English Language Eligibility FAQs

How do I provide proof of English language eligibility?

Applicants who need to submit an eligibility application must have demonstrable skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in English that enable effective communication about medical topics with patients and colleagues, as set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice (2013).

There are three acceptable forms of evidence of English language proficiency for an eligibility application:

1: Dean’s Statement

Proof that your primary medical qualification was undertaken solely in English, with all examinations undertaken solely in English, and that at least 75% of contact with patients undertaken as part of the qualification, was undertaken in English.

Proof of this must be provided via the Dean’s statement, with the statement providing this information.

The General Medical Council (GMC) maintains a list of institutions from which they will not accept evidence of English language proficiency. Confirmation of English language proficiency on a medical school Dean’s statement will only be considered if the medical school is not on this list. 

Please ensure you check the list before using the Dean’s statement to provide proof of English language proficiency.

 OR

2: IELTS

A valid academic IELTS certificate with a minimum score of 7.5 in each domain (speaking, listening, reading and writing).  These scores must have been achieved in one sitting of the OET examination.

If you have scored below 7.5 in any domain, your IELTS will not be accepted as proof of English language proficiency (even if your overall score is 7.5 or greater).

IELTS certificates must be dated two years or less before the start date of the Foundation Programme 2021.  The Foundation Programme 2021 will start on 4th August 2021, so your IELTS certificate must be dated 4th August 2019 or later.

OR

3: OET

Evidence of completion of the OET with a minimum score of 400 in each domain (listening, reading, writing and speaking).  These scores must have been achieved in one sitting of the OET examination.We do not accept OET results which are graded with a letter only, e.g. ‘Grade B’.

If you have scored below 400 in any domain, your OET will not be accepted as proof of English language proficiency (even if your overall score is 400 or greater).

OET certificates must be dated two years or less before the start date of the Foundation Programme 2021.  The Foundation Programme 2021 will start on 4th August 2021, so your OET certificate must be dated 4th August 2019 or later.

 

When do I need to provide evidence of my English language proficiency?

You must provide evidence of your English language proficiency, at the time of application and by the application deadline. You will be asked to provide this information as part of the online eligibility application form.

What is the IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work in a country where English is used as the primary language of communication.

Please note that there are multiple types of IELTS. We only accept the academic IELTS.

For more information please visit the IELTS website.

What is the OET?

The Occupational English Test (OET) measures the English language proficiency of people who want to work as healthcare professionals, in a country where English is used as the primary language of communication.

For more information please visit the OET website.

I have achieved the required score in the academic IELTS / OET, and done so in one sitting, but it has taken more than one attempt. Is my certificate still acceptable?

You do not have to attain the required score on your first attempt.

You do need to attain the required score in each domain (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and to do so in one sitting, but the successful sitting does not have to be your first sitting.

This applies equally to the academic IELTS and the OET.