About this course

Realise your full potential at work

English is essential if you want to get ahead in today’s fast-paced global economy. Therefore, this course has been specifically designed to give you the skills required to communicate effectively in the world’s business language.

The course is focused on contexts that are relevant to your working life. So your teacher will select materials to help you with the specific areas you want to improve. These might include negotiating skills, telephone and teleconference skills, giving presentations or managing meetings.

Everything you need to help you realise your full potential at work.

On this course you will:

  • Improve every aspect of your English to better communicate more effectively  in the workplace 
  • Use targeted, up-to-date business materials that help with specific areas in which you want to improve
  • Put you in touch with other professionals, allowing you to share business ideas and solutions as well as building your professional network 

Why should you choose this course from the British Council?

Learn the world’s business language with the world’s English experts and you will:

  • Be taught by highly qualified teachers
  • Experience business focused lessons that use modern techniques, allowing you to practice English through role-plays, presentations and written tasks
  • Gain access to the world’s largest online learning resource with specific business learning tools
  • See your skills progress in all areas relevant to your workplace

The right level for you.

We offer Business English courses to suit everyone and have grouped ability levels into 4 categories, from pre-intermediate level for those with basic English skills right up to advanced for those who have almost mastered the language. 

  • Pre-intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-intermediate
  • Advanced.

If you’re a new British Council student you’ll need to take a placement test to find out which is the right course level for you. These tests take place in our teaching centres in Agouza and Heliopolis and you can book your placement test online on here.

How will I be assessed? 

At the end of the course, you will receive a grade based on your progress in speaking, listening, reading and writing, and also on your test scores. 

If you pass, you will progress to the next level. If you are not successful,  you may repeat the course. You must attend at least 10 out of 14 lessons to pass.

Where is this course taught?

Additional information


You will need to buy a textbook in time for your first lesson. They’re available at the British Council bookshops in Agouza and Heliopolis. If you tell the clerk which course you are taking, they’ll know which book to give you.

Bookshop opening times

  • Agouza is open Sunday to Thursday, from 10.00–14.30 and 16.00–20.30. For the first two weeks of term this bookshop extends its opening hours to include the following times:

Friday 09.00–14.00 and 15.00–18.00 
Saturday 09.00–14.30 and 16.00–20.00.

  •  Heliopolis is open Saturday to Thursday, 09.00–19.00. For the first two weeks of term it will also open at these times on Friday.

Free online resources

Visit the LearnEnglish website for free resources to assist your learning.


Refunds are only available if the course is cancelled by the British Council or if you can prove that you are unable to complete the course due to serious illness, a loss or bereavement, or another personal trauma.

If a refund is offered, you will be issued with a course credit. This credit must be used within six months. Read more about our refund policy

Calendar and pricing

When are classes held?

Lessons take place on the following days and times:

  • Saturday and Monday 
  • Sunday and Tuesday 
  • Sunday and Wednesday 
  • Monday and Wednesday
  • Tuesday and Thursday 

 Times offered

  • 10.30-13.00
  • 13.30-16.00
  • 16.30-19.00
  • 19.15-21.45

During the summer terms the Business English courses will be run intensively, 3 times a week for 3 hours per lesson. Please contact us for further details.

* Please note: Not every course is run on all the days and times listed above. When you register for your course you will be told which days and times are available. 

Where are classes held?

Business English is available at Agouza. Visit our Agouza teaching centre page for more information about this location. 

How much does the course cost?

Course – 1990 LE
Textbook – 290 –315 LE
Placement test for new students – 110LE

Business English terms dates 2016

Term Dates 
Term 1 5 September - 1 November 2016
Term 2 2 November - 21 December 2016
Term 3 15 January - 6 March 2017
Term 4 12 March - 4 May 2017
Term 5              8 May - 25 June 2017
Term 6      9 July – 27 August 2017