British Council Accreditation: Why is it so Important?
British Council accreditation means a centre can participate in overseas exhibitions, showcasing their work and facilities to an overseas audience. This provides a more established profile for the centre and offers greater recognition and credibility. Gaining accredited status promotes the quality of teaching and facilities their institution.
Association with the British council also enables centres to access overseas market information. They also gain exclusive access to experienced inspectors and a wealth of expertise to help their organisation grow. Inspectors provide support and advice to all areas of their business operation. This also helps intuitions stay informed about the latest developments in the industry including statutory updates in their sector.
Accredited status allows centres to feature on the Education UK website and the Accreditation UK A-Z list of accredited centres. This means they can be promoted through their extensive network of British Council offices in over 100 countries.
They also gain exclusive access to the British Council’s Services for International Education Marketing (SIEM), a service which supports accredited centres in their international work and can help with international student recruitment, market intelligence and knowledge, developing fruitful relationships with overseas markets.
Institutions which hold British Council accreditation adhere to regular inspection to measure the quality of their training and learning provision which continually helps them to maintain their high standards. It also offers the opportunity for professional development with regular invitations to industry events to meet the experts face-to-face.
Students benefit hugely from studying at independent education providers due to their smaller, more focused class size dedicated to specialist vocational programmes. Choosing from a range of accredited courses provides students with additional security and support throughout their stay in the UK.
If an accredited centre does not continue to adhere to the quality standards set by British Council accreditation, students are within their rights to seek support and guidance through a complaints procedure. This provides students and their families’ additional assurance about the operation of their chosen institution.