours) General English + 8 lessons (6 hours) Business and Finance

Included in the price:

  • 28 lessons per week (21 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Course materials
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation and progress tests
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to Classmate, the Kings online learning platform
  • Free Wi-fi at school
  • Regular accompanied visits to companies and financial institutions 
  • Full access to Kings social programme, with at least two free activities per week
  • Full access to join Kings’ school clubs and societies
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)
"I am studying Economics in Brazil so I thought this course would be the best one. We work in groups a lot and the class is not very big so we can interact pretty well with the other students and I like that a lot."
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Section 2: Course structure and content

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) per week of General English
  • 8 lessons (6 hours) per week Business and Finance

General English lessons

Your general English lessons will be designed to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening at a consistent rate. Each week, lessons will focus on a different topic.

Key areas covered include:

Communication skills

  • Conversational language skills
  • Listening and accents
  • Reading and interpretation
  • Writing and presenting

Linguistic resources

  • Building your vocabulary bank
  • Fine tuning your pronunciation
  • Interpretation of texts
  • Grammar and syntax

Study skills

  • Note taking and revision
  • Research skills
  • Time management and planning
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Team work and leadership
  • Presenting an argument
  • Discussion skills

You will be assigned to your general English class based on your current Kings Level. We have classes suitable for students at Level 1 (Beginner) right through to Level 8 (Advanced), and you will progress up through the levels as your skills improve and your confidence grows.

Specialised Business and Finance lessons

Students taking this course will explore the many different areas of modern business English.

Lessons will typically focus on these key areas:

  • Business and finance terminology
  • Writing and preparing formal business documents in English
  • Giving business presentations
  • Business case studies
  • Other aspects of professional communication skills
  • Educational visits

Example topics covered include:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Accounting and investment
  • Human resources
  • Office management

Real-life business experience

Students will visit a leading business and financial institution every two weeks. They will attend meetings, communicate with professionals, carry out project research and work on business case-studies. Sample visits include:

  • Lloyds of London
  • London Metal Exchange
  • British Museum money gallery
  • Museum of Brands
  • Old Royal Naval College
  • The Bank of England
  • Other London based companies

Cambridge BEC (Business English Certificate) preparation

  • Students taking the English Plus Business and Finance Course have the option to prepare for the Cambridge BEC Exam (through one-to-one lessons, supplement applies)
  • The Cambridge Business English Certificates (BEC) are internationally recognised qualifications which show that students can use English appropriately in a business context.

Section 3: Meet the teacher – Andrew Allen-Tidy

  • Andrew teaches on the English Plus Business and Finance course at Kings London.
  • He previously ran established leisure businesses, developed new business and e-commerce platforms, and specialised in enabling the rapid expansion of young businesses.
  • He decided to retire from business when he was 50 because he wanted a new challenge and to give something back into society.
  • Andy's level of expertise and contacts in industry have enabled students to embark on educational visits to prestigious institutions, and some very senior travel industry figures have delivered talks at the school.
  • He is also CELTA and CIM (Chartered Institute or Marketing) qualified.

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team