Published date: 19 April 2021

Last edited date: 20 April 2021

Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract.

Closing: 31 May 2021, 11am

Contract summary


  • Administrative educational services - 75121000

  • Education and training services - 80000000

Location of contract

United Kingdom

Value of contract

£527,000 to £635,000

Procurement reference


Published date

19 April 2021

Closing date

31 May 2021

Closing time


Contract start date

1 September 2021

Contract end date

31 August 2025

Contract type

Service contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

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1.1. Identifying local partner(s) to deliver Cambridge English exams in specified areas, engaging with local schools and educational institutions as well as private individuals, 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.

The Location / Province, Cities to deliver Open Sessions as a minimum and Expected Volume per annum are:
Gelderland - Arnhem or Nijmegen - 2,500 - 3,000 exams
North-Holland / Flevoland - Amsterdam - 2,500 - 3,000 exams
South-Holland - 'The Hague or Leiden' and 'Rotterdam' - 2,500 - 3,000 exams
Zeeland - Vlissingen or Goes or Middelburg - 800 - 1,000 exams

1.2. Manage 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.

1.3. Fee: the partner will be paid a commission equalling 30% (VAT inclusive) of the candidate test fee, per candidate

More information

Additional text

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.

How to apply

Follow the instructions given in the description or the more information section.

About the buyer

Contact name

Caroline Doidge


Bridgewater HOuse
M1 6BB


Closing: 31 May 2021, 11am