Academic
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Get the English you need to succeed at university


Being able to communicate well in English is an increasingly sought after skill by top universities around the world.

More and more institutions across the world are now delivering courses entirely in English in order to attract globally-minded students. With this in mind, having a good understanding of academic English has never been more important.

Whether you’re applying for university in the United Kingdom or you’d simply like to improve your research and essay writing skills, an English course with British Study Centres will give you the boost you need before starting university.

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What is Academic English?

Academic English, is the type of English needed for Higher Education or further academic study.

As well as helping you improve your vocabulary, an Academic English course will teach you how to read and understand academic materials, such a research papers, as well as giving you the skills you need to write confidently about your subject.

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What is English for Academic Purposes?

English for Academic Purposes is a form of English module that is commonly taken during pre-sessional courses (such as the International Foundation Year or Pre-Master's Programme) or alongside a university course at an English speaking institution.

When studying English for Academic Purposes, you will improve upon key reading, writing, speaking and listening skills but with a focus on the kind of English needed for academic study. This may include essay writing, academic research and critical analysis of texts.

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Skills for Academic Success

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

With a tailor-made coursebook, Skills for Academic Success allows you to familiarise yourself with critical thinking, analytical and research skills that are required for further education. You’ll learn how to improve your public speaking as well as gaining valuable research skills to get you ready for academic life.

Skills for Academic Success is available fully online, with lessons delivered via video conferencing software.

IELTS Academic Courses

The IELTS exam is essential for entry to university in the United Kingdom and can be used to acquire a Tier 4 Study Visa for the UK. If you choose to do an online IELTS preparation course with British Study Centres, you’ll learn strategies to help you pass the exam and get the skills you need to succeed on test day.

This exam is perfect for students hoping to study at university in the United Kingdom. Our IELTS exam preparation courses are available fully online.

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Pre-university summer programme

This summer programme is designed to prepare you for access to the very best of British university education, developing your skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and leadership. At the end of this course, you’ll have a better understanding of the UK Higher Education system as well as deepening your understanding of academic writing, reading and speaking skills.

Taking place at the University of Salford, a modern university in one of the UK’s most exciting cities, this course allows you to experience university life all the while improving your English for academic purposes.

International Foundation Year

For students hoping to study for their bachelor's degree in the United Kingdom or abroad, the International Foundation Year (IFY) is the perfect option. You'll dedicate your time to mastering English for Academic Purposes and learn how to express yourself in an academic context.

This year-long, modular programme will prepare you for first-year entry to undergraduate degree courses and gain you a guaranteed place at one of our 16 NCUK partner universities.


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Pre-Masters Programme

This special online course is designed for students who would like to gain the specialist skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their Masters.

On this pre-master's online course, you'll develop proficiency in the use of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), improve your independent learning skills and gain the study skills you need to do a Master's in the United Kingdom.

What our students say...

Student Outcomes


"The teachers were very helpful as they helped me to be more independent, especially whilst doing my own research on how to get trusted information from reliable sources."


Ayoub Abdelkader Djeffal, BSC International Foundation Year Student, Computer Science, Aston University

Student Outcomes


“It helped me in different ways. The programme taught me how to be independent and how to carry out research.

And the best of all? It allowed me to work with others in groups.”


Bamba, Senegal, BSC International Foundation Year Student, BA Business Management at University of Leeds

Student Outcomes


"This has been an excellent course that has brought a lot out in me.

I would highly recommend it to someone who wants to begin their education in the UK. It’s an excellent stepping stone to university."


Sophia from Mexico - Humanities Foundation Year, BSC London
Gained a place to study Psychology at the University of Kent

Student outcomes


"I've improved my self-confidence. After I finish my IELTS course I plan to go to university at Salford University in Manchester.”


Rosemonde, BSC Manchester student, Ivory Coast

Student Outcomes


“The school’s preparation course for the IELTS exam gives me all the skills and knowledge I need to take the exam confidently.”


Luigia Sarah Prencipe, IELTS course, Italy