Frequently asked questions

Is an accreditation visit only an evaluative exercise?

A BALEAP assessment visit is also a formative opportunity to discuss your EAP provision and related student services with the assessors. BALEAP assessors are EAP programme or centre directors themselves and can thus bring their own experience to bear on any issues you would like to raise. Assessors’awareness of practice at other institutions can also serve to inform areas of your own course provision and development.

How do we know if we are ready for an inspection visit?

You can arrange to have a meeting with the BAS Chair to discuss a possible accreditation visit and what this would involve.BALEAP member institutions seeking accreditation are also entitled to a free visit from an assessor to help them prepare for the accreditation process.For details please contact us

Can we receive advice on an area of our provision we think might currently fail?

The BAS Chair and/or one of the BAS assessors can discuss your concerns and provide guidance. Please email Note that partial accreditation is also possible if you are already accredited by Accreditation UK. Details can be found in the Handbook.

How do we apply for an accreditation visit?

You must be an institutional member of BALEAP to be eligible for accreditation. You can apply online or send three copies of the application form (Appendix 1 in the handbook) to the secretary of the Accreditation Scheme Committee. Prior to the visit, you will be asked to submit full documentation for each course you wish to have accredited.

What happens during the visit?

  • An assessment visit occurs over three days, beginning lunch time on day one and finishing at lunch time on day three.
  • Two BAS assessors will attend your institution to observe a sample of classes andmeet students, teachers and course administrators to elicit their views about the course.
  • The assessors aim to verify the claims made about the course in the information and declarations made in the application form and in any advertising materials or brochures.
  • The assessors will submit a report to the Accreditation Scheme Committee, which makes the final decision about whether the course meets the required standards for the accreditation criteria.

For further information please contact the BAS Committee Chair, Olwyn Alexander, using our contact form.