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English in Britain Accreditation Scheme
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Guarantee of quality

All the schools, colleges and universities on this list are accredited through the English in Britain Accreditation Scheme. This means that they all meet agreed quality standards guaranteed by the British Council.

The British Council assesses the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare and accredits organisations which meet the overall standard in each area inspected (see the homepage for more details of the Accreditation Scheme).

The publishable statement
The statement next to the name of the school, college or university provides further information about the institution. This information is based on the independent findings of the British Council inspection report.

1. Format
All the statements follow the same model:
Line 1:Name of institution and date of inspection.
Line 2:Type of institution, main type of course offered and age range of student enrolled
Line 3: A need for improvement
Line 4: Points of excellence

If no need for improvement was identified in the report, line 3 is empty.
If no points of excellence were identified in the report, line 4 is empty.

2. Focus
The statement focuses only on a need for improvement or a point of excellence. A need for improvement does not signify that the institution should not be accredited. All the institutions listed meet the standards set by the British Council.

3. Scope
These are the terms used in the statements:

  • For the size of an institution we have used either large or small
  • For the type of institution we have only used the word private. All other institutions are state sector.
  • Type of course offered: We have used only general, academic or professional to refer to an organisation's main or regular course type. Academic refers to pre-sessional, and other types of English for Academic Purposes courses but not to exam preparation. Professional refers to the training of overseas teachers, business English, and other English for Specific Purposes courses. Many institutions offer a wide variety of courses on an occasional basis or on request. You should consult the institution's publicity for a complete list of their available courses.
  • Residential refers to courses which are wholly residential. We have also used mainly residential where appropriate.
  • Vacation courses cover all courses outside normal term time.
  • We have also used the term, closed groups, to refer to courses which are for a particular group of students, usually of the same nationality, visiting the UK together.
  • We have also included reference to work placement or other subjects if this was a defining characteristic of the kind of provision on offer.
  • We have used adult, young adult, teenager, junior and young learner and specified the exact age range where this information has been available.
  • Areas for improvement and points of excellence. The words used were taken from the following list:

    general management
    care of juniors
    administration of students
    safety and security

    premises (the building, classrooms etc)
    leisure facilities

    academic resources
    IT facilities
    self-access facilities

    academic management
    teachers' qualifications
    course design
    learner training (how students are encouraged to develop independent learning skills)

    welfare (looking after students)
    pastoral care
    leisure programme

    Please note that a need for improvement in premises, for example, does not mean that every single aspect of the building, classrooms, leisure facilities, library etc is in need of improvement.

    Likewise a need for improvement in teachers' qualifications does not mean that all the teaching staff are unqualified. Accredited schools can not employ unqualified members of staff. The sentence means that the organisation should aim to raise the level of qualifications of one or more of its staff.

    4. Use of the statement
    The British Council has written statements for each accredited school, college and university. Institutions however are not obliged to use the statement.

    List of publishable statements A-K L-Z

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