Membership fees


In light of the extraordinary pressure the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on the UK ELT industry, the English UK Board of Trustees has agreed to reduce 2020 supplementary subscription fees for English UK member centres by 50% to support recovery.

September update: In additon to the reduction on supplementary subscrption fees the Accreditation UK Executive Board has agreed to reduce Accreditation UK annual fees for 2020/21 by 50% to aid recovery. The Copyright Licensing Agency has also agreed to a 75% reduction for member centres in 2020, acknowledging the huge reduction in student week figures this year.

The Board will meet in November to agree plans for English UK subscriptions in 2021. As the situation currently stands, member centres' 2021 supplementary subscriptions will be calculated using 2020 student week data.


English UK membership fees and subscriptions: how they work

Language centre members

For English language teaching centres our membership fee has two components: a 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 teaching business, measured in student weeks or an equivalent.

We also handle invoicing for member centres' annual British Council Accreditation UK fee and, if you have signed up for it, the Copyright Licensing Agency fee. 

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.

Corporate members

Our membership fee for ELT service providers is £1,025 + VAT per annum. Eligible service provbiders can join as corporate members at any time during the year and will be charged on pro rata basis.

The difference between private and state sector subscriptions

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

Private centre subscriptions

In 2020 invoices for basic subscriptions will be sent out in January-February. Invoices for supplementary subscriptions will be sent out in September.

Private sector member centres are required to pay by direct debit in instalments. Accreditation UK fees will be invoiced in the final quarter and can also be paid in instalments.

State sector subscriptions

In 2020 subscription invoices for state sector member centres are issued in the first quarter of the year. Accreditation UK fees will be invoiced in the final quarter and can also be paid in instalments. 

The 50% reduction for 2020 will be applied to private sector members in 2020, with collection delayed until the final three months of the year (October to December), and to state sector members in 2021.

Subscription types: basic, supplementary and group

Basic subscriptions: reduced rates for very small member centres

The majority of individual member centres pay the same basic subscription, which is £1,459 in 2020.

However, there are two reduced rates for very small centres that have declared fewer than 250 or 500 student weeks, while those who have group membership of English UK will pay a discounted rate for teh second and subsequent centre/s (see the section on Groups 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.

The supplementary subscription charges for 2020* are:


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





* The above supplementary subscription fees for 2020 will be reduced by 50% to support member centres with recovery. The reduction will be be applied to private sector members in 2020, with collection delayed until the final three months of the year, and to state sector members in 2021. 

Group subscriptions in 2020

Groups of language teaching centres consisting of accredited centres in the same ownership will normally 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 association 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.

Other fees for member centres

Copyright Licensing Agency fee

Private sector member centres can join the English UK Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) licence fee payment scheme, which gives members a saving of well over 50% per annum. For full details of the CLA payment scheme visit CLA & MPLC fees.

Accreditation UK annual fee

The Accreditation UK annual fee is calculated according to student week figures. Once members have submitted their annual student data to English UK, English UK invoices member centres for the accreditation fee on behalf of the British Council who administer the accreditation scheme on a day-to-day basis. The invoicing arrangment with the allows English UK member centres to pay their annual accredition fees in instalments as opposed to one simple payment.

September update: In additon to the 50% reduction on English UK supplementary subscrption fees for 2020, the Accreditation UK Executive Board has agreed to reduce the annual accreditation fees for 2020/21 by 50% to aid recovery. English UK member centres will continue to receive their £100 discount on their accreditation annual fee, this is in addition to reduction of 50% for 2020/21.

In 2020 member centres will be invoiced for their Accreditation UK annual fees in October and fees will be collected by direct debit in five instalments from later in October 2020 through to February 2021. 

The British Council's financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March.

Accreditation UK annual fees (2019/20)


English UK member centres**

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 additional £200 contribution to English UK's Student Emergency Support.



**The above accreditation fees for 2020/21 will be reduced by 50% to support accredited ELT providers with recovery.