The British Council is looking to Identify local partner(s) to deliver Cambridge English exams in specified areas, engaging with local schools and educational institutions, for the delivery. Examination delivery will be all year round, however with peak periods in the periods March, May-July, and November-December. Exams are delivered as open sessions in main cities around the province or can be delivered as a closed session at school venues, sometimes restricted to speaking component only. The majority of the test takers will register through an institute, whereas approximately 10% come in through individual registrations. Most exams are still delivered paper-based but there is an increasing demand for computer-based delivery. Four (4) separate locations (provinces) are included in the tender. Bids will be accepted for any single, multiple, or all of the locations. A separate submission is required for each location.

  • Gelderland - Arnhem or Nijmegen
  • North-Holland - Flevoland - Amsterdam
  • South-Holland - The Hague or Leiden and Rotterdam 
  • Zeeland - Vlissingen or Goes or Middelburg 

It is expected that the local partner manages the end-to-end relationship with candidates, feeder institutions, examiners, venues, test day personnel, manage the registration systems and processes, deliver the tests in compliance with Cambridge and British Council standards.

The partner will be paid a commission equalling 30% of the candidate test fee, per candidate. 


  • Administrative educational services - 75121000
  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract United Kingdom

Published date 19 April 2021

Closing date 31 May 2021

Closing time 11am

Contract start date 1 September 2021

Contract end date 31 August 2025

Contract type Service contract

Procedure type Open procedure (OJEU) 

Contract is suitable for SMEs? Yes

Contract is suitable for VCSEs? No

Bidders will be required to register on British Council`s e-Tendering portal In-Tend hosted at in order to take part in the tender process.
Once registered, bidders must log-in to the website where they can view the project and access the bidders pack and submit their return.
Bidders will also be required to demonstrate their capability and `means of proof` will be required. These conditions are outlined in the ITT..