Online English Courses

We offer a wide range of online courses – General English, Business English, Exam Preparation, Academic English as well as specialised skills-based courses.

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Authentic Learning Experience

British Study Centres brings our award-winning schools to you wherever you are around the world. Combining advanced technology with our expertise in language teaching, you can be sure our online courses will meet your language training needs.

Our online classroom supports a range of rich media content and generates more interest through engaging, highly-interactive and authentic material.

Why Study Online?

Expert teachers

Classes are led by highly professional, qualified teachers from our British Council and English UK accredited schools. You will meet your teacher face-to-face through our powerful video conferencing software.Please note that the British Council is currently not able to offer accreditation for any online courses.

Highly interactive

Lessons are interactive with a high level of student involvement. During the lessons you will interact with both your teacher and students from around the world.

Comfort & convenience

Anytime, anywhere! Take your lessons from the comfort of your home, office, café or the airport departure lounge.

Guided self-study

You will also receive access to myBSC, our online learning platform with 100s of hours of additional study material.

End-of-course certificate

Your certificate in English can be a great door opener and a boost to your career.

Video Introduction to Live Lessons

Learning English online is convenient, flexible and effective!
Find out how our UK-based teachers can help you improve your skills.

Video Introduction to Live Lessons

Your Steps to Success

Why Our Students Recommend Us

Whether you're a professional, a university student or just want to improve your English skills in general, we can help you achieve your goals.

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Flexible Courses, Immediate Results

Preparing for an exam, a trip, an important presentation or a job interview? Our team of experts develop personalised courses designed to meet your needs.

Our live online lessons focus on practical communication skills. We use a range of authentic materials including news articles, videos, presentations, and other realia to help you operate in real life situations. Lessons are designed so that newly acquired language and skills can be put into practice instantly.


Number of lessons

5, 10, 20 or 30. Can be extended at anytime

Start dates

Flexible. Book today, start your course tomorrow

Group size

Mini-groups (max. 4 students)
Private lessons (one-to-one)

Lesson times

Mini-groups: 06:00-20:00, Mon-Fri
Private lessons: 06:00-20:00, Mon-Sun

Lesson duration

50 minutes

Minimum age

Group lessons: 16 years
Private lessons: No restriction

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  • Business English +
  • Exam Preparation +
  • OET Preparation +

General English

Course Objectives

This course will help you perform more confidently when interacting in English. We will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and improve the skills necessary for successful English language proficiency.

Using authentic English materials such as magazines, newspapers, radio, TV, websites, this course will help you to develop your English language and communication skills while working on your pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.

Course Content

Your course will be designed based on the results from your placement test and needs analysis. Topics typically covered in this course include:


Making yourself understood. Fluency building; rhythm and pace. Conversation skills, telephoning, enquiring and explaining.


Reading for gist and purpose: understanding the main points. Scanning: finding specific information. Skimming: judging the usefulness of a text.


Organising a paragraph, structuring a text; signposting. Informal text types: notes, emails, stories, journals, reviews. Formal text types: letters, essays, reports, articles, forms.


Active listening strategies in conversation. Listening for detail: gathering specific information. Listening for themes: understanding the main ideas.


Tense and aspect: past, present, future; perfect; passive vs active. Grammar words: articles, prepositions, adverbs, pronouns, auxiliary verbs. Relative clauses, modals and conditionals to express more sophisticated concepts.


Strategies for building vocabulary: suffixes, prefixes. Word families, synonyms and antonyms. Phrasal verbs, colloquialisms and collocation.


The 46 sounds of English – the phonemic chart. Syllables and words – putting the sounds together. Word and sentence stress; intonation.

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Skills Courses

Skills courses can be booked independently or in addition to our General English course and are specially designed for students who would like to focus on specific areas of language learning. These courses are only available as private lessons.

Pronunciation Skills

Course Objectives

In this course you will learn how to pronounce the various sounds of the English language, including consonants, vowel sounds and diphthongs. You will learn about word stress, intonation, rhythm and ellipsis, to help you become an articulate speaker of English.

Course Content

Topics typically covered in this course include:

  The Phonemic Chart

Overview of the 46 sounds of English. Distinguishing similar sounds. Common errors with different nationalities.

