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Monthly Updates | December 2018

In this newsletter you will find information about the following topics:


1. Season's Greetings - Opening hours

2. ABRSM Music Exam 2019 Dates, Fees and Entry Deadlines

3. Cambridge Assessment English Preparation Centre Awards 2018 competition for Cyprus

4. Child Protection

5. Road to IELTS is now available on mobile

6. "Study UK: Discover You" new campaign

7. Learning Time with Timmy



8. English Test - Aptis

9. Change to IELTS requirements for nurses wishing to work in the UK

10. ABRSM resources

IELTS Test Dates 2019 released

12. Job opportunities

13. Voices Magazine

14. Cultural Events


1. Season's Greetings - Opening hours


The British Council would like to wish you all a very merry festive season and a Happy New Year.

Our offices will be closed  from 24 December 2018 to 01 January 2019 and therefore we will not be able to respond to any enquiries during this period.


The British Council Wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !


We will get back to you as soon as we can from 02 January 2019 onwards and would like to say a huge 'THANK-YOU' to each and every one of you for all of your support and collaboration throughout 2018.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2019!


2. ABRSM Music Exam 2019 Dates, Fees and Entry Deadlines

Theory and Practical Exam Dates 2019

  • Dates of Entry for 02 March 2019 Exam: 3 - 20 December 2018
  • Dates of Entry for 22 June 2019 Exam: 26 February - 14 March 2019
  • Dates of Entry for 02 November 2019 Exam: 26 August - 12 September 2019
Download registration forms

Theory and Practical Application 2019

  • Any forms received after the specified deadline will be charged with €30 late entry fee.
  • All registrations with the deposit slip should be received by the British Council within 5 days of payment.
  • We DO NOT accept entries by fax

3. Cambridge Assessment English Preparation Centre Awards 2018 competition for Cyprus

Your chance to win a "Cyprus Preparation Centre Award 2018"!

Please note that the award competition is not organised by the British Council.


For the first time, Cyprus is included in Europe's 'Preparation Centre Awards Competition', open to all schools that prepare & register students for Cambridge English Qualifications.

The rule is that one teacher per school can nominate their institution and thus try to win:

2 days in Cambridge including flights, transfers, accommodation and meals

Behind the scenes experience for Cambridge English exams

Attendance at the awards ceremony and Gala Dinner at one of the University's colleges, with fellow European winners and the Cambridge English management team

A plaque to exhibit at school premises and a media kit to showcase your success to the regional press.

Apart from celebrating your work, this event will also be a great opportunity for winners to exchange opinions and build relationships with teachers from Cyprus and other European countries, who will have also won an award in their category.


Competition categories

You can compete in one or more of the following categories:

• Best Cambridge English Preparation Centre: Step by step approach

• Best Cambridge English Preparation Centre: New comer

• Best Cambridge English Preparation Centre: User of Cambridge English books


Important note:

The trip will take place on a Friday and Saturday, in spring 2019, excluding school holidays.

You can now nominate your school by filling in the form below and explain to us in 300 words maximum (in Greek or in English), the reasons why your institute deserves to win the prize of its category.

Deadline for submission of applications: Saturday 15 December 2018, midnight.

Apply Online

4. Child Protection

Every Child Matters, Everywhere in the World

The British Council recognises that we have a fundamental duty of care towards all children we engage with, including a duty to protect them from abuse.

Child protection policy

Understanding Child Protection free online course

Following the lecture on the British Council's Child Protection policy at our British Council Cyprus conference on 9 November, you can take the free online course from our Teaching English website.

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the topic of child protection in schools. You'll gain an overall understanding of the topic, consider some issues which can arise for the teacher and the learners, and gain some practical tips for best practice in the classroom.

Enrol for this activity

5. Road to IELTS is now available on mobile

A brand new version of Road to IELTS is being rolled out in November. What will you get in this new version?

1. Road to IELTS now runs on all devices: mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop. This means IELTS prep time fits in with the needs of test takers: sitting a full practice test at home, or working on Listening exercises on the bus. And all activity syncs between devices.

2. There’s a complete redesign with a user experience focus. It’s clear, smooth, and directed at the needs and expectations of the IELTS generation.



3. Lots of new content: new activities in the Reading, Writing and Listening sections; new questions throughout; high resolution redrawn graphs for Writing Part 1; comprehensive error-checking and proofreading. It’s more relevant, looks better and more closely matches the needs of IELTS test takers.

Find out more

6. "Study UK: Discover You" new campaign


The Study UK campaign has once again partnered with FutureLearn social learning platform to bring the UK higher education experience to learners worldwide.

From 1 October 2018, learners are able to access over 320 massive open online courses (MOOCs) from 49 UK universities.

The campaign - Study UK: Learn online with a UK university - covers a wide range of courses from: The Future of Farming to Discovering Dentistry; Smart Cities to Antiquities trafficking and Art crime. Whatever your field of study, it’s likely that the Study UK course list will feature an option that meets your area of interest.  This is an excellent opportunity to really understand the breadth and variety of what is on offer in the UK.


MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses):

Anyone can join and take part, and you can complete as many courses as you want. 

Find out more

7. Learning Time with Timmy

Learning Time with Timmy is a fun and effective way for your child to learn English.

It is designed for children aged 2-6 learning English as an additional language, as well as very young native English speakers.

Introducing English to your child between the ages of two and six allows them:

  • to learn English when it comes to them most naturally
  • to learn English at the best age to master good pronunciation
  • to improve their language skills and self-confidence.


Watch the Learning Time with Timmy video series

Learning Time with Timmy features 26 five-minute episodes and songs that make learning really fun! Subscribe to the channel to watch high-quality content developed with British Council, world experts in teaching English.

Download the apps

Did you know that Timmy has three brilliant learning apps to help your little lambs learn new words, numbers, colours and shapes? Watch the show AND have fun on the tablet or phone, too! 

Find out more

8. English Test - Aptis

What is Aptis?

Aptis is a modern and flexible English language proficiency test, designed to meet the diverse needs of organisations and individuals around the world.

It provides reliable, accurate results about the English skills in your organisation. As a result, you can make better decisions about recruitment, workforce development and training needs.



Aptis is flexible and accessible, so you can assess people quickly and affordably.

It also allows you to accurately test the skills relevant to your requirements and get results fast.

Learn more

9. Change to IELTS requirements for nurses wishing to work in the UK

Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

On 28th November, the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) announced changes to its English language proficiency requirements for overseas nurses and midwives.



Under the change, nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK will still be required to achieve a minimum overall score of 7.0 in IELTS. However, a 6.5 score in the Writing section of the test will be accepted alongside a 7.0 score in each of the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections of the test.

The change will take effect from 5th December 2018. The NMC has pointed out that it will consider IELTS test results that are under two years old from that date that meet the new requirements.

Learn more

10. ABRSM resources

Downloadable resources

From lesson ideas and activities to exam resources for your instrument, we give you all the tools you need to build a successful and rewarding career as a music teacher.

Find out more

Exam tips, practice apps and teaching resources

Discover our wide selection of apps to help students with their practice, including the award-winning Aural Trainer and a tool that allows you to become the ABRSM examiner!

Learn more

11. IELTS Test Dates 2019 released

You can now check the available upcoming written test dates in Cyprus.


We would like to inform you that the IELTS test dates for 2019 have been released.

Taking IELTS opens doors – it can help you live, study and work around the world. 10,000 organisations in over 140 countries accept IELTS, including government, academic and employment institutions.

Learn more


There are limited number of places for all our IELTS test sessions. To make sure you get a place, we recommend that you register two months before your chosen test date. Of course, places may be available after this date. You can use our Online Registration System to find up-to-date information about test dates and availability.


12. Job opportunities

Join the British Council’s EU Europe Marketing team

We're looking to recruit three marketing professionals to join the British Council’s EU Europe Marketing team.


Current Vacancies:

(1) Regional Head of Insight: 
Deadline for applications: 2 December 2018

(2) Regional Head of Marketing, Arts and Education & Society: 
Deadline for applications: 3 December 2018

(3) Regional Head of Marketing English & Exams: 
Deadline for applications: 9 December 2018


13. Voices Magazine

My student placement in a second-tier Chinese city led to a business opportunity

The leadership skills Frederick Cloke, a member of our Generation UK: China Network, gained as an international university student in Wuhan, China helped him start a business after graduation.

[Photo © Bruno used under licence and adapted from the original]

Read the blog post

Beginner Mandarin phrases for daily life in China

'Voices' team asked participants from this year's Generation UK internship programme to tell us the most useful Mandarin words and phrases they learned when they moved to China.

[Photo © Pooja Chaudhary used under licence and adapted from the original.]

Read the blog post

14. Cultural Events

La Bayadère - Royal Ballet

Wednesday 05 December 2018 at 20.00

Duration: 170'

Information / Reservation: Pantheon Theatre

Tickets: €10

Get your ticket

The Nutcracker - Royal Ballet

Sunday 09 December 2018 at 18.00

Information / Reservation: Rialto Theatre

Saturday 29 December 2018 at 17.00 and 20.00

Information / Reservation: Pantheon Theatre


The Madness of George III - NT Live

Tuesday 11 December 2018 at 20.00

Duration: 150’

With Greek and English subtitles

Information / Reservation: Rialto Theatre 77777745

Tickets: € 10 / 8

Get your ticket

Richard Wagners – Die Walküre | Royal Opera House

Saturday 22 December 2018 at 16.00

Information / Reservation: Pantheon Theatre

Tickets: €10

Get your ticket

Contact us:

+357 22585000

British Council Website

Nicosia Office

British Council (Cyprus)
1-3 Aristotelous street
1011, Nicosia
PO Box 21175, CY-1503
Nicosia, Cyprus

T: +357 22585000

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Nicosia North Office

7, Şht. Üsteğmen Ünal Genç Sokak
Marmara Bölgesi
(Behind Istanbul perde)

T: +90 392 2274938

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