Level 2 Certificate in Business Languages

Why study Business Language?

The Level 2 course offers students the opportunity to further develop their foreign language skills in a range of real-life business contexts.  A range of productive and receptive skills are taught, including spoken and written language, which build on prior learning at GCSE.  If you are interested in an international career or want a highly sought after skill for your CV, then the Level Certificate in 2 Business Language course will help develop your language skills for a practical, work place environment.

What are the careers or further education that this course be suitable for?

The Business Language course should increase your passion for the foreign language and lay the groundwork for further study in other language courses such.  It is also essential for a wide variety of careers, not only in business, but also economics, politics, education and science.  65% of UK employers (CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2014) state that language skills are needed in their workplace.  Other professional careers also welcome a business language qualification, as it shows an ability to communicate effectively with other people, empathise with different people and cultures and show an interest in the wider global community. In a climate where language skills are in demand, but few people study them, a language qualification will set any candidate apart from the rest of the field.  Business Language students are in demand because they have a range of soft skills which can be transferred to other areas.

Key Information Summary:

Course Title  Level 2 Certificate in Business Language
Examination Board Chartered Insitute of Linguists
Linear Qualification? No
Course Webpage http://www.ciol.org.uk/clb#quicktabs-clb=0
Entry Requirements Grade C GCSE or above in the chosen foreign language
Contact Teacher Mrs Tate-Harratt:   etate-harratt@wilmslowhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

Course Details

The course is designed to encourage students to use their language skills in a range of real life, practical situations. There are six modules to complete throughout the course, which cover: Companies and organisations, Business communication and correspondence, International travel, Sales and marketing, Customer service and Rules and regulations.  This will give students practical experience in the classroom of how they could expect to use their languages skills in the work place.  It also provides opportunities for students to develop their group work and problem-solving skills, whilst developing their own learning and performance in both language and business.

We will also offer work experience placements for students to go onto local businesses and practise their language skills developed on the course. This will help students to contextualise their learning and see it in action.

The aim of the course is to develop students’ knowledge and awareness of the use of a foreign language in a business context, as well as promoting independent learning and thinking skills that may be valuable in future educational and business contexts.

 

Course Assessment

Students will complete the following units:

Unit 1- Speaking and Listening in the Foreign Language in a Business Context (50% of the qualification)

Controlled Assessment: (worth 35% of the unit)

  1. participate in a spoken dialogue in the foreign language (5 mins) (15% of the unit)
  2. listen to a recording in the foreign language and respond to questions in English (20 mins) (10% of the unit)
  3. deliver a short presentation in the foreign language (3 mins) (10%)

Examination: (worth 65% of the unit)

Listen to a recording in the foreign language to understand specific information, respond to questions in English, then give an oral response in the foreign language from a brief provided. An example would be listening to a voicemail message in target language, answering questions in English on the voicemail, then replying to the voicemail orally in the target language.

Unit 2- Reading and Writing in the Foreign Language in a Business Context (50% of the qualification)

Controlled Assessment:

  1. read a text and write an appropriate response in the foreign language (40 mins) (15% of the unit)
  2. read a text in the foreign language and respond to questions in English (20 mins) (10% of the unit)
  3. write a text, including the translation of detail, in the foreign language, from a brief in English (40 mins) (10% of the unit)

Examination:

Read a text in the foreign language to understand specific information, respond to questions in English, then write a response in the foreign language, from a brief in English.  An example would be responding in English to a letter enquiring about a product from an overseas company, then replying to the letter in the target language.