Types of course providers

Where do you want to study?

There are different types of British Council accredited English language teaching centres and institutions all over the UK.

Up to the age of 16, you will probably learn English in a language centre or independent school running summer courses.

If you are over the age of 16, you have more choice. Accredited institutions include specialised language schools and colleges of further education and universities. Here are some of the options and the types of course you should expect.

Private language schools


Private language schools typically offer a range of different English language courses. Some may specialise in teaching young learners or business executives. Others have special expertise in English for Specific Purposes or English Plus courses. Language schools can often cater for all skill levels and provide full-time or part-time options. Short, long and summer programmes are usually available and you can often choose when to start your course.

Independent schools and tutorial colleges


Courses allow you to study a range of subjects, and all your activities involve using English. Some independent schools also offer special summer programmes.

Further education institutions 


Full-time and part-time courses, for beginners to advanced. They also offer career-based training and academic courses in classes where many students speak English as their first language. Learning the language alongside another subject will sometimes be called English Plus.

Higher education institutions


Higher education institutions offer full-time and part-time courses. Your language skills should be intermediate or better. Many of these institutions specialise in teaching English for Academic Purposes and Foundation courses.