English language requirements
Evidence we accept to prove your knowledge of English
Changes to our English language requirements
From Tuesday 28 January 2020, we’ll accept an OET certificate that confirms you scored a minimum of C+ in writing alongside a minimum of B in reading, listening and speaking.
Our Council agreed this change at their meeting on Wednesday 27 November 2019.
We’ll be updating our guidance to reflect the change when it comes into effect on Tuesday 28 January 2020. Our current requirements, as set out in the guidance below, are in effect until then.
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 will accept
Communication is defined as speaking, reading, listening and writing and your evidence must demonstrate competence in these four mandatory skills.
There are a number of pieces of evidence that we will accept:
- You have recently achieved the required score in one of the English language tests accepted by the NMC. You must achieve the required score in each of the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- 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.