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Certificate In Business Language Competence (CBLC)

The course is currently only offered by OCR, and is intended as a qualification to enhance the business vocabulary and communicational ability in a business context in the target language. The qualification is designed for post-16 students who wish to acquire language skills for their work or alongside their work and need a qualification that they can take when they are ready.

It is available In: - French, German, Spanish and Italian at Entry Level and Levels 1-3 and at Entry Level in Japanese and Russian.

The structure of the qualification enables a unit-based approach which allows candidates to work towards individual elements as stepping stones towards the full award. In order to achieve a full Certificate in Business Language Competence at a particular level, candidates must achieve all individual units at that level in the target language. Achievement of fewer than the complete set of individual units is recognised by means of a Unit Certificate per element achieved. Each Unit is assessed separately via an OCR-set test.

The CBLC is 100% externally assessed.


Entry Level:

  • Dealing with visitors to the company
  • Arriving at a hotel
  • Dealing with directions & signs
  • Travelling on business

Level 1:

  • Listening to spoken language
  • Reading in the language
  • Conversing with business colleagues
  • Writing in the language

Levels 2 & 3:

  • Listening to spoken language
  • Reading in the language
  • Doing business by telephone
  • Conversing formally in the language (Level 2)
  • Delivering prepared presentation in the language (Level 3)
  • Writing in the language

Relationship With Other Qualifications:

CBLC Levels National Qualifications Framework Levels NVQ Levels General Qualifications Levels
OCR Level 3 CBLC Level 3 Level 3 (eg. OCR level 3 NVQ language units) AS/A levels, AEAs
OCR Level 2 CBLC Level 2 Level 2 (eg. OCR level 2 NVQ language units) GCSE - (Grades A*-C)
OCR Level 1 CBLC Level 1 Level 1 (eg. OCR level 1 NVQ language units) GCSE - (Grades D-G)
OCR Entry Level CBLC Entry Level N/A Entry Level Certificates

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