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Learn English Online with Expert Teachers

Study English through the latest video conferencing technology! Live online lessons are delivered by the same qualified teachers as in our UK-based schools.

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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.

General English

Business English

Exam Preparation

Academic English

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.

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

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1. Needs Analysis

When we receive your booking, we will ask you to complete a detailed Needs Analysis. This will help our Academic Team assess what you want to achieve through your course and how often you are able to study with us.

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2. Level Test

We will also ask you to complete a level test. We understand that everyone has different strengths and weaknesses with English so we need to understand more about your current abilities.

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3. Course Design

By understanding your current level and your goals, our Academic Team will be able to design a personalised course to give you the best chance of success. We will contact you to recommend a schedule personal to your needs.

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4. Implementation

Your course will include live online lessons delivered by our expert teachers which you can study from the comfort of your home, office or favourite coffee shop! In addition, you will be given regular homework assignments through myBSC.

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5. Progress

Your teacher will monitor your progress throughout your course and will give on-going guidance and advice to help you meet your goals.

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6. Certification

At the end of your course, you will receive a British Study Centres certificate showing your CEFR level – recognised by employers and universities worldwide.

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7. Achievement

But your course doesn’t end there! You will have access to myBSC for a further three months after your course and our Academic Team are always happy to give you further advice about future studies.

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.

Karol, Poland

Karol, Poland

Karol needed to improve his business English communication skills to allow him to negotiate with clients in English as confidently and expertly as he would in his native Polish language.

Live 1-to-1 online English lessons allowed me not only to develop my skills but also helped me to build my confidence when presenting to native speakers.

Although I am based in the UK, online lessons give me the flexibility to take them when I have some free time without having to travel.

My tutor, Jack Prince, is understandable, flexible and has an in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of the language of business. He has helped me achieve my goals and this has given me the confidence to work at such a high level.

Konstantin, Russia

Konstantin, Russia

"I was searching for course which could help in getting me through FCE exam. I didn’t have enough spare time to spend on offline lessons, so online lessons offered by British Study Centres were the ones I was looking for. I could study at home when it was comfortable for me and at the pace I needed. Private lessons with teacher helped me a lot with understanding my strong and weak sides and improve my weak sides to the level appropriate to pass the exam. The teacher provided me the information about exam rules, told me about nuances and tips & tricks that helped me a lot during exam. Finally I managed to successfully pass the exam, thanks to British Study Centres."

Miyuki, Japan

Miyuki, Japan

Miyuki studied at our school in Brighton. After returning to Japan, she was determined not to let her level slip, so she decided to continue her studies online. She has now been having online lessons for over a year. She has a mixture of group and private lessons so she can benefit from communicating with other students but also has specialised lessons focussing on her particular needs.

"During online lessons, you can talk to other students around the world. This is a great chance to improve your English communication skills."

Natasha, Russia

Natasha, Russia

As Sales and Marketing Director of a multinational company, Natasha has to regularly attend meetings, give presentations, negotiate with clients and correspond in English.

"I now feel confident during negotiations and business meetings because my vocabulary is enriched by special business set phrases. It helps me to quickly reach mutual understanding and increase my professional level."

Livia, Italy

Livia, Italy

To be able to study at a university abroad Livia needed to achieve a score of at least 6 in the IELTS exam. As she only had 1 month to study at our school in London, she decided to do additional lessons online. She has now achieved a score of 6.5 and has been offered places in all the universities she applied to.

"If you are thinking to take IELTS exam, I highly recommend British Study Centres, they provide you with a wide range of excellent material to study and also a great enthusiasm."

Sofia, Russia

Sofia, Russia

Sofia needed a certificate to prove her level of English to an employer. She wanted a certificate from a reputable school showing her level according to the CEFR.

"British Study Centres online lessons are helpful and great form of education. I really enjoyed the course and learned a lot of new things."

Francesco, Italy

Francesco, Italy

Francesco had an important exam at high school. To help him prepare for this he decided to do an English course with BSC. The English lessons at his school weren’t enough to learn the language very well. As he was only able to come to England for 2 weeks he decided to have online lessons as well.

