British Study Centres News April - June 2009
BSC London Is a Registered BULATS Test Centre
British Study Centres in London has now become an official agent and test centre for students who wish to take the BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) exam. The BULATS exam is an online exam involving reading, use of English, and listening, and is a very useful exam for students who wish to extend their visa and need to show proof of having taken an exam.
An online, adaptive test that is QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) approved; results for reading, use of English, and listening are issued immediately with the candidates getting a Cambridge test report detailing their CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level from A1 to C2 and a breakdown of their performance.
Students can take the exam at any time at the school, using the school's computer facilities, and will receive an instant result and certificate. The whole process takes no more than a couple of hours.
The school also has the full range of study materials and students can enrol on one-to-one exam preparation courses to ensure they get the best possible result.
The demand for this exam is going to dramatically increase as students become aware of just how useful an exam it is. Please contact us for more details.
Launch of the BSC Blog
The blog of British Study Centres has just been launched for the English schools in London, Oxford and Brighton. Already there are several articles and there is much more content planned. Things we will be adding in the coming months include: a student photo gallery, a competition, question and answer with teachers, articles on language learning, articles on British culture and profiles of school social activities.
The blog is interactive and you may participate in the discussion, rate posts, and in future upload videos and pictures. Keep checking back for interesting articles and content! British Study Centres Blog
Cambridge FCE Exam 100% Success Celebrations
Congratulations are in order for the recent FCE class who attained…wait for it…a 100% pass rate. Two As, Three Bs and one C! An amazing result guys you should all be very proud.
I remember at the begining of the course some of you were quite worried about whether you would pass or not, but after a few weeks, and a lot of hard work, you began to worry not about whether you would pass but what grade you would achieve.
Both Rachel and I really enjoyed teaching you and seeing you develop from a class of 6 individuals into a team who supported each other, before and during the exam (a bit naughty of you!)
Anyway, check out the picture of the teachers and students celebrating the best results for a single class to date in traditional English/BSC style!
Brighton's First Trinity Cert TESOL Course!
We are very excited in Brighton this month as we are welcoming our first trainee teachers on our first Trinity Cert TESOL course. Similar to the CELTA course at our Oxford school, the Trinity course is the first step for many those who want to start their career in English Language Teaching. We have been teaching thousands of students here since 2002 and we hope we have done it with some success.
Now we are sharing our expertise with others and we hope it will benefit everyone in the school... our expert teachers get to practise new skills when they tarin the teachers and the students get free classes each afternoon when the trainees prctice on them! Watch this space for more info and to hear the voice of one the trainees themselves... straight from the horses mouth!
New Residence for BSC London
BSC London has secured an excellent new residence for July and August. Based in zone 1 in the fashionable area of Old Street and Shoreditch, Will Wyatt Court it is in an excellent location for central London and BSC. The residence is available from 4 July until 30 August 2009 and all rooms are en-suite.
Do not forget our other summer residence, Liberty Living based in Angel, zone 1. Some rooms are still available from 19 July.
BSC Nominated for Prestigious Language Travel Magazine Award!
British Study Centres has today been shortlisted in the prestigious Language Travel Magazine awards as one of the top 6 language schools in Western Europe! The LTM awards are the language travel industry's showpiece event, regarded as the 'Oscars' of the industry, and are voted for by language travel agents throughout the world.
'It is a huge honour for us to be nominated for this award,' said an ecstatic Andrew Roper, Managing Director of British Study Centres. 'I would like to thank all the agents who voted for us. It's a wonderful recognition for our staff who work so hard to provide high quality teaching and services in our schools. We are all thrilled to bits!'
Summer Business Course
In July and August this year we are once again running our popular Summer Business Certificate course in London and Oxford. The course attracts university students and young professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and countries. The course covers the fundamentals of business and includes visits to local businesses. Last year Oxford students visited the super modern BMW Mini manufacturing plant in Cowley which produces 500,000 cars every year!
Our Oxford centre offers small classes and a very friendly personal approach. What's more, Oxford is a superb city and easy to get around which is ideal if you are staying for a few weeks. We offer a varied and exicting social programme.
For more information on both the Oxford and London programmes, please visit our Summer Business section.
New Summer Centre - Cheltenham College
We are delighted to be offering a new residential centre this summer at Cheltenham College in Gloucestershire. Young learners aged 10-16 can enrol on 2 or 3 week courses in General and Intensive English with options in horse riding and golf.
'Cheltenham is an ideal base for a summer centre,' explains Matt Simmonite, director of Junior Vacation Courses. 'The town is beautiful and is close to neighbouring places such as Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford which are great for a day out.'
The College itself has very impressive sporting and leisure facilities, offering young learners more than enough to keep them occupied until well into the evening!
For more information, please visit the Cheltenham College section of the website.
Brighton Goes Wild!
Students and staff at British Study Centres Brighton are enjoying the fruits of labour of the school's newly-formed Gardening Club. Thanks to the group's hard work, led by Academic Director, Christian Tiplady, the garden is producing a wonderful harvest of fresh produce including herbs, lettuce, spinach, raddishes and runner beans.
'It's fantastic to be able to grow our own fresh vegetables in the school's garden,' commented Christian, 'and to eat them freshly-picked in the school café.' The Gardening Club meets every Friday. Why not come and get your hands dirty with us?
6 New Classrooms for London
April saw the opening of another new floor at Hannah House. The school has grown over the past five years and we now occupy four floors of Hannah House. The new 1st floor is already a big hit with our students.
The new floor comprises 6 new English classrooms, an executive centre and an eighty-seater lecture theatre/cinema where we will be showing movies and sporting events. We are really pleased with our new floor and we hope you will enjoy using the facilities in our fantastic building. See photos of our new floor here or even better, why not come and visit us for a tour of our school?