The Accreditation Body for Language Services

Experts in assuring the quality of English language schools and services across the UK and beyond.


Quality assurance expertise

For over 25 years, ABLS has offered quality assurance support in the English language sector. We are approved by the UK government to accredit English language schools recruiting visa students. Our inspectors can also assess UK homestay accommodation providers and teaching quality in overseas English language schools.

Ensuring high standards

We work with schools to understand their unique situation and apply our criteria in a rigorous but fair manner. ABLS recognises that English is taught in a wide variety of contexts and has therefore always supported diversity and choice. Our criteria require a high level of provision in all areas and feedback from our inspectorate helps schools to improve.

Benefits of accreditation

Organisations meeting the ABLS Standard enjoy a clear competitive advantage over unaccredited schools, gaining a stronger reputation in the marekt that goes further than the ability to attract certain visa students. Student satisfaction increases when studying in a school that strives for continuous excellence. Accredited schools can also call upon our extensive experience of international markets and visa policies, plus receive news from our global network.

Find a quality UK language school

ABLS accredits a range of schools across the UK. Search by region to find the perfect school for your studies.

Contact us

PO Box 316,
Great Yarmouth,
NR30 9EP
Tel: +44 (0)1493 393471