Accreditations and Approvals

English Language Accreditations for Glasgow School of English


British Council

Glasgow School of English is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English. The British Council is an independent body dedicated to promoting British culture and education throughout the world. Accreditation confirms that the school environment, our administrative procedures and, most importantly, the quality of our teaching meet with the exacting standards as required by The British Council, Accreditation UK scheme. Glasgow School of English was last inspected in March 2019 and the full report can be seen by clicking here.

English UK

Glasgow School of English is a member of English UK. English UK is the world’s leading language teaching association with over 450 members. A key condition of membership is that all members hold accreditation from the British Council under the Accreditation UK scheme. This scheme is managed by the British Council in partnership with English UK.

UK Visas & Immigration - Tier 4 Sponsor

Glasgow School of English is a UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) Tier 4 Sponsor. Our sponsor licence number is 18EC8KTJ1 and we are listed on the current Tier 4 Register of Sponsors.

To become a Tier 4 Sponsor we had to demonstrate an existing track record of recruiting only genuine students, who are fully focused on improving their English language skills, attending their lessons and completing their course in full. We are also required to ensure that we only sponsor genuine students who require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK. We therefore have systems and processes in place to ensure that every application is assessed very carefully before a decision is made to issue a Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) which allows a student to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

International Association of Language Centres (IALC)

The International Association of Language Centres (IALC) was established in 1983 and is a global association of leading independent language schools worldwide that teach the language of their country. All IALC accredited schools are regularly inspected and monitored under the IALC Quality Scheme. Membership is exclusive to independently owned schools that are not part of any of the large “chains” . At the moment, schools from 22 countries, representing over 100 destinations are part of IALC. 

Bildungsurlaub Approval

The school is Bildungsurlaub approved for the Rhineland Palatinate, Hessen and Saarland regions of Germany. This means that any German employee from these regions can come and study English in Scotland with us, while still receiving full pay from their employer. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about this scheme and how it can help you learn or improve your English.

CSN Recognised Provider

We are approved to offer courses for CSN in Sweden. This programme provides Swedish students grants to study abroad. They may choose to take a course here.

Glasgow School of English is recognised by UKVI as a Tier 4 sponsor to bring students into the UK on Tier 4 General Student Visas under licence number 18EC8KTJ.