Choosing an English language centre
Finding a course
On Education UK, you can find thousands of courses at accredited English language centres across the UK. Just click here to start browsing! Use the filters to choose courses that suit you.
There are over 500 accredited English language centres across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. You can choose to study either:
- At a private, specialist English language centre
- At a school, college or university that offers a wide range of other subjects too.
Whichever option you choose, you will find specialist English language teachers, classes and facilities.
Choosing a reputable English language centre
When you are choosing a course, the top priority is to make sure the English language centre has been inspected and accredited by the UK government and education bodies.
There are a number of accreditation and inspection bodies in the UK. These bodies set strict standards for the quality of teaching, facilities and student care, and carry out regular inspections to make sure these standards are maintained.
You can usually access reports to see how each centre has performed. Have a look on the centre’s website, or visit the relevant accreditation/inspection body website below.
For any English language course, we strongly recommend that you choose a centre that is:
Licensed as a Tier 4 sponsor by UK Visas and Immigration; or
Inspected by one of the following bodies:
- Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education
- Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted)
- Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education in Scotland
- Estyn, Her Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales
- Northern Ireland's Education and Training Inspectorate
- Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI); or
- Accredited by one of the following bodies:
- Accreditation UK, a British Council and English UK scheme which offers an accreditation service for English language schools;
- Accreditation Body for Language Services (ABLS), an accreditation service for English language schools and providers;
- The British Accreditation Council (BAC), which offers a more general accreditation service covering a wide range of educational establishments and their courses;
- The Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC), which also offers a general accreditation service covering a wide range of educational establishments and their courses.
On the Education UK website, the English language centres that we list are either part of the British Council/English UK Accreditation UK scheme, and/or are licensed as a Tier 4 sponsor by UK Visas and Immigration.
You may need a visa to study in the UK, depending on your nationality. You can find out if you need a visa here. If you do need a visa, you must study at an English language centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration.