Information and resources designed to support education agents

On this page you can access information and resources designed to support education agents who work with UK English language centres and students who are considering international study.

The British Council is committed to inspecting and accrediting quality English language centres. British Council accreditation is an internationally recognised badge of quality for all ELT markets.

We accredit a range of centres all over the UK, including private language schools (of all sizes), multicentre summer schools, colleges, universities, boarding schools and home tuition. Find out about British Council accreditation.

Education agent’s guide to studying English in the UK

Download our agent's guide below for information on the UK English language teaching offer, including types of courses on offer, quality assurance and what life in the UK is like for international students.

UK visas

British Council accreditation remains valid for:

  • Students from the European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Short-term study visa for English language courses of up to 11 months
  • Children on short courses (Child visitors)

It is important to find out what type of visa you need in order to be able study in the UK. The application process can take some time so make sure you apply well in advance.

The Study UK: Discover You website provides lots of information on applying for a visa. The type of study visa needed will depend on the student’s age, the length of the course and the level of the course that your client wants to study.

The UK Visas and Immigration website also provides useful information.

Education UK agent training programme

The British Council is committed to working with quality agents who represent UK institutions. Our work with agents, advisors, counsellors and consultants centres around promoting and supporting quality, professionalism and integrity. Training is a core component of our strategy.

Our agent training programme involves attending workshops, two online modules and a final written exam. It covers the UK education system, living in the UK and visa requirements. Email agent.training@britishcouncil.org to find out how to become a British Council-certified agent.

English UK resources for agents and Partner Agency Scheme

Download essential information for education agents, which includes lots of useful information on living in the UK, learning in the UK, and visas and immigration.

English UK runs events for agents enabling you to meet face-to-face with English language centres. Find out more about inward missions, boutique fairs and StudyWorld.

The English UK Partner Agency Scheme recognises educational agencies and consultancies that are successfully promoting the UK as an English language teaching destination. Find out more.

British Council offices

We operate in over 100 countries and territories world-wide. Find contact details for all British Council offices around the world, using the drop down menu.

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