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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This course is ideal for students who want to combine English with international business topics such as leadership, finance, advertising and competition.
  • You will develop the skills essential for communicating successfully within the international context of modern business.

Key Facts

Available in

  • Bournemouth

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+ (18+ for internship placement)


  • 2 – 12 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) International Business

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
  • Accompanied visit or talk by external speaker every 4 weeks
  • 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)
"We discussed at length how business skills can be developed through work experience, volunteering and company visits."

Section 2: Course structure and content

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

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 International Business lessons

The content for the International Business element of the course can be expected to cover topics such as the below:

  • Organisations — what makes a successful organisation?
  • Finance — using financial terms and describing trends
  • Marketing – marketing products internationally, and the problems this may incur
  • Risk — why do some companies fail? Describe how to manage risks
  • Advertising — planning an advertising campaign; the media and their and methods
  • Innovation — how is e-commerce changing our world?

Example practical activities may include:

  • Employing the right candidate for the job — prepare for and role play a meeting discussing hiring a new staff member
  • Give a mock sales pitch to potential investors
  • Prepare and present an advertising campaign

Business case-studies:

  • You will look at real-life case studies to learn from the successes and failures of other international organisations

Section 3: Optional internship placement

Students taking the English Plus International Business course at Kings Bournemouth will have the opportunity to take an optional internship placement at the end of their course.

Why take an internship?

  • An internship is a great way for students to put into practice their newly acquired English language skills in a real-life context.
  • You will gain valuable experience of working within your chosen industry.
  • Show future employers and educators that you are capable of working within a professional environment and committed to succeeding within their chosen industry.

How it works:

  1. The Kings Work Placement Coordinator will meet each student one-to-one to discuss their internship goals, review their CV and cover letter, and provide other support such as interview preparation where necessary.
  2. Once successfully placed, students will have a visit from their Kings tutor during their placement to check their progress.
  3. Upon successful completion of the placement, students will be asked to return a written review of their experience and will be awarded a certificate of completion and written reference from their host employer.

What’s included:

  • One-to-one meeting with Kings staff member to review your CV and interview preparation
  • Assignment of suitable placement
  • Follow-up visit from Kings tutor whilst on placement
  • End of placement certificate
  • Reference on headed paper from employer on successful completion of placement
  • Kings accommodation (with host family or in residence) for first 4 weeks of your internship placement, and accommodation for the remaining placement duration where possible

Available industries and sectors:

See below for a list of available industries and sectors for internship placements:

  • Tourism & hospitality
  • Catering
  • Event management
  • Customer service
  • Finance & accounts
  • Human resources
  • Civil engineering
  • Marketing & digital marketing
  • Web design
  • Social media

Please note that placement within your chosen position or sector is not guaranteed. Acceptance for a placement is dependent on students successfully completing the application/recruitment process and being offered a position by the employer.

Thank you for your enquiry.
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The Kings Admissions Team