4.1 All prices for English Language Products offered through the Portal will be displayed on the Portal (or notified to you in person, where applicable). All prices quoted include applicable taxes and charges incurred by the British Council for use of debit or credit cards unless otherwise stated. You may incur additional charges for the use of debit or credit cards from your provider and such charges are in addition to the advertised British Council fee. Fees may change from time to time, but this will not affect any Registration Application which has been confirmed by a Booking Confirmation.
The course fee must be paid in full upon registration before starting the course either by credit or debit card, bank transfer or against an invoice. For payment against an invoice, we need an order approved by a representative of a sponsor company prior to registration.
Course books* and exam fees are not included in the course fee. The Academic Year consists of three Terms: usually September – December (Term 1), January – March (Term 2) and April – June (Term 3). Terms may be of a different duration.
*Books are not provided and must be paid for separately for our young learner exam preparation courses. Materials are provided for all other young learner courses.
Books are not provided for our adult General English and Exam Preparation courses and must be paid for separately. Materials are provided for the IELTS preparation course, Communication Skills, Business Breakfast, Proficiency Express.
4.1.1 The British Council cannot accept payments made from banks (or other financial institutions) sanctioned by the UK or any other relevant jurisdiction. Where the British Council discovers evidence of payment from a sanctioned bank and/or sanctioned financial institution we will freeze all funds related to that payment and will be unable to deliver the service for which the payment was intended. Please therefore ensure that you do not make payments from an account in a sanctioned bank and/or sanctioned financial institution.
4.2 Payment by credit or debit card
4.2.1 Payment can be made by credit or debit card as explained in the Registration Application process. In all cases the British Council treats payment as confirmation that you are the person authorised to use such credit card or debit card and that you are over the age of 18 years.
4.2.2 Payments by credit or debit card are processed immediately via a third party payment processor over a secure link. No card details are held by the British Council. Where you make a payment online, you will receive a receipt of payment for all credit or debit card payments by e-mail or a pop-up in your Portal account or other form of electronic notification (as applicable) and this, for the avoidance of doubt, will be the Booking Confirmation.
4.3 Payment by bank transfer
4.3.1 For some English Language Products, the British Council is able to accept payment by direct bank transfer. Where the British Council offers this option, it will be clearly indicated on the Portal or stated to you in person, or stated in the Special Terms and Conditions and/ or Additional Terms and Conditions where applicable).
4.3.2 The British Council treats payment as confirmation that you are the person authorised to make such bank transfer.
4.3.3 Where payment is made via bank transfer, it is processed within 72 hours if possible.
4.3.4 Where you are paying the applicable fee by bank transfer, please note you will be liable for any additional charges made by your bank for use of the bank transfer payment method. Confirmation of transfer of the funds to the British Council’s designated bank account will form the Booking Confirmation.
4.4 Payment by cheque
4.4.1 Where you are submitting your Registration Application in person, the British Council may accept payment of the applicable fee by cheque. Receipt of such payment (subject to clause 3.1) will form the Booking Confirmation. We do not accept payment in cash at the British Council front desk.
4.5 You shall have no right to attend or otherwise access the relevant English Language Product until the applicable fee has been paid, and until the applicable fee is paid in full the British Council may prevent you from attending or otherwise accessing all or any part of the relevant English Language Product, without liability to you.