British Study Centres
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British Study Centres was founded in the 1930’s by Joseph Cleaver, grandfather of our current Chairman and Chief Executive, Simon Cleaver. To this day, the Company remains a resolutely ’family’ firm, privately owned and managed by Simon and his family.

In the early days the Company 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.

In the early 1970’s, the Company, now run by Joseph’s sons, James and Thomas, began to focus on ’face-to-face’ tuition with the establishment of vocational colleges, West London College in London’s West End, St Aldates College in Oxford and Hove College in Brighton.

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