  Syllables and Words

Putting the sounds together; consonant clusters. Plurals, verb endings and other suffixes. Introducing word stress.

  Word and Sentence Stress

Stress in two-syllable words and compound words. Placing emphasis on key words. Unstressed words and contractions.

  Stress and Rhythm

Joining and grouping words – weak forms, linking, elision, ellipsis, assimilation. Understanding the 'rhythm' of English. Using stress and intonation to express meaning.

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Grammar & Writing Skills

Course Objectives

In this course you will learn to write clear and effective texts in English, using English grammar correctly. It will show you how to open and close your correspondence properly, how to structure content and how to adopt an appropriate style and tone for the situation. You will also learn how to link your ideas and develop a convincing argument.

Course Content

Topics typically covered in this course include:

  Review of Grammatical Rules

Tenses overview: Past, Present, Future. Grammar words: articles, prepositions, adverbs, pronouns, auxiliary verbs. Word order, expressions of quantity, conjunctions and linkers.

  Extending Your Grammar

Phrasal verbs, colloquialisms and collocation. Relative clauses; building longer more complex sentences. Passive vs Active and Conditionals to express more sophisticated concepts.

  Writing Construction Skills

Spelling, punctuation, word order and constructing sentences. Organising a paragraph, ordering events, signposting, comparing and contrasting. Organising a text, cohesive devices, drafting and editing.

  Writing for Different Purposes

Using appropriate style and language for the text type. Informal text types: notes, emails, stories, journals, reviews. Formal text types: letters, essays, reports, articles, forms.

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Conversation Skills

Course Objectives

In this course you will learn the language and skills necessary to be able to communicate effectively in English. It will show you how to make small talk and develop conversations. You will also learn how to check comprehension and avoid misunderstandings.

Course Content

Topics typically covered in this course include:

  Understanding and Being Understood

Introductions, natural responses. Politeness and small talk. Useful phrases for checking understanding.

  Building Fluency

Hesitation devices, prediction of conversation. Paraphrasing: saying what you mean. Connected speech; building speed.

  Building Relationships

Showing interest and steering the conversation. Agreeing and disagreeing. Asking for more information; making plans.

  Expressing yourself

Using stress and intonation to express meaning. Clarification and repetition. Adding enthusiasm and interest to a conversation.

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All Courses Include

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Live Online Lessons

(max. 4 students)
Private OET Preparation
5 lessons £120 £220 £250
10 lessons £200 £390 £450
20 lessons £380 £750 £850
30 lessons £550 £1,100 £1,200

eLearning – myBSC

For those who wish to study at their own pace, we also offer the possibility to book myBSC on its own, to gain access to 100s of hours of specialist materials including General English, Business English and IELTS.

3 months 6 months 9 months
£95 £130 £175

eLearning – OET Preparation

Whether you wish to study for the OET at your own pace, or in combination with our live online lessons, this 50-hour eLearning course offers specialised OET materials focussing on skills needed to pass the test, i.e. reading, writing, speaking and listening as well as giving you an introduction to the OET test.

3 months

How to Book

Booking your online lessons is simple - choose a suitable course, pay online and arrange convenient lesson times.

Booking Conditions

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When can I start the course?

Book today. Start tomorrow. You can start on any day throughout the year, Monday to Friday. Private lessons are also available at weekends.

How many students are there per class?

There are a maximum of four students in each live online class to make sure the class is as personalised to your needs as possible. You can also book private online lessons with us.

What is the minimum age?

16 years old is the minimum age for our online group courses. Private lessons are available for all ages.

Are the online lessons accredited by the British Council?

The lessons are taught by one of our experienced EFL teachers from one of our British Council accredited centres in the UK. The online lessons themselves are not yet accredited by the British Council as they currently do not accredit online courses, but we are working with them to help this happen.

What happens if I miss a lesson?

If you are unable to attend a scheduled lesson for whatever reason, you must tell us as soon as possible and we will try to rearrange. If you cancel within 24 hours of the lesson or don't arrive in the classroom on time, we will be unable to give any refunds.

What are the technical requirements?

Using modern equipment will always give the best results, but the technology we use is compatible with older computers too. Minimum System Requirements

Do I need to download any software?

No. We simply send you a link to your online classroom.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes, you will receive a BSC certificate showing your CEFR level, which is recognised by employers and universities worldwide.