English Requirements For Nurses In The UK

The English requirements for nurses wishing to practice in the UK have recently undergone some huge changes.

To understand the changes, we’ve outlined the requirements depending on where in the world you are and how you can ensure you can meet the NMC English requirements.

There are a number of ways to meet the English requirements for the NMC. The NMC guidance is explained here.

“English language requirements

Evidence we accept to prove your knowledge of English

When you apply to register with us we need to be satisfied you have the necessary knowledge of English to communicate effectively. 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:

Nurses from the following countries do NOT need to complete the IELTS or OET exams.

“Registered and practised in English

If you who wish to rely on evidence that you have registered and practised in English you must be able to satisfy us that:?

  • you have completed an English language assessment or examination as part of your registration outside of the UK.
  • you have one year post registered practice in an English speaking setting
  • your registration is in a country?where English is the first and native language.?

You will need to provide us with the following:?

  • a letter of good standing from your licensing authority and
  • details of the English language assessment that you undertook as part of your registration, and
  • a supporting reference from your employer.?

Please note if you were not required to sit a language test by the regulator because you were taught and examined in a country where English is the first and native language, you will still meet this requirement.”

Nationals of the countries listed below are considered to be from a majority English speaking country:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • The United States of America

In addition to the above, the NMC consider the following countries to be majority English speaking:

  • British Antarctic Territory (BAT)
  • British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT)
  • Falkland Islands
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Jersey
  • Guernsey
  • Gibraltar
  • Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia on Cyprus
  • United Kingdom
  • US Virgin Islands


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