Changes to language requirements for doctors and nurses

Changes to language requirements for doctors and nurses

    The IELTS exam has long been an important qualification for non-native speakers of English who want to study and work in the UK. The IELTS exam comes in two forms, General and Academic. Traditionally, students needed to get a minimum score of 5.5 in the Academic IELTS exam, increasing to 6.5 for post-graduate courses at UK universities.

Until recently, IELTS 6.5 was also the requirement for foreign staff to work as doctors and nurses in the NHS. However, UK government legislation has increased this barrier, firstly to 7.0, and now up to 7.5.

This now requires an Advanced (C1) level of English, equivalent to Cambridge Advanced (CAE) level.

These tough changes reflect a flood of negative media coverage regarding the ability of foreign medical and nursing staff to understand and empathise with patients and their relatives, often in extremely stressful situations!

At ABLE Manchester, we are running IELTS classes specifically for people who are working, or want to work, in NHS or private care homes and now require IELTS 7.5. We run classes in the mornings and evenings to fit in around changing staff rotas, so that our students can continue to attend classes even if their shift patterns change.

Our teachers have a wealth of experience in taking students through the IELTS exam, and we are very proud of the results that we help our students to attain. We are starting new courses from early September so sign up quickly to secure your place in the group! Courses at ABLE Manchester cost only £5 per hour.


Contact our IELTS specialist, Andrew Lewis, at or on 01616373062.


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