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Study UK: A Guide for Education Agents

Develop your knowledge of UK education and equip yourself with the best tools to promote the UK as a study destination.

40,754 enrolled on this course

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  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
  • Digital upgrade


Develop your knowledge of the UK higher education system.

This online course from Study UK will provide international education agents with training and advice on all aspects of UK education. Further information is included around becoming a professional education agent for the UK if relevant for you.

It will develop your knowledge of:

  • the UK education and training system
  • the attractions for students in the UK
  • quality assurance systems and how they operate
  • student lifestyle issues
  • welfare and support for international students
  • application processes and entry requirements


  • Week 1

    Why study in the UK?

    • Welcome to the course

      Welcome to the course. Let's meet your tutors.

    • Why do people study in the UK?

      Introductory activity: What do you think the UK is like? Why do people choose to study in the UK from around the world?

    • UK education

      What makes UK education a good choice for students?

    • Quality assurance

      Quality assurance in UK education.

    • Education sectors

      English language, accreditation, and other sectors.

    • Review

      Reflection and review of this week's activities.

  • Week 2

    Sending students to the UK. What do you need to know?

    • What do students want?

      What you need to know about working with students.

    • What do institutions want from agents and counsellors?

      Hear what higher education institutions expect from agents and counsellors.

    • Sources of knowledge

      Finding the information you need.

    • Specialist entry

      Find out more about the application procedure for medicine and other subjects that are different from the standard UCAS pathway.

    • Working with UK institutions

      How should you manage the relationship between yourself and the UK institution?

    • End of week review

      Review of the content and discussion activities this week.

  • Week 3

    The UK experience

    • Students' experience in the UK

      What can you do to help your students settle in?

    • Student support

      The UK is noted for its high levels of support and the nurturing atmosphere it provides for students.

    • Employability

      How can students acquire the skills they need to make themselves employable at the end of their course?

    • The end of the journey

      What happens next?

    • Next steps

      Reflect on your learning throughout this course.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the main aspects of UK education and quality assurance
  • Collaborate with and learn from peers by engaging with communities of practice
  • Explore key resources for counselling students
  • Identify aspects of your professional practice to develop
  • Explore key areas of ethical conduct for agents, advisors and counsellors
  • Demonstrate understanding of specialist entry applications

Who is the course for?

As an education agent training course, it is designed primarily for those advising students looking to come to the UK to study, including education agents, recruitment professionals, school counsellors 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. English at level B1 on the CEFR is required.

Who will you learn with?

I have almost 12 years’ experience working in International Education, including student recruitment, advice and guidance, business development, programme management, and education agents’ training.

Hailing from South Africa, I have over 15 years experience in international development and have been at British Council for over three of those years.

Who developed the course?

British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million people overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

GREAT Campaign

The GREAT campaign showcases all four corners of our nation to inspire the world and encourage people to visit, do business, invest and study in the UK.

What's included?

British Council are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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