Our accredited Diploma in Business English will improve the general level of your English and boost your confidence in business environments. Improving your business English will put you ahead of the competition, and make your resume stand out. With IQN Diploma in Business English, you can build your English language skills to communicate effectively in business contexts, improving your employability and job prospects.


IQN Diploma in Business English is recognised on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) as a level 5 qualification. SCQF is one of the national qualifications frameworks in the UK. In order to be on the SCQF, IQN diploma has gone through a rigorous, quality assured process of ‘credit rating’. The diploma is referenced as a level 3 qualification in the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

Common European Framework of Reference

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) divides language qualifications into three broad categories scaled into six levels. Each level denotes a specific proficiency of the student in reading, listening, speaking and writing that is expected to be achieved. The following table shows the level of IQN Diploma in Business English in comparison to IELTS.

CEFR Level Group Level IELTS Score IQN SCQF Level
Basic user A1 -- -- --
Basic user A2 -- -- --
Independent user B1 4.0 to 5.0 -- 4
Independent user B2 5.5 to 6.5 Diploma in
Business English
Proficient user C1 6.5 to 7.5 -- 6
Proficient user C2 8 to 9 -- 7

How can I complete the diploma?

The diploma can only be studied at one of our registered centres. Registered centres (a) offer exam preparation classes, (b) provide study materials and (c) conduct exams. Click here to register your interest to study the diploma. If we have a registered centre in your location, we will introduce you to the centre. However, if unfortunately we don’t have a registered centre near your location, you cannot register exam for this diploma.

Duration & Preparation

Total time to complete the diploma will depend on your current level of English language proficiency. Exam can be arranged any time of the year by your centre. Study materials are made available to your centre, including syllabus, textbooks and practice questions. Hence, you can take whatever time you feel appropriate for your preparation. Centres can also arrange exam preparation classes with varied duration and schedule. However, it may not take more than three months to complete the diploma.


In order to complete the diploma, you will have to pass a computer based MCQ exam. The exam questions are independently set by IQN and marked automatically by online system. The exam is conducted by your centre at a schedule that is convenient for you. If you unfortunately fail, you can always re-attempt to pass the exam. Re-sit exams are also conducted ‘on-demand’ at your centre’s premises.

Exam duration No. of MCQs Total marks Pass marks
60 Minutes 50 MCQs 100 marks 60%

Re-sit exams

If you unfortunately fail in your first exam attempt, you will be allowed four re-sit exam opportunities. That is, you will have total five attempts to successfully complete the diploma. However, all re-sit exams must be taken within two years from your first exam attempt date.


In addition to the fees charged by your centre, you will need to pay exam fees to IQN through your centre. IQN exam fees are customised for different countries. For details about our exam fees, please contact us or visit IQN Registered Centre near your location.

Further Information

If you need further information about the Diploma in Business English, please feel free to contact us. We will be more than glad to assist you!