The British Council
The stated purpose of the British Council is “to build mutually beneficial relationships between people in the UK [United Kingdom] and other countries and to increase appreciation of the UK’s creative ideas and achievements.”
To these ends, the British Council operates an accreditation scheme for English language schools, in order to help foreign students identify top-quality language schools where they can study English in the UK. Accredited institutions must meet the British Council’s strict evaluation criteria and maintain very high standards of teaching and school administration.
Like all institutions accredited by the British Council, we undergo a full inspection every four years and a random spot inspection from time to time.
British Accreditation Council
The British Accreditation Council (BAC) “has provided a comprehensive quality assurance scheme for independent further and higher education in the UK since 1984,” says the organisation’s website. “Our accreditation is recognised over the world by students, agents and government officials as the clearest mark of educational quality in the private sector.”
All BAC-accredited institutions like CIE undergo interim visits, regular spot checks, and re-inspections. We are also required to submit an annual return outlining our current state of affairs as well as plans for the future.
In 2004, two previous associations (ARELS and BASELT) merged to form English UK.
“We have over 350 member centres in private schools, educational trusts and charities, further education colleges and universities. The British Council accredits all our members under the Accreditation UK Scheme, which we run in partnership with the British Council.”
“Our key roles are to promote quality and to represent our members’ interests. For students, enrolling at an English UK centre is the best way to ensure that you have a good experience in the UK and get the most you can out of your English language course.”