NMC’s New IELTS Writing Score Requirement Creates Opportunity For Nurses Aiming To Work In UK

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK has recently announced changes to its English language proficiency requirements for overseas nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK.

Under the change, nurses and midwives wishing to work in the UK will still be required to achieve a minimum overall score of 7.0 in IELTS, however, a 6.5 score in the Writing section of the test will be accepted alongside a 7.0 score in each of the Reading, Listening and Speaking sections of the test.

The British Council in the Philippines, which administers IELTS across 17 locations nationwide, recognises the opportunity this change provides test takers wanting to work in the nursing profession in the UK.

The British Council has considerable experience providing test takers with the support and resources they need to achieve the band score they require, including a range of complimentary face-to-face services such as the IELTS Exceed Writing workshop. It also has an online test preparation course (Road to IELTS), practice test materials, and mobile apps, all of which are free for test takers.

Commenting on the NMC announcement, Country Director, British Council in the Philippines, Pilar Aramayo Prudencio, said:

“IELTS is one of the world’s most popular high-stakes English language tests, with over three million tests taken in the past year. We look forward to continuing to provide support and guidance to nurses and midwives looking to work in the UK, so that they may achieve the IELTS score requirements announced by the NMC.”

The NMC has stated that the change to the Writing score requirement will take effect from 5 December 2018.

IELTS is the most widely used test of English for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It’s recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia and the UK and many leading institutions in the USA.

The success of IELTS rests on the high quality of the test, which measures the four key languages skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. It is backed by dedicated research teams in the UK and Australia and administered by centres in more than 140 countries around the world.

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