Language requirements for UK Nurse

Information for Language requirements for UK Nurse

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 skills.

There are a number of pieces of evidence that NMC 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 recent pre-registration nursing or midwifery qualification that was taught and examined in English.
Registration and practice of at least one year in a country where English is the first and native language, and an English language assessment was required for registration.

Your evidence of English language will be assessed against the following criteria. It should be:

recent, objective and independent
capable of being verified that your evidence is authentic.
able to clearly demonstrate that you can read, write, communicate and interact with patients, service users, relatives and healthcare professionals in English


If you cannot send the evidence NMC request or NMC is not satisfied with what you send then NMC won’t be able to consider your application. they highly recommend you make sure you can meet NMC language evidence requirements before you apply. If you feel this is unlikely you may wish to complete a language test before applying.