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English in Britain Accreditation Scheme

How to become Accredited


Schools should satisfy the following criteria:

"the organisation has operated in Britain for a minimum period of time. This qualifying period is normally set at two years for organisations offering courses throughout the year, and at three years for those offering courses for fewer than twenty-five weeks a year. If an applicant is in the same ownership as an organisation which is already accredited, a shorter qualifying period may be allowed, at the discretion of the ASAC." (Handbook 2002, section

What do I do next?

  • have a look at the Scheme Handbook, particularly Appendix D and Appendix E
  • If you feel your institution meets the Scheme Criteria complete and return forms AS3, AS2 and AS1 with stage 1 documentation

    Please see preparing documentation for inspection for further details.

  • If you would like more detailed information about the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme or wish to receive hard copies of information:

  • Please E-mail accreditation.unit@britishcouncil.org
  • If you would like a full handbook (for those who are ready to apply for accreditation - applications for inspection must be made on forms from the handbook issued for the year in which inspection will take place.) Please send your name and address together with a cheque for 25 (made payable to The British Council) to the address below:
  • Accreditation Unit
    Bridgewater House
    58 Whitworth Street
    M1 6BB

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