Find an English language course that suits you best and find out more about studying English in the UK.

The UK is the home of the English language. Over 500,000 students come to the UK each year to learn English, to make new friends, and to experience life in the UK. We can offer you a wide range of high quality courses in locations all over the UK.

British Council accreditation

Accreditation UK is a quality assurance scheme for schools, colleges, and universities which offer courses in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The scheme gives an assurance of quality to international students who are taking or are planning to take an English language course in the UK.

Studying at a British Council accredited centre means that you can be assured the centre has meet high standards. Independent inspectors carry out regular inspections of all centres, which include checks on teaching, premises and accommodation.

The British Council also has an independent complaints procedure to help you in case you have a problem whilst you are studying. Our aim is to make sure that students studying at accredited schools are protected and enjoy a quality learning experience in the UK. Find out more about British Council accreditation.

Search for a course

Our Accreditation UK site has an A-Z list of all of the language centres we accredit and below you can find a document listing them. The list is organised into regions of the UK to help you find a centre in a specific UK location of your choice.

From a one week general English course over the summer, English for Business, English and Scuba Diving and up to eleven months foundation/pathways courses to help you prepare for higher education, the UK has a huge range of choices to learn English.

The British Council’s partners in the Accreditation scheme, English UK, have a course finder for English courses in the UK. The course finder is available in twelve languages. Please note that some accredited centres are not English UK members and so will not appear in this course finder. This is not an indication of the quality of these centres.

Study in the UK

Find out about studying in the UK to make sure you make the best choice. We offer a wide range of courses, including General English, Business English, English for Specific and Academic Purposes and Vacation Courses. For more information, visit Study UK: Discover You - the British Council’s official website for international students who are interested in a UK education.

Information brochures for students coming to the UK

1. Directory of accredited schools 

In our directory of British Council accredited schools, you will find contact details for all our schools in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. You can download our 'Directory of British Council accredited schools', accessible below.

2. Creating confidence - Making sure that your time studying in the UK is safe and enjoyable

This guide is designed to help you prepare for your stay here and give you practical advice about living and studying in the UK. It highlights some of the safety and security issues you may need to be aware of, offers sensible advice, and lists organisations to contact if you need help. You can download our 'Creating confidence' guide, listed below.

3. Safety First - a pre-departure guide

This guide is designed to help you get ready for what we hope will be the experience of a lifetime, and it is packed with useful and important information. You will find everything you need to know, and what to do, before you leave home, as well as advice about your arrival in the UK, settling in, getting organised, and making the most of your new student life. You can download our 'Safety First' guide, listed below.

4. A smoother journey – the British Council’s role in visa and immigration

We aim to help all international students have a positive experience in the UK. We do this by giving you guidance on preparing for a visa, preparing for coming to the UK, and settling in safely once you arrive. Find out more about British Council’s role in visa and immigration in this booklet. You can download the 'Smoother journey' brochure, listed below.