About British Study Centres
Our mission statement is to provide a creative, rewarding and successful learning and working environment for our students and staff.
British Study Centres (BSC) was founded in the 1930's by Joseph Cleaver.
In the early days the Company 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.
In the early 1970's, the Company, now run by Joseph's sons, James and Thomas, began to focus on 'face-to-face' tuition with the establishment of vocational colleges, West London College in London's West End, St Aldates College in Oxford and Hove College in Brighton.
In the 1990's the Company moved into English language teaching with the founding of the group's first English language school in Oxford in 1996. This was followed by Brighton in 2002 and London in 2004.
BSC has also 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.
In 2008 the Company moved into the 'young learners' market with the acquisition of 'ICH' (International College Holidays), a specialist provider of vacation courses to children aged 10-15 years. Easter and summer 2009 saw the first intake of juniors at the prestigious independent schools, Ardingly College and Cheltenham College. The Young Learners Division has grown rapidly and now operates vacation courses in a total of eleven centres across the UK.
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, a consortium of leading UK universities dedicated to giving international students guaranteed access to universities worldwide and helping them succeed when they get there. The first International Foundation Year (IFY) Business programme is due to start in October 2017.
In 2017 British Study Centres merged with Experience English to create the British Study Centres Group: the UK's largest group of premium language schools with seven year-round centres and eleven summer schools for young learners.
In recent years the Company has been honoured to win a number of awards associated with the language school industry, including twice winner of Study Travel Magazine's coveted 'Star' English Language School Europe award (in 2010 and 2012) and winner of Study Travel Magazine's 'Star' Junior Courses for under 18s (in 2012). In 2016 BSC enjoyed great success at the inaugural ESL language travel awards in Switzerland. British Study Centres Brighton won the award for 'Leisure Programme of the Year.' British Study Centres Brighton and London were voted in the top 10 'School of the Year' and British Study Centres was voted no. 2 language school 'Group of the Year.'
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).