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HOW TO BECOME A NURSE IN THE UK?

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Nursing Midwifery Council registration REQUIREMENTs 

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Education requirements

10 years of school education before starting your post-secondary education nursing or midwifery training program, which leads to registration. The ideal course would be a three-year full-time B.sc nursing degree or a Diploma programme that is at least three years in length.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

EVIDENCE 1

As part of registration in the NMC, applicants must clear a language proficiency test. The accepted tests are IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and OET (Occupational English Test). The required scores for each of the exams is given below. Candidates must clear their exam with the required score to be eligible for registration.

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The required scores for IELTS is

 

 

 

 

 

 

The required scores for OET is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Combination of IELTS and OET scores

For those looking to complete their NMC registration, it is important to know the required scores for each component of the Language Proficiency Test you are attempting.


It is to be noted that you can combine scores of two attempts of either IELTS or OET.

Allowing you to meet the required scores across two test sittings. The following requirements apply when combining test scores across two sittings (w.e.f. Feb 2023):

  • 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.

  • For IELTS: in both sittings your scores must be at least 6.5 for speaking, listening and reading, and at least 6 for writing.

  • For OET: in both sittings your grades must be at least grade C+ for speaking, listening and reading, and at least grade C 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.  

Examples:

IELTS

 

 

In this example the two test scores can be combined as the applicant has scored at least 7 in Reading, Listening and Speaking, and a 6.5 in Writing when both attempts are combined.

 

 

 

 

In this example the two test scores cannot be combined as the applicant has scored lower than the minimum requirement (6) in the Writing component during his second attempt.

 

 

In this example also the candidate cannot combine the scores as the applicant has not met the required score (6.5) in the Writing component in either attempts.

 

OET

In this example the two test scores can be combined as the applicant has scored at least B in Reading, Listening and Speaking and a C+ in Writing in both attempts.

 

 

 

 

In this example the two test scores cannot be combined as the applicant scored lower than the minimum requirement (C) in the Writing component during his second attempt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this example the two test scores cannot be combined as the applicant has scored below the required score (C+) in the Writing component during his second attempt.

 

For the ease of applicants looking to combine their scores the NMC has released a tool that allows you to check the eligibility of your scores. This tool can be viewed at the following link: Score Calculator

https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/english-language-requirements/accepted-english-language-tests/test-combining-calc/

EVIDENCE 2

  • A Pre-registration Nursing or Midwifery qualification which was taught and examined in English with a transcript of training.

  • A letter of recommendation from your school (or the training institution can complete sections 8a and 8b on the form to accompany their transcript of training). The programme must have had at least 50% clinical interaction, conducted in English with at least 75% of patients, service users, families, and other healthcare professionals.

**NMC is currently reviewing this route**

EVIDENCE 3

  • 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 NMC registration. Experience in bedside preferred.

LIST of accepted English Speaking Countries

Antigua and Barbuda

Canada

Guernsey

British Indian Ocean Territory

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Anguilla

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Cayman Islands

Guyana

St Lucia

Australia

Dominica

Ireland

Saint Helena, Ascension and Triston da Cunha

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The Bahamas

Falkland Islands

Isle of Man

St Kitts and Nevis

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Barbados

Gibralter

Jamaica

St Vincent and the Grenadines

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Belize

Grenada

Jersey

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Trinidad and Tobago

Bermuda

Malta

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New Zealand

USA

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US Virgin Islands

EXPERIENCE

  • A recent pre-registration nursing or midwifery programme that has been taught and examined in English.

OR 

  • Registration and one year’s practice with a nursing or midwifery regulator in a country where English is the first and native language. 

NMC REGISTRATION

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In the procedure, the Registration with the NMC UK is the most critical phase, and completing it on time requires significant skill. Our registration experts and technical staff are well-equipped to assist you in completing your registration quickly and efficiently.

CBT (Computer based Testing)

Pearson Vue is an authorized third-party provider of NMC CBT tests, and we assist candidates with training and test booking. Computer-based tests (CBT) require test takers to submit answers to questions displayed on a monitor using a keyboard or mouse to finish the test. The candidates' computers are all linked to a central server, which creates the test questions and distributes them to them via computer network connections.

 

The NMC UK assigns CBT as the first level of competency testing. Candidates preparing for the computer-based test have access to the most up-to-date resources available to them. Once a candidate joins Envertiz, he or she will have immediate access to our CBT candidates group, which has over 600 members. Individuals who participate in these talks get a tremendous deal of knowledge and greater comprehension by participating in real-time scenarios that are debated with other people.

OSCE TRAINING

The term OSCE refers to an objective structured clinical examination. This simulates scenarios that nurses are likely to encounter when assessing, planning, delivering, and evaluating patient care. Each individual clinical examination is referred to as a ‘station,' and candidates are required to visit all of the stations within a specified amount of time.

 

Passing the OSCE, which is the NMC UK's final competency test for nurses, will result in registration in the UK. Even though it is a difficult exam to pass, applicants who work with Envertiz may relax knowing that we will help them get ready for the OSCE. Before they go for the UK, the candidates receive OSCE preparation materials from us. We provide OSCE trainings in both online and practical sessions. 

It's a truth and a source of pride that the employers with whom we do business value and care for their workers. Their facilities include scheduled training sessions and workshops with professional instructors and cutting-edge training resources to ensure that everyone passes the OSCE on their first try.

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