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Eligibility to immigrate to the UK and work in certain professions is often dependant on a range on testing, from your knowledge of the English language to practical, career relevant competence.

At every stage, IANS Group training providers will offer you a range of tailored study options, from online course materials to one to one and group coaching sessions.

If you’re aged 18 or over an immigrating to the UK, you must pass the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to study, work or join your British Citizen spouse/partner.

Nurses and medical professionals

Stage 1

Obtain 7.0 in all four parts of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Stage 2

Submit an application of registration to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who will confirm your eligibility

Stage 3

Sit and pass the NMC Test of Competence, otherwise known as Computer Based Test.

Stage 4

Submit your Tier 2 visa application as a supervised practice nurse, entering the UK on a working visa.

Stage 5

Sit and pass the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), which assess your practical competence in relation to UK nursing standards. You will be working for your sponsor when you sit this exam, and you will be allowed two attempts to pass before your visa is cancelled and you must leave the UK.

If you are a Tier 2 migrant and fail your OSCE twice, under Immigration law, you employer must cancel your sponsorship and you must leave the UK without delay. If you find yourself in this position, please contact us immediately to discuss what other options are available to you to remain legally in the UK.

Training FAQs

We receive many questions about using our Training Services.

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions.

What is IELTS Academic and what are the scores required to pass the exam?

The IELTS Academic is the test accepted by the NMC as evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in English. If you have completed an IELTS examination you must provide an IELTS certificate that confirms at least 7.0 in the listening and reading sections, at least 6.5 in the writing and speaking sections, and at least 7.0 overall. 

You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if you sit the tests within six months of each other, and you are tested in all four skills at the same time, and if you take an IELTS test, all scores in both sittings are above 6.5 and you achieve 7.0 or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together.

What is OET and what are the scores required to pass the exam?

Occupational English Test (OET) is another test accepted by the NMC as evidence of your ability to communicate effectively in English. If you have completed an OET examination you must provide a certificate that confirms at least a B grade in listening and reading, and at least a B grade in writing and speaking. 


You can achieve the required mark across two test sittings if you sit the tests within six months of each other, and you are tested in all four skills at the same time, and if you take the OET, all grades in both sittings are above Grade C+ and you achieve Grade B or higher in all four fields when the results of both sittings are viewed together.

The NMC only accept results from OET tests taken from February 2016 onwards.

What is CBT and what is the score required to pass the exam?

This is a test of your theoretical practice-based knowledge. The test format is a multiple choice test and can be taken in test centres around the world. You’ll have two attempts at this test and you’ll need to pass within six months of completing your eligibility. If you’ve not completed the CBT within six months of completing your eligibility it will expire and you’ll need to complete the online self- assessment again.
If you’re unsuccessful in both your CBT attempts, you’ll need to wait six months in order to restart the application process. The result is either a pass or fail.

What is OSCE?

The OSCE will assess your clinical knowledge and can only be completed in the UK. The test will be administered by one of our approved university test centres who will administer their own test fee in agreement with us. You’ll need to contact the university directly to book and pay for your test.

The OSCE simulates a clinical environment and patient scenarios which all registered nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. The OSCE contains nursing or midwifery scenarios along with separate skill stations. Each separate clinical examination is known a ‘station’ and you’ll circulate through all the stations within a set timeframe.

Each of the six stations has standardised marking criteria against which everyone is assessed. Everyone is assessed by a panel of examiners and will be filmed for quality assurance purposes.

Is it true that taking OET is easier than IELTS?

It appears that those nurses taking the OET are able to achieve the required scores set by the NMC because OET uses real health care scenarios in the examination and because of this you’ll have more confidence in taking the test which helps your ability to perform better.