Become a British Council CIE attached centre

Become a British Council-attached centre and join a global learning network of thousands of ambitious schools and institutions.

As an attached centre, you can offer world-renowned exams from Cambridge International Examinations (CIE). This can boost your profile and reputation, while making it convenient for students to sit exams in the same venue as they are taught. You can also benefit from co-branding your centre with the British Council and the exam board.

The British Council will:

  • help to organise registration
  • handle all exam administration
  • offer support and advice for students and teachers
  • ensure the security of all exam venues
  • be on hand to help teachers and principals where needed.

How to become an attached centre

Becoming an attached centre is straightforward. All you need to do is get in touch and complete the relevant forms. You can become an approved centre in four simple steps:

Step One

Interested schools should visit their local British Council office and advise they are interested in becoming a CIE attached centre by submitting an expression of interest on the school’s letter headed paper.

Step Two

Complete the ‘CAS BC Application form’ provided by the British Council. Email or return to us along with a scanned copy of the government approval to operate as a school.

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.

British Council will invoice you for inspection fee payment. Note that schools must not make any payment to the British Council bank account until invoice is received.

Step Three


A British Council representative will inspect your school facilities to ensure they meet the registration quality standards and discuss your teaching approach. The approved inspector will need to speak with the school principal and be allowed to ask questions of both teachers and students as needed..

Step Four

The inspector will submit a report to the British Council. We will communicate the details to the appropriate board. If all goes well your school will be approved to start offering IGCSEs, O Levels and A-levels.

Once approved, your school must agree to accept periodic and unannounced re-inspection from British Council representatives.

You can download further information and British Council account details via “Becoming a CIE Attached School

Fees and requirements

There is no fee to become a British Council-attached centre. However, new schools seeking CIE attachment have to pay a one off fee of Naira 62,500 for the first inspection visit. Payment is made to British Council via bank draft (please contact us for details).

All schools are expected to meet some basic requirements to become an attached centre. For example, your school must:

  • be a bona fide teaching institution
  • employ teachers with a first degree or equivalent and a minimum of three years’ teaching experience
  • have senior academic staff with a master’s degree or equivalent and five years’ experience
  • use a science laboratory with basic equipment if you wish to offer three science subjects
  • have access to a library with relevant books and computer access
  • contain spacious, light and well-ventilated classrooms
  • use reliable furniture and equipment
  • take health and safety seriously.