A free online course developed by the British Council will give a complete breakdown of the work of education agents, advisors and counsellors in the international English language learning sector.
The Study UK: a Guide for Education Agents, Advisors and Counsellors MOOC is designed for people interested in starting out in the sector or consolidating their current skills and is open for registrations now.
The course, hosted on the FutureLearn platform, will run for four weeks from 13 November with 12 hours of content. It follows the journey of a student from their first decision to study, through to the support they need while living and studying in the UK.
The course is open to all, making it more accessible than British Council certification courses that require agents to have existing agreements with education establishments.
The course includes:
•Visa and immigration issues
•How to use UCAS
•How to make specialised applications such as medicine and architecture
•Quality assurance mechanisms
Brenda McMahon, Global Head of Higher Education at the British Council, said: “We’ve taken the knowledge we’ve honed from decades of experience in the British Council and turned it into a free course that benefits everyone in the sector.
“This is for people who are just starting out in the business. It’s about reaching a wider audience, promoting the UK and sharing our expertise with people in the English teaching sector worldwide.”
The course can be accessed through futurelearn.com/courses/study-uk-education-advisors and has been co-funded by the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign as part of their joint Study UK drive.
The course includes video lessons from experts in the higher education and ELT sectors, plus spokespeople in specialist areas like boarding schools.
The British Council provides rigorous training courses and certification for agents in the UK. To be eligible, agents must have agreements in place with at least two UK education institutions on the Register of Sponsors or an accredited language school.
The British Council searchable database of 1000 qualified agents is at bcagent.info/gal/