Cambridge English: Business Certificates, also known as Business English Certificates (BEC), are a suite of three English language qualifications for
international business. Each one is targeted at a different level:
1st exam level - Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (BEC Preliminary) – CEFR Level B1
2nd exam level - Cambridge English: Business Vantage (BEC Vantage) – CEFR Level B2
3rd exam level - Cambridge English: Business Higher (BEC Higher) – CEFR Level C1
A Cambridge English: Business Preliminary certificate shows that you can:
talk about business subjects
understand charts and graphs
write a short business email
follow short telephone conversations.
A Cambridge English: Business Vantage certificate shows that you can:
write short business messages and reports
read articles from business publications
listen to, understand and give your opinions in meetings.
A Cambridge English: Business Higher certificate shows that you can:
communicate effectively at managerial and professional level
participate with confidence in workplace meetings and presentations
express yourself with a high level of fluency
react appropriately in different cultural and social situations.
Why choose Cambridge English: BEC?
The Cambridge English: BEC is accepted globally by top multinational corporations like Procter & Gamble, HSBC and AstraZeneca, as well as education institutions and business schools such as London South Bank University and ICN Business School
It allows you to achieve your ambitions in international business
The trusted qualifications help boost your employability as you get the English language skills you need to access the best jobs
Cambridge English: Business Preliminary (CEFR level B1) is made up of 3 papers:
Reading & Writing
Exam length: About 2 hours 20 minutes
Cambridge English: Business Vantage (CEFR level B2) is made up of 4 papers:
Exam length: About 2 hours 40 minutes
Cambridge English: Business Higher (CEFR level C1 ) is made up of 4 papers:
Exam length: About 3 hours
What can I do with my BEC qualification?
Many universities in the UK recognise BEC Higher as an entry requirement for business related courses.
Preparing for the BEC Exams
The BEC courses have mainly been conducted as in-house training courses for companies of different industry. Contact us if you are looking for professional development courses or in-house training for your organisation.