General English Courses

General English is BSC's most popular course. This programme combines our General English tuition with a unique curriculum designed to develop your 21st Century Skills and prepare you for career success.

The course develops the confidence and skills you need to express yourself powerfully and is ideal if to help you advance your career at home or abroad.

General English is the centre of our teaching at BSC and will improve your English communication skills in an engaging, interactive way. Using materials from National Geographic Learning and a coursebook that has been specifically designed for BSC, you learn new vocabulary, better understand English grammar, and get support in the areas you need it the most.

General English Course Facts

Start dates

Any Monday

Available in

London, Brighton, Manchester, York & Edinburgh

Course levels

Beginner (A1) – Advanced (C1)


20, 25, and 30 lessons per week

20 lessons = 16.6 hrs
25 lessons = 20.8 hrs
30 lessons = 35 hrs

Class size

Maximum 14

Minimum age

16 years

Lesson duration

50 minutes

Price per week (from)

£255 (click here for price details)

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General English course outcomes

By the end of your time on this exciting course, you will have:

  • Learned many more useful English words and expressions by using a combination of course books, authentic materials and stimulating classroom activities
  • Be better prepared to work effectively and confidently in a career setting at home or abroad
  • Have improved your teamwork, creative, presentation and critical thinking skills while advancing your digital competency and English language ability
  • Become more confident, fluent and accurate when speaking English
  • Have developed and demonstrated, using English, the 21st Century Skills that are increasingly demanded by employers
  • Improved your knowledge, understanding and production of English grammatical forms
  • Gained insight into different cultures by making friends and sharing experiences with students from around the world in a lively and life-changing environment

General English Add-Ons

Enhance your General English experience with one of these great course options (only available in-school)

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Business English & Communication

Perfect if you are improving your English for work. Transform your General English course into a full Business English package.

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IELTS Exam Preparation

The best option if you are looking to learn English and access University. Prepare for you IELTS exam and guarantee your place.

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Cambridge Exam Preparation

The ideal add-on if you are taking English lessons to prepare for exam or to progress into Higher Education.

Improve your English quickly with one-to-one lessons

Support your studies with private English lessons, tailored to help you with the areas that you most want to improve.

These lessons are a great way to improve your English language skills quickly and reach your potential. Get specific, focused advice from one of our tutors and have individual answers to your questions and challenges.

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Private Lesson Prices

Private English lessons are available in all our BSC Colleges. Contact us today to book your lessons.

All BSC Colleges: £75 per lesson (60 minutes). Pre-book 10 lessons for just £500.

How can I learn English quickly?

Private English classes give you an opportunity to work on the areas of English you find most challenging or learn vocabulary that interests you. Become confident in your language skills, quickly.

Every BSC college offers private English lessons for adults. The content is agreed between you and your teacher – so you learn exactly what you need. Private lessons are 60 minutes each, giving you plenty of time to practice and learn.

Student Outcomes

"I have special and happy experiences at BSC York. The teachers are lovely and helpful. I’ve had a great time with them and I wish I could stay longer."

Jai-Tzu, Taiwan, BSC York

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 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 teachers made me feel welcome, very welcome because I think they are very good teachers. I could recommend them to everyone!"

Davide, BSC London student, Italy

Why is learning English important?

English is everywhere. It’s an official language in over 50 countries and the most widely spoken language in the world.

If you are confident with English, it can help you in your studies, career, travels, social experiences and much more. In fact, there are many reasons to improve your English. A General English course is a great way for beginners and more experienced learners to improve their level of English and start working towards their dreams.