Public assurance in the private sector

BAC has been working in the sector for 40 years, setting standards, helping institutions to develop and providing a public assurance of quality.


BAC wishes to promote strong, high-quality independent higher and further education and training. It is our belief that the accreditation of institutions against standards based on the best current UK practice can contribute to that aim. BAC sees itself as being a leading practitioner in the provision of internationally recognised accreditation and related consultancy services in the field of higher and further education and training.


BAC aims to provide globally respected and rigorous inspection-based accreditation to enhance the standards and quality of independent further and higher education and training providers. BAC also aims to be recognised by the UK and overseas governments as an influential voice on standards and quality for the independent education sector.

In addition to providing clear guidance to prospective students, we want to encourage continuous improvement in the general standard and quality of independent further and higher education in the UK and internationally. While BAC is not a membership organisation, and must maintain an objective distance from institutions to preserve the value of its accreditation, we are nevertheless dedicated to helping colleges in their efforts for continual improvement.


We will act in a way that invokes trust and confidence of all internal and external stakeholders. We will offer informed advice, guidance and support to students and colleges, along with other individuals that have expressed an interest in the independent education sector.

We will seek to remain a well-respected and trusted organisation by ensuring high standards of performance throughout our inspection, accreditation and consultancy work.

We will be objective, honest and transparent in our provision of quality services to our customers and stakeholders.

We will take full responsibility for all of our employees, systems procedures and processes, taking prompt and appropriate action to resolve queries or problems that may affect our customer service and care.

We are open and transparent about the work we do and how we do it. In our communications with customers we will explain clearly and authoritatively our standards and requirements in an open and honest manner.

We will ensure that within our professional relationships we act honestly and fairly. We will respect the dignity, diversity and rights of individuals and groups of people we associate with.