Professional Certificate in Ireland: General English + Business Certificate in Summer

What is a Summer General English + Business Certificate?

Our experienced academic team developed this course having in mind the ubiquitousness of English in all aspects of our lives. We are living in a world of constantly growing levels of globalisation, interconnectivity and cross-border business communications. English is the language of the internet and of media industry, particularly online with the highest percentage of content on the internet written in English.

Our business English certificates take a developmental approach to learning and polishing your language skills in the business world. These are dynamic and practical courses with an emphasis on developing your communication language around key topics and skills that can be applied to a workplace.

The Programme

If you’re looking to improve your English in a formal setting during the summer, this course is for you. Our summer General English plus business certificate courses in Galway are comprised of two parts. You will study General English in the morning in international classes followed by 10 lessons in the afternoon targeting one of the following topics:

  • Marketing
  • Digital
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Media
  • Leadership

The morning part will offer you General English lessons while the afternoon part will expose you to key business jargon used in the world of marketing, digital, entrepreneurship, leadership or social media.

General English courses are our most popular programmes and can help you achieve real fluency and prepare you for further study or a successful career.

The business element of the course will cover some of the business topics mentioned above in a more informal setting where the classroom becomes an excellent place to engage in conversations. Students expand their business-related vocabulary and skills in English while at the same time improving overall grammatical accuracy and communicative competence.

Business English certificates include vocabulary and phrases used in business and professional surroundings, entrepreneurial settings, social media writing or simply delivering business presentations.

  • Minimum Course Length

    2 weeks

  • Lessons a Week

    30 lessons
    45 minutes per lesson

  • Minimum English Level


  • Cost


  • Start Dates

    10 June, 08 July, 22 July
    06 Aug, 19 Aug

  • Minimum Age


  • Maximum Class Size


  • Lesson times

    Mon - Fri 9.00 - 15.00

Minimum English language requirements

To be eligible to enrol on our summer business English certificate, you will need to possess a reasonably competent level of English ability. At a minimum you must have a level B1 on the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), which assesses a person’s aptitude with the language. 

In simple terms, this will mean you have an ‘intermediate’ level of English, where you have moved beyond the basics of the language but would not yet be able to study or work exclusively in English. At CEFR B1 level you can understand:

  • the main points on common subjects at school, work or while traveling
  • both general and specific details as long as they are spoken clearly to you
  • written information on subjects of interest to you

Summer Certificates


Who is this Summer General English + Business Certificate for?

Designed for students looking intending to upskills their general English skills, as well as for those wanting to improve specific terminology and vocabulary related to business topics such as marketing or digital marketing, our business English course summer aims to help students grasp main aspects of conversational business English within a short timeframe.

The Summer General English + Business Certificate are:

  • Ideal for students who have an entrepreneurial spirit
  • The perfect platform for students who wish to pursue further studies or move straight into the workplace
  • Opening many doors and bring new career opportunities

English is the dominant business language and it has almost become a requirement for people to speak English if they are to enter the global workforce. Having Business English certificates on your resume might be set you apart from the competition.

Objectives of our Summer General English + Business Certificate

Our English language business certificates give students the chance to put the language they know in action and expand their range of functional language as well as develop business communication skills and language needed for real-world interactions.

Our main aims are to ensure you:

  • feel confident and prepared to use English in any setting
  • enhance your communication skills so you can interact with English speakers effectively outside the classroom in the real world
  • Learn business English 
  • Improve your existing English skills as well as build up new knowledge

Our Summer General English + Business Certificate focus on developing key business and business English language skills. The course will boot your confidence in everyday communication, work or social situations and business settings, through intensive speaking practice.

Why should I study for a summer business certificate?

Knowing English increases your chances of getting a job in a multinational company in your home country or finding work abroad while you travel the world. While English is a global language, it is also clear that business English is an essential tool that you need to be able to utilise not only in the corporate business world, but also in business related tasks that would be the norm in general working settings.

Completion of an appropriate business course can significantly increase your chances of professional development and success in these areas. 

Here at GCI we use only the most modern and up-to-date materials and our course book choice reflects this. Your GeneralEnglsih course is structured around an excellent 12-week syllabus. The syllabus is linked to the Common European Framework (CEFR) 'Can Do Statements'. Our talented teachers make changes depending on your specific needs and requirements, and introduce you to additional materials as appropriate.

In the afternoon business English lesson, you are exposed to a great number of opportunities to practise your business English.

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