English Language Proficiency

OVERVIEW

Obviously, speaking the language is a must. But there are specific requirements from each organisation and you need to be aware of them. You may be surprised to find out that a lot of the diplomas that are usually highly valued in other countries will not be acknowledged in the NHS. In this section we outline the requirements from the General Medical Council (GMC) and the UK Foundation Programme (UKFPO) and a few tips and tricks to consider.

GMC requirements

Below you can find a summarised version of the GMC requirements, which are fully outlined on their website. For a detailed description of the GMC language requirements visit the official website.

There are several ways you can prove your English Proficiency. One of the following will suffice:

UKFPO requirements

This is a summarised version of the UKFPO requirements, which are fully outlined on their website. For a detailed description of the UKFPO language requirements visit the official website.

There are 4 acceptable forms of evidence for English Language Proficiency. One of the following will suffice:

Our Recommendation

You need to be aware that language proficiency requirements may not always be the same for the GMC and the UKFPO or vice versa. Sometimes a GMC-acceptable proof is not recognised by the UKFPO. So, make sure that whichever evidence you use applies to both. Requirements and accepted evidence also changes frequently so make sure to visit the official websites of the GMC and UKFPO to verify current requirements. Currently, the Academic IELTS exam remains a widely accepted certificate of language proficiency (with a minimum score of 7.5 in each domain, so that it counts for the UKFPO as well). For further information on the IELTS visit: Two Types of IELTS TEST

This website is not an official UKFPO, GMC or NHS website. It was made by doctors who studied in the EEU and wanted to share their experiences, offer some advice and provide guidance as to where to look and what kind of information you will need to find out on your own. Read more here.

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