Applying for Accreditation: The Requirements

May 25, 2016

The British Council is a quality assurance organisation that monitors and inspects schools, colleges and universities across the UK. The purpose of accreditation is to successfully promote quality teaching of English language through a network of accredited institutions in the UK. This article takes a look at the process involved with applying for accredited status, the requirements and the benefits of British Council accreditation.

Are you eligible to become a British Council accredited school?

Currently, the British Council has awarded accreditation to over 570 English Language Teaching centres across the UK. These centres range from privately taught language schools and summer schools to universities and colleges.

You are eligible to apply for British Council accreditation if you fall under the following criteria:

-You are a UK organisation, which offers English language teaching in the UK.

-You are currently teaching at least one student.

-You have offered English language teaching in the UK to students for a minimum of a year. Alongside this, there are a minimum number of weeks you have to run the courses for. Read page 15 of the British Council Accreditation Handbook for more information on the exact number require.

-If you are a privately run organisation, you must have permanent residency in the UK and if you are part of a larger organisation, a registered office in the UK.


How will your institution be inspected by the British Council?

Management: The British Council will inspect the quality of the management, including staff management, student administration, quality assurance and the information which is available before enrolment. Inspectors can spot check elements of the legal and regulatory declaration.

Learning Resources, Facilities and Premises: The institution will be evaluated on the number and quality of learning resources which are made available to the students. The learning environment will be assessed to ensure it sufficiently supports and enhances a student’s ability to learn. The premises and the general facilities that it is has to offer are also assessed as a part of this inspection.

Teaching and Learning: All academic staff and teachers will require an academic staff profile that adheres to the current guidelines set by the British Council. Every teacher will be assessed on their current qualifications and given support to ensure their teaching meets student requirements.

designed and implemented will also be assessed alongside the academic management of each individual learner. Assessment usually takes place during a classroom observation.

Welfare and Culture: The British council will visit and review the accommodation provided by each learning provider. This part of the assessment will also inspect that students are secure and are offered sufficient pastoral care, information and leisure activities.

Under 18’s Care: This inspection is only carried out if the learning provider offers courses to under 18’s. During the assessment, the British Council will inspect the management, accommodation and the level of support which is given to the younger students.


The Benefits of British Council Accreditation

There are many benefits to becoming a British Council Accredited School for both institution and student. If a centre is granted accreditation, they have access to a number of promotional opportunities to help them advertise their services to the public.

British Council accreditation allows learning providers and institutions to participate in overseas exhibitions, enabling them to showcase their facilities and resources to an overseas audience. This will help to raise the profile of an educational institution, creating a more credible learning environment. Overseas participation also gives centres exclusive access to market information, experienced inspectors and a wealth of expertise to help grow and enhance the organisation. This exclusive access helps institutions stay informed about the latest developments in the educational sector.

Institutions also gain exclusive access to the British Council’s Services for International Education Marketing (SIEM). This service supports accredited centres in all aspects of the business including international student recruitment, marketing intelligence and developing fruitful relationships with the overseas market.

There are many benefits of British Council accreditation and although there are rigorous inspections which take place, it’s for the mutual benefit of both teacher and student to get the most out of English language courses which are offered throughout the UK. Read why British Council accreditation is so important for more information.

Alternatively, visit our website for more information on the courses we can provide for international students. We only work with British Council accredited schools, colleges and institutions to ensure quality teaching and resources.