English language requirements
Evidence we accept to prove your knowledge of English
Online language tests
After careful consideration we have decided that we are not able to accept the IELTS indicator test at this time. This is because the security measures for the indicator test are not comparable to those in place for the face-to-face test and do not meet the standards we require for registration.
We understand that OET are exploring an online language test called OET@Home. We are discussing with OET how this test might meet the requirements in our English language guidance, but while this discussion is ongoing we are not able to accept their online test at this time.
We hope to make a decision on OET@Home by the time it is launched in July.
For the latest information, visit our Covid-19: Information for overseas candidates page.
When you apply to register with us we need to be satisfied you have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate clearly and effectively.
This requirement is the same for all applicants to our register.
We highly recommend you make sure you can meet our language evidence requirements before you apply to us.
Types of evidence we accept
Communication is defined as speaking, reading, listening and writing and your evidence must demonstrate competence in these four mandatory skills.
- You have recently achieved the required score in one of the English language tests accepted by the NMC
- A pre-registration nurse, midwife or nursing associate qualification which was taught and examined in English.
- Recent practice of at least one year in a majority English speaking country.
If you cannot send the evidence we request, or we are not satisfied with what you send us, you will need to provide an alternative type of evidence such as a language test.
See our guidance on language requirements for more information.