Wednesday, 04 April 2018

The British Council has renewed an agreement that governs the administration and delivery of UK schools’ curriculum and exams.

This agreement updates and replaces several prior agreements between the UK exams bodies Pearson Edexcel, Cambridge International and the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Education.

It is the continuation of an agreement with the British Council first signed in 1990, signed in 2018 which marks the 80th anniversary of the British Council in Egypt.


The new agreement: 

  • Introduces a new framework to compare the grading of different examination systems (the UK’s new 9-1 grading, the UK’s letter A-G grading and Egyptian percentage grading).
  • Integrates new UK awarding body: Oxford AQA to join Pearson Edexcel and Cambridge International.
  • Consolidates a range of agreements between different bodies into one document.
  • Provides for more training places for Egyptian state school teachers.


The British Council in Egypt

The British Council is a facilitator of UK academic and professional qualifications in Egypt.

Each year around 65,000 Egyptian learners take over 150,000 exams for UK qualifications – both academic and professional – through the British Council.

The British Council oversees the exams for UK education for all schools in Egypt that fall under the Egyptian Ministry of Education.

British Council Acting Country Director in Egypt, Alex Lambert said: “We are proud of the mutual benefit that Egypt and the UK gain in signing education partnerships like these through the British Council.

“This agreement has been two years in the making and seals the relationship between the British Council, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Higher Education and UK Exams Boards.

“Egyptians can benefit from the academic weight that UK qualifications hold both in Egypt and overseas, and parents and pupils find them increasingly reassuring and attractive.”

Notes to Editor

For more information contact Hend Kamal, Communications Officer, British Council Egypt. T: + 20 (2) 3300 644 M: + 20 (0)109 794 9160

About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 65 million people directly and 731 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.