A British Council agent

The purpose of our new online training courses is to provide a practical and professional training programme for those whose role is to recommend the UK as a study destination to international students.

The British Council Agent and Counsellor Training Suite is designed to equip school counsellors, college counsellors, teachers and education agents with the knowledge to become a professional and fully certified British Council Agent or Counsellor.

The training programme reflects the changing context around UK education for international students and education industry trends. All the courses have been written by the British Council’s experienced team of experts and the suite consists of multiple levels of self-study courses providing career progression.

The programme provides up-to-date information on visa and immigration regulations to support UK institutions’ international student recruitment into the UK and enables agents and counsellors to understand the different education and qualification requirements.

The flexible and user-friendly training supports professional development by providing continued learning at multiple levels of high-quality study. The interactive and engaging content will enable participants, in any location with internet access, to complete the training when it best suits them and can be conveniently accessed on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

The training suite covers:

  • the UK education and training system, courses and qualifications at each level
  • the attractions for students considering studying and living in the UK
  • student lifestyle issues – living costs, travel and accommodation
  • quality assurance mechanisms and how they operate
  • course fees and scholarships
  • UK application procedures and standard entry requirements; visa and immigration regulations
  • professionalism and ethical behaviour
  • working with UK institutions and academic readiness
  • visa and immigration compliance for UK institutions and students
  • GDPR and intellectual property
  • child safeguarding
  • ethics.

Fees start at £200 per course.

Visit the Agent and Counsellor Training Suite platform to sign up for the available courses.

If you have any queries or would like to find out more, please contact agent.training@britishcouncil.org.

New Study UK free online course – open to all 

The Study UK campaign has produced a free massive open online course (MOOC) that will provide you with information about the UK as a study destination. It will be your opportunity to:

  • join an online community and access lots of free resources and guidance to help you with promotional activities
  • interact with others and share expertise whilst learning
  • learn with the British Council. The course is led by Helen Obaje, Professional Development Manager at the British Council.

It follows the journey of a student from their first decision to study, through to the support they need while living and studying in the UK. Topics covered include:

  • the benefits of study in the UK
  • learning why students choose the UK
  • defining the skills, knowledge and responsibilities needed to get students on to the right course
  • understanding how UK institutions support learners
  • exploring the resources available to support agents, counsellors and advisors.

You can register your interest now: http://bit.ly/2xIvhx7

This course is designed primarily for those counselling students looking to come to the UK to study, including school counsellors, education agents and those interested in becoming education agents. Potential students and learners who are interested in coming to the UK to study will also find the course informative and useful.