Additional changes to English language requirements

The Nursing and Midwifery Council has implemented further changes to language testing following a consultation.

31 May 2023

Following consultation with employers, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has made a number of changes to English language test requirements for overseas staff. 

From 26 May 2023 NMC will:

  • accept supporting information from employers for people who miss the required test score in one language domain only by no more than 0.5 in IELTS or half a grade in OET
  • have fully automated the process of accepting supporting information from employers - this is for both applicants who trained in English in a country where English is not a majority spoken language (who previously had to use the manual process) and applicants who just miss the required test score as outlined above
  • manage this process through NMC Online to provide assurance of the authenticity of the information.

Applicants will be able to find out how to submit supporting information from employers by logging into NMC Online. Those applicants who have already sent supporting information from employers using the previous manual process do not need to do anything different – these applications will continue.

The NMC has published a news article to provide more information on these changes.

More information about the English language requirements are available on the NMC website.