Nurses relocating to the UK are required to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam to prove that they are proficient in speaking and understanding the English language.
We have a number of resources available to help you to meet the English language requirements and pass your IELTS exam.
You will have to pass the test with a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four academic areas - reading, writing, listening and speaking. If you do not achieve this score, you will not be accepted on the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and will be unable to practice as a registered nurse in the UK.
Scores can be taken from two separate tests, as long as they are within six months of each other, and you score a minimum 6.5 in all papers. For more information, please click here or visit the NMC website.
If you have previously completed an IELTS exam and it was within the last two years, you will not be required to take another test and your certificate will be sent off straight away for registration with the NMC.
Nurses from the EU/EEA
Working with Specialist Language Courses, we have devised a programme to help you prepare for your IELTS test. The programme includes tutor-led courses, self study hours, exam practice and webinars on how to pass your IELTS test.
During this period of tutoring you will only be able to work as a healthcare assistant. When you pass the IELTS exam, you will receive a certificate which will be submitted as part of your NMC registration.
Nurses from the Philippines
We are also working with Philippine Anglo Language Solutions Ltd (PALS) to offer structured English language courses to nurses in the Philippines. PALS have two study centres located in Cebu and Manila.
The study programme includes classroom sessions, webinars, an intensive training course (for two weeks, four weeks or three months), and a one-to-one session before your test date.
Please read the following articles for some expert advice and top tips on passing the IELTS papers.
Your dedicated Medacs Healthcare consultant will help you through the process and explain where you can take your test. Globally, IELTS is available in 140 countries at over 1,100 test centres. A full list of test centres can be found here.
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