Course ID
One Semester (Fourteen Weeks)
Advanced Certificate in Business Spanish
Total Study Hours Assessment Components Assessment Description
  •  420 Total
  • 210 Scheduled Learning & Teaching Hours
  • 210 Guided Independent Study
  • Coursework – 40%
  • Examinations – 60%
  • One (1) Examination (four parts)
  • Six (6) research projects and presentations
  • Eight (8) assignments

Course Summary

This course is the first step to expand the knowledge and skills acquired by participants in their preparation for the external examinations leading to the award of the Advanced Certificate in Business Spanish (C1). It aims to get participants acquainted with the structure, requirements and level of external examinations leading to the award of the Diploma in Business Spanish (C2). It fosters in the learner a deeper understanding and command of topics on economics and business in Spain and Latin America. It also develops the linguistic competencies necessary to function at a high level of specialisation in the language and world of business. Interactive lectures, seminars and group discussions are designed to improve the student’s level of professionalism, knowledge and skills needed for success in this endeavour.


The syllabus of this course includes:

  • The study of syntactical and lexical structures at the superior level (C2);
  • The creation of companies and the development of their activities in Spain and Latin America;
  • Financial markets;
  • Social security of entrepreneurs and workers;
  • The socio-economic realities of Spain and Latin America: GDP structure by sector of production;
  • An analysis of the relationship between the company and the stock exchange, unions, chambers of commerce, taxation systems, etc.
  • An analysis of public relations and publicity;

Independent Study and Scheduled Teaching Activity

Interactive lectures, oral presentations, debates and discussions will allow for the deeper learning and expansion of the various topics outlined in the syllabus. Participants will also develop the various learning skills through exercises performed individually, in pairs and in groups. The teaching/facilitating process will focus on improving highly specialised skills such as specialised information seeking, research, the preparation and processing of administrative and commercial documents, the preparation of business reports and summaries, the translation of specialised social and economic articles, and the use of audio-visual support, manuals, specialised publications and authentic material, critical reading, academic writing and many others. Individual assignments, projects and extensive readings will aim at broadening the specialised knowledge of participants in all the areas listed in the syllabus.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Function using a highly specialised level of linguistic competence in the language and world of business;
  2. Debate and talk about current socio-economic and commercial issues;
  3. Present orally and in writing a highly specialised economic and commercial topic, fluently and coherently and without using notes or other aids;
  4. Read and understand authentic material and specialised documents about companies and texts on economics and commerce, such as specialised press, manuals, statistics, charts, etc.;
  5. Produce complex writing, such as reports, summaries, syntheses, etc.;
  6. Switch from formal to informal register and present, both oral and in writing, defending their viewpoint and presenting their arguments on any specialised topic;
  7. Write a text of between 300 and 350 words developing a specialised topic;
  8. Write a technical paper, such as an official, commercial or mercantile document of at least 200 words;
  9. Translate specialised articles of a social and economic nature.

Assessment Strategy

Summative assessment is divided into coursework and examinations. Coursework is weighted at forty per cent (40%) of the total grade and comprises six (6) research projects, the findings of which will be presented to the class in the foreign language and a synopsis submitted and shared with the class, as well as eight (8) assignments to be submitted to the lecturer. The tutor will provide feedback for all coursework. The examination is weighted at sixty per cent (60%) and comprises one Examination consisting of four (4) parts:

  • Part 1. Reading comprehension.
  • Part 2. Programme-specific knowledge test.
  • Part 3. Specialised writing.
  • Part 4. Oral test.

Formative tasks will include talks, debates, seminars and other exercises of a technical and highly specialised nature.


  • Advanced Certificate in Business Spanish