Fees and costs for new applicants

These costs are valid until 31 March 2017.

1. Pre inspection briefing

This is an optional briefing session and costs £45. You can find out more information about it on the Inspection support page

2. Accreditation UK Handbook

You can purchase a hard copy of the Accreditation UK Handbook for £10. You can order a copy by sending a cheque (payable to the British Council) for £10 to Audrey Rodgers, Accreditation Unit, British Council, Bridgewater House, 58 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6BB.

Alternatively a PDF copy of the Handbook is available on this page.

2. Scrutiny fee 

This covers the cost of checking your documentation and answering your queries. It costs £200.

3. Inspection costs

The duration of the inspection varies depending on the size of your ELT operation. Pages 9 to 10 of the Accreditation UK Handbook explain how long the inspection will take. A full fees sheet including example inspection costs is available at the bottom of the page.

State sector applicants should refer to this to estimate the costs of inspection.

Private sector applicants must pay these costs in advance.

Inspection duration Cost
One day £1,715.00
One and a half to two days £2,555.00 
Two and a half to three days £3,660.00 
Three and a half days £4,220.00 
Four days £4,790.00
Four and a half days £5,340.00
Five days  £5,890.00 
Other inspections Refer to fees sheet

4. Annual fee

Your annual fee is calculated according to the number of students studying for 10 hours or more per week multiplied by the number of weeks they study.

Here are some examples of the calculation:

10 students x 15 hours per week for 8 weeks. 10 x 8 = 80 student weeks.

5 students x 7 hours per week for 4 weeks = no student weeks. 

A guide to the calculation of student weeks can be found at the bottom of the page.

Accreditation UK is a partnership between the British Council and English UK. Accredited centres who are members of English UK pay their annual fee through English UK and benefit from a £100 reduction. Visit the English UK website to find out how to become a member.

Band No of student weeks English UK member Non English UK member
 1   (<2000 student weeks)   £600  £700
 2  (2000-5000 student weeks)   £650   £750
 3 (>5000 student weeks)   £700  £800

An additional £120 contribution to Student Emergency Support Fund will be invoiced with the Annual Fee.

The annual fee is payable from April each year but as a newly accredited ELT organisation you will be charged your first year’s fee pro rata to the number of months of accreditation.