Membership fees

English UK membership fees and other subscriptions: how they work

Our membership fee has two components: a flat rate Basic Subscription (which includes a contribution towards Student Emergency Support), and a Supplementary Subscription which is based on the size of the member's English language business, in student weeks or an equivalent. You can download a Student Weeks calculation example at the bottom of this page.

We also handle invoicing for members' annual British Council Accreditation UK fee, and, if they have signed up for this, the Copyright Licensing Agency fee. Both are at discounted rates.

English UK's financial year runs from 1 January to 31 December. Rates of subscription are agreed annually by the membership in the autumn either at a General Meeting or by postal ballot.

Private and public sector members are invoiced and make payments in slightly different ways.

Private centre subscriptions

Invoices for the Basic Subscription are sent out in January/February and invoices for the Supplementary Subscription are sent out in June/July.

Private sector members must pay these by direct debit. The Basic Subscription element is taken in five instalments from March through to July and Supplementary Subscriptions, British Council and CLA fees from August through to December.

State sector subscriptions

For state sector members, all English UK subscription invoices are issued in the first quarter of the year and Accreditation Scheme fees in the second quarter.

Basic Subscriptions: reduced rates for very small member centres

The majority of individual member centres pay the same flat rate Basic Subscription, which in 2020 is £1,459.

However, there are two reduced rates for very small centres which have declared fewer than 250 or 500 student weeks, or those which have group membership of English UK (see the Group section below for more detail).

Number of Student Weeks

Basic Subscription (2020)

Less than 250




501 +


Supplementary Subscriptions – how much you will pay

The size of this payment for each member centre is decided by the number of student weeks in the previous year for private sector members, or a proxy measure based on teacher hours and a class size conversion factor for international students taking English courses during the previous academic year for state sector members.

One student week is calculated as one student taking ten or more hours of tuition in one week: download an example at the end of this page.

The supplementary subscription charge for 2020 is below:


Number of student weeks

Supplementary Subscription (2020)


< 1,000



1,001- 2,000



2,001- 6,000



6,001- 10,000



10,001- 20,000



20,001- 30,000



30,001- 40,000



40,001- 70,000



70,001 - 100,000



100,000 - 125,000





Group Subscriptions in 2020

Groups consisting of accredited centres in the same ownership can apply to be treated as a group, and pay:

  • £1,459 for the group plus
  • £1,313 for the second and each subsequent centre joining the group i.e. £2,772 for a group of two centres, £4,085 for a group of three centres etc.
  • A supplementary subscription based on the aggregated total of the student weeks taught by all centres in the group.

Applications to be treated as a group must be made or renewed every January. The assocation has discretion to decide what arrangements constitute a 'group' and continue to constitute a group. If a group ends its direct debit mandate, its individual centres will be assessed separately for their Supplementary Subscriptions.

Copyright Licensing Agency Fee

Private sector members can join the English UK Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Scheme, which gives a discount on the licence fees based on student weeks. The discount that members benefit from is substantial - usually 50%. For 2020, the discounted rate is £0.367 plus VAT per student week.

Accreditation UK Fee

The Accreditation UK Fee is banded according to student week figures and so once members have completed their annual declaration we invoice on behalf of the British Council. The British Council's financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

English UK member centres receive a discount of £100 on their Accreditation UK fee.

Accreditation UK Fees (2019/20)


English UK member

Band 1




Band 2

2,000-5,000 student weeks



Band 3

>5,000 student weeks



SES *All accredited centres not in English UK membership are required to pay an additonal £200 contribution to English UK's Student Emergency Support.



** The cut-off date for receiving the discounted Accreditation UK and CLA charges is 31 March.