Tuesday 31 October 2017


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

•Pastoral care

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/ 


Notes to Editor

For more information, contact Nicola Norton on +44 (0) 207 389 4889 or  nicola.norton@britishcouncil.org  

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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. britishcouncil.org

About the Study UK campaign

The Study UK campaign promotes the best of British education overseas and supports the global objectives of UK universities.

The Study UK: Discover You initiative focuses on the experiences, knowledge and confidence that students can gain from UK study, whether in the UK, or overseas or through distance learning, online provision, and other models. The campaign is being delivered by the British Council and supported by nearly 100 universities.

The GREAT Britain campaign

The GREAT Britain campaign showcases the very best of what the country has to offer to encourage the world to visit, study and do business with the UK.  It has generated returns of more than £3bn for the UK economy since 2012. www.great.gov.uk/int/