Skills for

Learn the skills you need to study in English

Preparing you for further academic study in English, Skills for Academic Success uses resources from our partners, National Geographic Learning, and is brand new for 2020.

The course prepares you to work effectively and confidently in an academic setting and is ideal if you wish to continue your studies in an English-speaking environment or prepare for an exam.

Combining our Skills for Academic Success option with General English is an ideal way for students to get the most from their studies.

Our General English course is the centre of our teaching. It is designed to improve your English communication skills in an interactive and engaging way.

Take advantage of this great new learning option and be part of the first generation of BSC’s ‘Skills for Success’ programme.

Course facts

Start dates

Any Monday

Course length

Minimum 2 weeks

Available in

Brighton, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Oxford, York

Course levels

Breakthrough* to Advanced (A1-C1)

*Available at all centres but only on request at Edinburgh and Oxford

Minimum age

16 years

Lesson duration

50 minutes

Lessons per week

20 lessons of General English and 10 Skills for Success elective lessons.

Can also be booked as a stand-alone elective.

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Skills for Academic Success course outcomes

On completion of this course, using innovative and interesting materials from our partners at National Geographic Learning and additional digital project work, you will:

  • Be better prepared to work effectively and confidently in an academic setting at home or abroad.
  • Have developed and demonstrated, using English, the 21st Century Skills that are increasingly demanded by academic intuitions.
  • Improve your teamwork, creative, presentation and critical thinking skills all while advancing your digital competency and English language ability.
  • Have created a digital record of your work with an ability to operate in English that can be shown with pride to family, friends and university admissions teams.
  • Have grown in confidence and feel prepared for the next step.
  • Formed new friendships with students from around the world in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Student Outcomes

"I heard so many things about the school before I came.

I'm really happy I chose to come to BSC York and would love to come back one day."

Baran, BSC York student, Turkey

Student Outcomes

“The social activity program of the school is excellent. We get the chance to interact with very friendly and open-minded people from the whole school.”

Jasmin Mattahermann, BSC Brighton Student, Germany

Student Outcomes

"I liked everything about the school, the students and the team. They are like a second family to me!

I will never regret this experience, it was the best experience of my life."

Yasser, BSC Manchester student, Algeria

Student Outcomes

"Learning English is so important for me. It's the first language in the world and I need it to develop in my career.

Coming to York to learn English was a fantastic choice for me. I've learned so much."

Mohammed, BSC York student, Qatar

Why choose Skills for Academic Success with BSC?

This unique course combines General English lessons and specialised classes that focus on academic skills. Learn new techniques and practical skills that will help progress into higher education and achieve academic excellence.

Skills for Academic Success consists of 20 lessons of General English in the mornings and afternoon classes focused on learning skills for an academic context, such as producing presentations and effective note-taking. Your journey to higher education starts here.