English language requirements
Evidence we accept to prove your knowledge of English
Changes in light of coronavirus (Covid-19)
While the standard of English language competence we expect hasn’t changed, we want to support candidates whose applications have been delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
See our Covid-19: Information for overseas candidates page for more information on validity periods for English language evidence and online language tests.
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.