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English language proficiency

We ask all applicants applying through the international route to confirm their proficiency with the English language. The ability to communicate effectively in English is crucial to working as a health professional in the UK.

We accept the following certificates of English language proficiency, providing they are no more than two years old when your application is received. We cannot accept any TOEFL test score undertaken in the UK.

Test
Minimum score

International English Language
Testing System (IELTS)

7.0 with no element below 6.5

Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) Internet Based Test
(IBT)

Minimum score of 100/120
Test
Minimum score

International English Language
Testing System (IELTS)

8.0 with no element below 7.5

Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) Internet Based Test
(IBT)

Minimum score of 118/120

Exemptions to certification

Every international applicant must provide a certificate, unless you are:

  • a national of a relevant European state other than the UK*;
  • a national of the UK who is seeking access to, or pursuing, a profession by virtue of an enforceable community right;
  • a person who is not a national of a relevant European state but who is, by virtue of an enforceable community right, entitled to be treated no less favourably than a national of a relevant European state; or
  • a native English speaker, for whom English is their first language.

* Except speech and language therapists. These individuals must provide us with an appropriate English language proficiency text certificate unless English is their first language.

 

English as a first language

You can declare that English is your first language, meaning you don't have to provide certification. This must only be done if it is the main or only language that you use on a day-to-day basis. Having studied English or undertaken higher education that was taught in English is not sufficient to claim that English is your first language, We may ask for further evidence if you claim that English is your first language and you are not from a majority English-speaking country.

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are required to provide a language test certificate as evidence of their proficiency must ensure that it is, or is comparable to, IELTS level 7.0 with no element below 6.5 (or IELTS level 8.0 with no element below 7.5 for Speech and language therapists). If you propose to rely upon a non-IELTS test score, you are strongly advised to ensure the test is comparable and meets our standards of proficiency. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application.

If you are submitting any other test that is not IELTS, you must prove the equivalence of that test. The standard required for speech and language therapists is level 8 (no element below 7.5).

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) The IELTS can provide descriptions of the scoring system it uses, and some of this information is available on its website. The test can be taken in 180 centres in 110 countries. For further information, contact the British Council offices in your own country, or write to the British Council Information Centre, Bridgewater House, 58 Whitworth Street, Manchester, M1 6BB, United Kingdom.

Need help?

If you still have a question about international applications, please contact our Registration team:

Email

Phone (Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm)

0300 500 4472 - UK calls

+44 (0)20 7582 5460 - International calls

Page updated on: 10/07/2018
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