About British Study Centres
Our mission statement is to provide a creative, rewarding and successful learning and working environment for our students and staff.
The Company's origins date back to the 1930's when it was founded by the Cleaver family.
In the early days British Study Centres (BSC) concentrated on correspondence courses and as such was a precursor to the Open University which grew up in the 1960's. The Company grew quickly, establishing offices and examination centres across the entire (then) British Empire and beyond and in the process becoming the UK's largest group of correspondence colleges.
Today, BSC specialises in the delivery of high quality English language training to adults and young learners, teacher training courses for UK and overseas teachers and University Pathway programmes in partnership with NCUK; a consortium of leading UK universities.
BSC has seven year-round language schools in some of the UK's most prestigious cities – London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Brighton, York and Manchester – and will shortly be adding an eighth, in the Irish capital, Dublin.
BSC has a thriving Young Learners division with Easter and Summer residential programmes in the UK's top boarding schools including Cheltenham Ladies' College, Corpus Christi College Oxford and King's University College London. In addition, the Group operates the highly-renowned City Football Schools at the home of Manchester City, in the heart of the Etihad Campus.
BSC has a dedicated Transnational Education (TNE) department which saw the formation of the brand BSC Worldwide. The TNE team look to export BSC delivery and high-quality teaching overseas in the form of franchising and partnerships, all in-country. BSC Language Teaching, Teacher Training, and NCUK International Foundation Year are all currently delivered overseas.
BSC has been at the forefront of providing teacher training courses since 2003 catering to the needs of UK and overseas teachers. Clients not only include individuals, but also international private schools, universities and Ministries of Education. The courses include Cambridge Assessment qualifications, part of the University of Cambridge.
In 2012 the Company launched BSC English Online, live online lessons taught by teachers using the latest in video conferencing technology.
In late 2016 BSC expanded to offer University Pathways programmes in the UK in partnership with NCUK, where the University partners give international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping them succeed when they get there.
In 2017 following the merger with Experience English, British Study Centres Group became the UK's leading provider of premium English language courses in the UK. Its schools count among its accreditations Eaquals, an internationally recognised accreditation body fostering excellence in language education across the world, as well as PFE (Private Further Education), a division of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) which provides Educational Oversight inspections of private further education colleges and English language schools in England and Wales on behalf of the Home Office. BSC is accredited by the British Council for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language and is a member of both English UK and ALTO (the Association of Language Travel Organisations).
Also in 2017, BSC Worldwide opened its first overseas franchise school in the city of Oran, Algeria. The Group now operates four overseas schools – in Algeria, Ukraine, Turkey and Kyrgyzstan, and has a teaching partnership in Hong Kong delivering the Cambridge online CELTA. BSC Worldwide has ambitious plans to expand its network of schools and international partnerships.