School and A level exams

British Council offers Edexcel, Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) and some OCR qualifications. These are some of the main UK exam boards that offer International GCEs, IGCSEs and A-Levels to overseas candidates. Recognised worldwide, these qualifications are the first steps to international education.


Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)

CIE A Level, AS Level, IGCSE and Checkpoint exams are a passport to international education. Cambridge International Examinations is the world’s largest provider of international education programmes and qualifications for 5–19 year olds.

British Council administers more than 6000 CIE examinations in Cyprus every year. We offer CIE examination services to both independent candidates and to schools and private colleges that are registered with us as British Council CIE Associate schools.

Cambridge IGCSE English as a second language

More information on the syllabus and the past papers for Cambridge IGCSE English as a second language subject 0510 can be found here. Cambridge IGCSE English as a second language subject 0511(speaking counted in) can be found here.

  • Register for CIE IGCSE English as a second language here
  • If you wish to find out your CIE results please click here.

Learn more about CIE qualifications

Cambridge International Examinations are recognised internationally. For a comprehensive list please visit the CIE recognition webpage at

Cambridge A Levels and Advanced Subsidiary levels are internationally benchmarked qualifications providing excellent preparation for university education. They are taken in over 125 countries and offer a choice of 60 different subjects. Good A-level results can give you access to undergraduate studies at some of the best higher education learning institutions in the world. A-level qualifications can also give you access to professional and vocational courses. Read more about Cambridge A Levels and Cambridge AS Levels.

Cambridge IGCSE is the world’s most popular international curriculum for 14-16 year olds. It is part of the Cambridge Secondary 2 stage. Schools worldwide have helped develop Cambridge IGCSE, which provides excellent preparation for the Cambridge Advanced stage including Cambridge International AS and A Levels. Read more about the Cambridge IGCSE.

Cambridge Checkpoint tests are for use at the end of Cambridge Secondary 1, typically for 11-14 year-olds. They provide schools with an external international benchmark for student performance. Cambridge Checkpoint enables feedback to be provided on a learner’s strengths and weaknesses in key curriculum areas. Read more about Cambridge Checkpoint.

Please visit the CIE website, where there is dedicated information about all the qualifications on offer and useful information specifically for students, parents and teachers.

Cambridge Assessment examinations

If you need to take BMAT, ELAT and STEP please fill in the application form. For more information on these exams please log on to Cambridge Assessments website.


Pearson Edexcel International Examinations

Do you want to take an International GCSE or A-levels? Edexcel International can offer you a comprehensive range of qualifications. They can help you get the qualifications you need to study at a UK university or institution. To find out in detail the qualifications offered by Edexcel please log on to

To find out more about Pearson Edexcel examinations please go to

Edexcel qualifications are changing therefore we urge candidates to keep up to date by checking Pearson Edexcel’s website directly.

Pearson Edexcel International GCSE English as a second language

More information on the syllabus and the past papers for Edexcel English subjects can be found here.

Pearson Edexcel Advanced Extension Awards (AEA)

Edexcel Awards Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) are no longer available except for Mathematics, which has now been extended until 2015.  please fill in the normal Edexcel GCE application form to enter for the Maths Advanced Extension Award.


British Council Refund policy

Whether you are a parent, teacher or candidate, we would like you to check your entry form and your fees due very carefully before paying at the bank and submitting your entry form.

Any changes to entries or cancellations requested by candidates should be made in writing or by completing a Refund Application Form and these should be done before the closing date of the examination. All refunds processed are subject to a 25% deduction in administration charges.  Different rates apply to schools registered as centres and affiliated centres.

After the closing date for examinations, it is not possible for us to process any refunds or make any changes to entries already submitted to boards.

Candidates who are unable to attend the examination due to medical reasons, must submit a medical report in English which will be submitted to the examination board for the approval of the refund.

Please fill in Refund Application Form if you would like to apply for a refund.


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