Frequently Asked Questions

Need to ask us something? No problem. Here are most of the answers.

When can I start the course?

The majority of our courses start every Monday throughout the year.

How long can I study for?

The minimum is 2 weeks but you can study for as long as you want – up to 1 year if you wish!

What is the minimum age?

16 years old.

Is the school accredited by the British Council?

Yes, British Study Centres is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English as a foreign language. It is also an active member of English UK, the national association of accredited English language centres.

How do I book my course?

You can easily book and pay for your course online. Alternatively, you can contact us for a list of authorised British Study Centres representatives in your country. We strongly advise you to do this as you will receive knowledgeable course advice in your own language and also information on applying for a visa (visa national students). Some agents will also book your flight tickets for you.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

Yes. We ask for a deposit of £250 to secure the course and accommodation if you require it.

Do I need a visa to study at your school?

Students from European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland do not need a visa to study in UK. The situation for students from other countries varies. Please check with a British Consulate or Embassy in your country of residence.

How many students are there in each class?

We have a maximum of 14 students per class and an average of 11.

Where do the other students come from?

From all over the world! We have students from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Depending on the time of year, we have up to 35 different nationalities in our schools at any one time!

Tell me about your teachers

We select our teachers very carefully. Most of our teachers have a degree and all of them have an English language teaching qualification. They must also have the kind of personality which enjoys meeting people from all over the world and a desire to make their lessons stimulating and enjoyable.

Are all course materials included?

Course materials are included in the course fees. In addition, at our schools in Central London, Brighton and Oxford student have access to myBSC, our eLearning platform and portal to the BSC world! This system has been carefully designed to support all areas of your experience with British Study Centres.

End of course certificate

At the end of the course you will receive a certificate from the school where we will state the duration of the course and level achieved. The certificate is given to all students provided their attendance is at least 85%.

What about internet access?

Standard and Wi-Fi internet access is free of charge at all of our schools. Our student houses and residences are all fitted with Wi-Fi internet access which is free, too. Many homestays also offer free internet access.

What should I do if I am not happy with some aspect of my stay?

If you have a problem with your course, accommodation or any other aspect of your stay, please talk to us as soon as possible. You will find detailed information about the complaints procedure and who to contact in the School Policies section of our website:

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