Most UK language centres are now open with appropriate safety measures in place in accordance with government guidelines. Some are also offering students the opportunity to learn online, and the British Council has created a Code of practice to support this.
Language centres on this list (30kb download) have signed up to the Code of practice and online delivery is included in their accreditation, pending inspection.
The A-Z list contains all the British Council accredited centres with links to their websites. In the case of centres with a name beginning with 'The' look for the next word, for example 'The School of English' would be listed under S for School. If you are in any doubt about the accreditation status of an organisation contact us.
A new category of accreditation has been introduced to support new applicants. From January 2021 it is possible for a new applicant to gain PROVISIONAL ACCREDITATION.
Provisional accreditation means that the language centre met the standards of the Scheme in the areas it was possible to assess at the time of an initial inspection. The accreditation is awarded to a new ELT provider for a limited period, not exceeding one year, following a successful Stage 1 inspection. The centre must then undergo a supplementary inspection to assess any criteria and parts of the provision not seen in order to gain full accreditation. Expiry dates for any provisional accreditations are included in the listing below.
British Council inspection reports are posted on the website after each Accreditation Scheme Advisory Committee (ASAC) meeting. Due to the coronavirus pandemic the inspections for most of the centres which were due to take place in 2020 or early 2021 have been postponed.
Please refer to the inspection criteria when reading reports published until the end of 2017. A list of the inspection criteria can be found at the bottom of the page. Reports from 2018 contain the inspection criteria within the report so there is no need to refer to a separate document.