The Company's origins date back to the 1930's when it was founded by the Cleaver family. In the early days British Study Centres (BSC) 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.
Today, BSC specialises in the delivery of high quality English language training to adults and young learners, teacher training courses for UK and overseas teachers and University Pathway programmes in partnership with NCUK; a consortium of leading UK universities.
All courses include:
BSC has 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. The courses include Cambridge Assessment qualifications, part of the University of Cambridge.
BSC has a thriving Young Learners division with Easter and Summer residential programmes in the UK's top boarding schools including Cheltenham Ladies' College, Corpus Christi College Oxford and King's University College London.
BSC has seven year-round language schools in some of the UK's most prestigious cities – London, Oxford, Edinburgh, Brighton, York and Manchester – and will shortly be adding an eighth, in the Irish capital, Dublin. BSC Worldwide opened its first overseas franchise school in the city of Oran, Algeria. The Group now operates three overseas schools – in Algeria, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan, and has a teaching partnership in Hong Kong delivering the Cambridge online CELTA. BSC Worldwide has ambitious plans to expand its network of schools and international partnerships.
BSC operates the highly-renowned City Football Schools at the home of Manchester City, in the heart of the Etihad Campus.