Advanced Certificate in English for Business & Professional Communication

This programme is specially designed for adults who wish to develop their English Language skills and enhance their career growth. The programme is offered at two stages: Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Stage 1 is an integrated course which focuses on all 04 language skills: Reading, Writing, Speech and Listening. Special attention is given to develop business communication skills for office use such as writing memos, notes and basic letters. A variety of exercises, tasks and activities have been designed to cater to students’ needs enabling them to function in English particularly in their place of work.

Students can enroll for the Stage 2 of this programme either on successful completion of the Stage 1 or by acquiring the required mark at the Placement Test. This is a comprehensive course designed to enable efficient functioning in the work place. The course material includes business correspondence such as writing e-mails, memos, letters, reports, minutes etc. It also provides for improving skills in reading, listening and speech supplemented by videos.

All candidates who successfully complete Stages 1 and 2 will be awarded the Advanced Certificate in English for Business and Professional Communication by the Open University of Sri Lanka.

Candidates who obtain this qualification may gain entry to the Diploma in English Language and Literature, based on their performance in the assessment.

Day schools will be held at your centre either on Saturday or on Sunday from 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon.

CA Tests will be held at all Regional and Study centres as follows:
Stage 1 -Saturday – 9.00 12.00 noon
Stage 2 – Sunday – 9.00 12.00 noon

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Programme Code :
Programme Category :
Advanced Certificate Programme
Conducted by :
Dept. of Language Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Programme Duration :
Stage I – 01 Year
Stage II – 01 Year

Entry requirements

 (i)    All applicants should be above 18 years of age.

(ii)   Successful completion (any 6 subjects) of the G.C.E. (O/L) examination.

(iii) The Stage1 / 2for which an applicant is selected will depend on his/her performance at a Placement Test to be held on 01st November2020.

(iv)  Applicants who have successfully completed the OUSL Certificate in Basic English are eligible to apply and will be registered for Stage 2 of this programme. Such applicants are not required to sit the PlacementTest. Such applicants should send in duly completed application forms on or before the closing date of application.


Online Applications :
 September 2022
Closing Date for Applications :
Placement Test date :




Application fee – Rs. 500/-
*  Programme fee:
Stage 1 Rs, 16,925/-
Stage 2  Rs. 25,925/-





(Tuition fees are payable in installments)

This Certificate programme is conducted by the Dept. of Language Studies, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Address :
Dept. of Language Studies, Nawala, Nugegoda.
Contact :
Ms. P. Fernando – 0112881430
Email :




Public Information Office, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (on all days except public holidays)

All other centres from 9.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. (on all days except Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays).

Public Information Office :Tel. 011-2881256/011-2881327

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