Business Essentials Course

Business Essentials Course

What is it?

The Business Essentials Course is designed to give you a solid introduction to business studies, including topics such as communication in the workplace, promotion and marketing, and human resources management.

When you participate in the Business Essentials course, you will also acquire information about the geography and economy of Canada and become familiar with Canadian workplace culture, business laws and ethics. This information will help you immediately when you search for jobs in Canada including a resume that will be sure to catch an employer’s attention.

Who is this course for?

The Business Essentials Course is designed for you if you have no or little prior work experience and are seeking employment in an English-speaking environment in areas such as administrative, clerical, retail and marketing. It will be a great benefit of you are new to Canada and want to improve your knowledge of the culture and language required for employment in North America.

What will you gain?

  • A professional resume
  • Presentation skills
  • Skills to effectively deal with customer complaints
  • Information about the geography and economy of Canada
  • Ability to identify various forms of businesses
  • Effective communication skills within a professional work environment
  • Information employer expectations, particularly in North America
  • Familiarization about Canadian workplace culture and ethics

What will my schedule be like?

The Business Essentials Course includes field trips and presentations in addition to class work, homework assignments and exams. The course is divided into 4 week modules with each module addressing a different aspect of the business industry in Canada.

  •  90 contact hours per module. (22.5 hours per week)
  •  10 hours of supervised computer lab work.
  • Weekly assessments.
  • Group presentations.
  • 20 hours of homework per module.

Content changes according to the module. The following is an overview of a generic day in the classroom.

9:00 – 10:00 Speaking Practice and Homework review  
10:10-11:10 Vocabulary for job candidates Students use this time to review and put into context any new vocabulary or industry phrasing relevant to the topics covered in that weeks module. This would also be the time block(s) where the instructor would introduce any new materials to be studied.
11:20-12:20 Group presentation preparation

Team work is an important component of the workplace. Group presentations provide students an opportunity to build team work skills which are integral to the course and successful completion of the Diploma.

Students are often assigned a presentation to be given by their group in the afternoon.

12:20-1:20 Lunch A much needed break and a chance to make any last minute preparations for your upcoming presentations!
1:20-2:20 Group presentation Time to show your hard work.
2:30-3:30 Exam Workshop This is a time for team work and personalized instruction from your teacher as you prepare for your weekly exams.

How long is the course and when can I enroll?

The program consists of aa 12-week course followed by a 12-week practicum.

New students are accepted into the course every four weeks following the completion of each module.*

*See see dates above for details

What are the admission requirements?

  • High School graduation or equivalent.
  • Be 18 years of age
  • English language proficiency equal to TOIEC 500 or, International House level 4, (Lower Intermediate), or Canadian Language benchmark 5.
  • Successful completion of an interview with the qualified instructor via Skype or in person.

Candidates who do not have the necessary level of English may enter a general English program at International House Vancouver until they reached the proficiency required.

Approval by PTIB

This program is approved.

Start Dates 2022

September 26
October 24
November 21

Start Dates 2023

January 9
February 6
March 6
April 3
May 1
May 29
July 10
August 8
September 5
October 2
October 30
November 27
Scheduled School Breaks:
December 19, 2022 to January 6, 2023
June 26 to July 7, 2023
December 25, 2023 to January 7, 2024