Nursing and midwifery council of UK guidance on registration english language requirement
In order to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), you must satisfy us that you know enough English1 to practise safely and effectively as a nursing or midwifery professional in the United Kingdom
You have recently achieved the required score in the academic version of International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Occupational English Test (OET). You must achieve the required scores in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
For IELTS you must achieve at least 7 in reading, listening and speaking, and at least 6.5 in writing.
For OET you must achieve at least a grade B (350 to 440) in reading, listening and speaking, and at least a grade C+ (300 to 340) in writing.
Whichever test you take, you must have achieved the required scores within the last two years at the point we are considering your complete application.
You can meet the required scores across two test sittings. The following requirements apply when combining test scores across two sittings:
You can only combine test scores across two sittings of the same test (two IELTS or two OET tests). You cannot combine IELTS and OET test scores.
IELTS: in both sittings your scores must be at least 6.5 for speaking, listening and reading, and at least 6 for writing.
OET: in both sittings your grades must be at least grade C+ (300 to 340) for speaking, listening and reading, and at least grade C (250 to 290) for writing.
You must take the two test sittings within twelve months of each other, and you must have been tested in all four sections both times.