Get the ESL Skills for a Professional Career in Business

A diverse group of young people, possibly ESL and Business students
Do you want to improve your English ability? Are you interested in training for a Business career? You can do both at Focus College!

1 Year* Hands-On ESL & Business Administration Program

Business and administrative skills are needed in almost every office position. In this 1-year* full-time program, you can improve your English ability and then learn the most important skills to gain employment in an office environment.

Those are some big steps to take in just 12 months*! It all starts here. Focus on your goal and we’ll get you the skills you need to make it a reality.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete this program will be qualified to pursue self-employment, or find employment in a variety of office positions such as:

  • Office Assistant
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Clerk
  • Supervisor
  • and more!


After successfully completing the ESL component of the program, students will have demonstrated the skill level necessary to learn and fully understand all the program materials. Once students complete the entire program they will have learned all the skills required to run an office.

Students will be proficient in Microsoft Office applications (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and Publisher), modern office technologies, office procedures, business math, business communications, human resources, bookkeeping/accounting, QuickBooks and Sage 50.


Applicants must have a grade 12 diploma or be a mature student (aged 19 at the start of the course or out of school for 1 year). A copy of the student’s high school diploma is required if they are under the age of 19.


“English As A Second Language”

Students will learn practical English – the skills of reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking. They will also practice conversation and pronunciation, practical English for daily life, as well as for the business environment.

“Strategies for Success”

This course covers the soft skills required to obtain and retain employment, including communication skills, emotional intelligence, goal setting, stress management, problem-solving & teamwork.

“Basic Office Procedures”

This course covers basic skills needed to work in today’s office including handling mail, front-line reception, arranging meetings and conferences, making travel arrangements, along with time management and coordination of multiple tasks.

“Business Communication”

This course will review basic grammar and mechanics of writing. Students will be required to complete a variety of business letters, memos, minutes and reports.[/accordion]

“Communication: Business Communication”

Students will develop skills in analyzing, summarizing, evaluating, and producing complex written business information. It also develops skills in presenting and responding to complex oral business information.

The unit can be taken as part of a Group Award or as a stand-alone Unit for the purposes of continued professional development. Work undertaken for the unit will be in a context appropriate to the learner’s Group Award or relevant to an individual’s vocational area/discipline

“Business Mathematics”

This course covers basic arithmetic operations and business math problems.

Students will learn to perform basic mathematical operations and those used in business, including calculation of interest, discounts, mark-ups and inventory calculations.

“Organizational Behaviours”

This course introduces students to the meaning of organizational behaviour.

Individual Differences and Their Relevance to Work (perception, personality and values, learning, reinforcement and self-management, engagement of employees in the workplace)

Managing the Organization (changing worlds and the design of work, organizational structure and design, organizational culture)

People, Processes and Performance (groups and teams, leadership, power, politics and decision making in organizations, communication, conflict and negotiation in organizations, and organizational change)

“Computers: Microsoft Office”

This course is an introduction to Windows and Microsoft Office (Word 1 & 2, Excel 1, Access 1, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook).

“Introduction to Bookkeeping”

This course introduces students to the accounting cycle and basic manual bookkeeping.

Upon completion of the course, students will know basic accounting theory and will be able to apply their understanding in the completing of the balance sheet, the income statement, recording revenues and expenses, entering basic journal entries, posting to the ledger, the trial balance and financial statement preparation.

“Sage 50 Leve 1 & 2”

Sage50 software will be used to complete the accounting cycle using all modules (General, Payable, Receivable, Inventory, and Payroll and Project Costing).

“QuickBooks Level 1 & 2”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have learned accounting basics, introduction to QuickBooks, setting up lists, creating items, entering transactions for incoming funds, entering transactions for outgoing funds, maintaining financial information and working with reports.


This course is designed to develop keyboarding skills, focusing on speed and accuracy. Students type, using the Mavic Typing Tutorial program, to gain speed and reduce mistakes.

“Job, Resume & Entrepreneurial Skills”

This course gives an overview of skills required for self-employment, instruction covers registration of a business in Canada, forms of business, components of a business plan, market research and marketing techniques, writing presentations of proposals and expressions of interest, marketing tools, mission statement. Orientation of job skills, training required in the new millennium, job interview skills, resume writing, cover letters, and references.

“Human Resources”

This course covers an introduction, as well as forecasting, labour shortages/surplus. Career Development, Succession Management, Planning and Technology, International Human Resources, Mergers and Acquisitions, Future Developments and Building Strategic Partnerships.

“Supervised Lab Work”

In this segment, students will work in groups to completed assignments & projects. They will develop confidence and skills in preparing and presenting topics using PowerPoint.[


Review our program pricing for full details.

Scholarships and other financing options are available for qualified candidates.


  • This program is offered at the Kelowna and Surrey campuses
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program
  • Approximately 20–30 hours/week is required from students to be successful in this program


Students can purchase the following textbooks:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Introduction to Windows, CCI MasterTrak
  • Microsoft Office Manuals, CCI MasterTrak
  • Sage 50 Accounting Manuals, CCI
  • QuickBooks, CCI Learning
  • Business Communication, Pearson Ed
  • Business Mathematics,
  • Office Procedures, Pearson Ed
  • Strategic Planning for Human Resources, Pearson Ed
  • Organizational Behaviour, Pearson Ed
  • Barron’s E-Z Bookkeeping

Is Employment-Focused Training for a Career in Business Administration Right for You? Get More Info…

If you want to explore Focus College’s training programs and career opportunities in Business Administration, or you want to learn more about how you can transfer credits to one of our many international university partners, fill out the form on this page and we’ll get you some more information.

A helpful Focus College Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from determining the right career path for you to discussing financial aid options.

*Program length when completed in normal time.