Becoming an attached centre is straightforward. You can become an approved centre in four simple steps:
Write to the Ministry of Education/Director of Foreign Programmes. The Ministry will then recommend your school for inspection and inform the British Council.
Contact the British Council to let us know you’re interested in becoming an attached centre.
Find out about our relationship with the Ministry of Education.
Find out if your school meets the requirements for becoming an attached centre outlined under 'Fees and requirements' below.
Allow a British Council representative to come to inspect your school and discuss your teaching approach.
The approved inspector will need to speak with the school principal and be allowed to ask questions for both teachers and students as needed.
You may need to provide:
- a school prospectus or other promotional literature
- a list of all teaching staff, including names, qualifications, nationality, years at the school and subject expertise
- samples of both teachers’ preparation books and student papers
- a list of subjects and syllabuses offered at the school
- attendance records and lesson timetables.
The British Council inspector will submit a report to the appropriate exam board (CIE/Pearson Edexcel) with all inspection details.
Make arrangements for an exam board representative to visit your school. Complete and return the ‘centre approval form’ for the CIE or Pearson Edexcel attached-centre application documents to the British Council.
If all goes well your school will be approved within one month to start offering A-levels, International GCSEs or IGCSEs, Cambridge Secondary Checkpoint and Cambridge Primary Checkpoint.
Once your school has been approved, send a copy of the inspection report and the approval letter to the Ministry of Education. You must agree to unannounced re-inspection by British Council representatives as required.