Apply to become an accredited centre

This page is for centres who are not yet accredited by the British Council and it summarises the information you have to supply at each of the three application stages. It also provides you with templates that enable you to self assess your eligibility before you start your application. You can find our more on pages 47 to 50 of the Accreditation UK Handbook.

Before you apply

You can self assess your organisation against the inspection criteria. Use these templates to see if you are ready to apply.

  1. Management (Word 74KB)
  2. Resources and environment (Word 54KB)
  3. Teaching and learning (Word 74KB)
  4. Welfare and student services (Word 88KB)
  5. Care of under 18s (Word 55KB)
  6. Home tuition (Word 52KB)
  7. International study centres (Word 55KB)
  8. In company provision (Word 52KB)

Applying for inspection (Stage 1)

You need to download, complete and submit the:

1. Relevant application form - private sector (Word 253KB), state sector (Word 228KB) or home tuition providers (Word 168KB) with home tuition teacher list (31KB).

2. Declaration of legal and regulatory compliance (Word 35KB)

3. First application checklist (Word 80KB).

The table below shows the application deadlines for certain inspection months.

Inspection month Deadline
July / August 2016 4 March 2016
September / October 2016 3 June 2016
November / December 2016 29 July 2016
January / February / March 2017 4 November 2016
April / May / June 2017 6 January 2017
July / August 2017 3 March 2017
   

Please post completed applications to Mark Jones, Accreditation Unit, British Council, Bridgewater House, 58 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6BB.

Please keep a copy of your application as a reference and backup.

If you have already had a first inspection and have been advised to apply for a supplementary inspection, you will need a Supplementary inspection application form(Word 75KB).

Where centres have 'Points to be addressed' on an inspection report, an appropriate action plan (template available here), will be submitted in preparation for the next inspection. This plan will include a timeframe and will form part of the next inspection. 

Preparing for inspection (Stage 2)

We will inform you when your application has been checked and is in order. We will then pass it to the Inspections Co-ordinator to arrange your inspection. You must then send both inspectors inspection preparation documentation (see Handbook pages 48-49).

It is possible for centres to provide documentation electronically for inspectors. If you are interested in this format you can get more information from the Electronic documentation guidance document (PDF 292 KB). Appendix 2 (Word 82 KB) and Appendix 3 (Word 72 KB) from this guidance document have been made available to download separately in Word format.

Template forms are provided for some of these items:

Preparing for inspection (Stage 2 - rationales)

You must submit rationales for members of the academic staff whose qualifications do not meet Scheme requirements for their roles. These requirements are set out in criteria T1, T2 and T4 and further information is provided in section 4.2 of the Handbook.

Rationale forms are provided for:

1. A teacher who does not have a general level of education normally represented by a Level 6 qualification on the Ofqual register of Regulated Qualifications (Word 26KB).

2. A teacher who does not have the ELT/TESOL qualifications appropriate to the courses they are teaching (Word 27KB).

3. A sole academic manager (i.e. where there is only one person in charge of academic management) who is not TEFLQ and/or does not have a minimum of three years full-time relevant teaching experience (Word 40KB).

4. An academic management team leader (where there is a formally constituted team involved in academic management) who is not TEFLQ and/or does not have a minimum of three years full-time relevant teaching experience (Word 53KB).

5. A member of an academic management team who is not TEFLQ and/or does not have a minimum of three years full-time relevant teaching experience (Word 42KB).

NB Criterion T4 states that “at least one person (in an academic management team) will have....a TEFLQ qualification”. Rationales for TEFLI members of the academic management team with a Level 6 qualification and the required experience (see T4 above) will normally be accepted if they are supported by a TEFLQ member of the team and are carrying out duties appropriate to their level of qualification. The rationale is needed to clarify their qualifications, experience, and deployment.

 If you need to check the qualifications of academic staff you can use the form below

Qualifications evaluation (Word 40KB)

During the inspection (Stage 3)

There are no specific forms for stage 3 - please see pages 49-50 of the Accreditation UK Handbook for the full list of documentation inspectors will want to see during the inspection. Inspectors will sample files and records to obtain evidence that criteria are met.

If you would like further information on the application stages, you can download our Pre inspection advice sheet (PDF 114KB)

Feedback on inspections

We welcome your feedback on the inspection process. Please use the Inspection evaluation form (Word 72KB) to tell us about your experience.