"Live teachers, native speakers and flexibility are only some of the advantages of the online lessons. I chose private lessons to concentrate on my own weaknesses, so that the teacher was only for me the whole time."

Oleg, Ukraine

Oleg, Ukraine

Oleg needed a score of 6.5 in the the IELTS exam to enter the university of his choice. To achieve this he decided to take a 10 week online course (2 lessons per week). Not only did he achieve an overall score of 6.5, in some areas he scored even higher.

"Online courses at British Study Centres provide an excellent opportunity to improve your level of English with native speakers. Being able to study from home is a huge advantage and saves a lot of time. I would confidently recommend BSC’s online courses to anyone!"

Abdelmonem, Libya

Abdelmonem, Libya

Abdelmonem is preparing for the IELTS exam and wanted to study with native English teachers.

"In the live lessons I feel as if I am in a real class and the teachers are very professional. I can study in my home and at work. It’s fantastic! myBSC is interactive and there is a lot of information on the website. I really feel satisfied."

Elena, Ukraine

Elena, Ukraine

Elena wanted to refine her English language to be able to speak naturally and fluently. She also needed to improve her IELTS test result, especially her academic writing skills. Elena took individual lessons which met her individual needs and preferences.

"I must confess writing essay according to the IELTS requirements really was my nightmare! Due to the British Study Centres Online I could get better in writing, understand a structure of composition, linking expressions and boost grammar proficiency. As a result I got a score 7.0 at the IELTS exam.

I did learn a lot about the English language and the country. Thanks to my tutor Jack Prince I realized second conditional not only as a grammar construction, but also as a cultural phenomenon."

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Technical Requirements

This section lists all you will need to get the best possible experience when attending our online lessons.

Internet Connection

We require at least 512Kbps download speed (1Mbps or more recommended) and also recommend using a wired connection for best results. Please note that BSC cannot be held responsible for the failure of the technology or Internet connection at your end.

Hardware & Software

Using modern equipment will always give the best results, but the technology we use is compatible with older computers too. The minimum system requirements are listed below.

Audio & Video

You will need both video camera and audio equipment available on your computer or mobile device to make the most of the online lessons.

Minimum System Requirements

  • 1.4GHz Intel® Pentium® 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Microsoft® Windows® XP or Windows 7; 2GHz Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent) for Windows Vista®
  • Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit edition with 32-bit browser)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended) for Windows XP or Windows 7; 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended) for Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later (32-bit only); Mozilla Firefox 7 or later; Google Chrome
  • Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 or later
  • Javascript enabled
  • A screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher

Mac OS
  • 500MHz PowerPC® G3 or faster or 1.83GHz Intel Core™ Duo or faster processor
  • Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7.2 (Intel); Mac OS X 10.4 (PowerPC)
  • 512MB of RAM (1GB recommended)
  • Mozilla Firefox 7 or later; Apple Safari 4 or 5; Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later
  • Javascript enabled
  • A screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher

Mobile Devices
  • Apple devices running iOS 4 or 5; compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and 4 S, iPad, iPad 2, and iPod touch (3rd or 4th generation recommended)
  • Android™ devices running Android 2.2 or later with Adobe AIR® 2.7 or later for Android; compatible with HTC EVO 4G, HTC Flyer, Motorola Atrix, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Xoom, and Samsung Galaxy Tab (7-inch) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
  • BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry® Tablet OS (QNX) 1.0.6 or later with AIR 2.7 or later for BlackBerry; compatible with BlackBerry PlayBook
  • For devices that do not meet these requirements, meetings can be attended in the browser if the device meets the following requirements: Mobile operating system with Flash Player and AIR support (Flash Player 10.1)
  • Attending via the Adobe Connect™ Mobile app is recommended

  • Ubuntu10; Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® (RHEL) 4.x or 5.x; Novell SUSE® 9.x or 10.x
  • Mozilla Firefox 7 or later
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later
  • Javascript enabled
  • A screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher

  • Solaris™ 10 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox 7 or later
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1
  • Javascript enabled
  • A screen resolution of 1024×768 or higher

Frequently Asked Questions +

Frequently Asked Questions

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 courses. Please contact us if you are under 16 and would like to take online lessons.

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.

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