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British Council (Accreditation UK) is a quality-assurance scheme that monitors UK schools, colleges and universities offering courses in English as a Foreign Language (EFL). The scheme checks and improves the standards of providers’ teaching, management, facilities and welfare provision. It is administered by English UK and the British Council. Choosing an accredited centre means you are certain of high-quality learning, value for money and the best investment for your future. Schools are regularly visited by experienced and independent inspectors and only those that meet the high standards of the Scheme are accredited.

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Quality English schools are carefully selected from the best Independent English language schools in English speaking countries. They are renowned for their quality and reputation, and offer a choice of general and specialised courses in desirable locations around the world. All schools are independently owned and managed. They are not part of a chain and each school has its own unique character.  Quality Education colleges are carefully selected from the best independent colleges offering academic and vocational courses which are taught in English. They offer exceptional service, unique character and a choice of courses. They must be independent and accredited. Quality English check feedback from students and agents to make sure that students are happy with their courses and they take quality control very seriously and regularly monitor the quality of all their English language schools through student feedback, agent references and accreditation results. These must be of an excellent and consistent standard.

English UK is the national association of accredited English language centres in the United Kingdom. They work to raise standards and to ensure students have a great experience learning English in the UK. Concord are proud to be members of English UK, Young Learners English UK (a specialist interest group of English UK) and English UK Central.

EL Gazette is an international news and media company for the English Language Teaching (ELT) industry and international English-medium education.  They run regular features and listings of courses available in a particular sector.  This includes language schools that have been awarded EL Gazette Centre of Excellence status.  These awards are based on the information found in the British Council Inspection reports on the language centres which the British Council accredits under the Accreditation UK scheme. The rankings are compiled by the EL Gazette and are not produced by the British Council, English UK or Accreditation UK.