International nurse studing for English language exam

To be a nurse in the UK, you essentially need two key things: relevant qualifications and experience, and good English language skills. If you were trained in a country that is not classed as a native English-speaking country, you’ll need to pass the IELTS or the Occupational English Test (OET) with satisfactory scores in listening, reading, speaking and writing.

We want to share a few helpful English language tools with our international candidates, whose English is not their first language. Check them out below:


This is a Google Chrome plugin which is designed to help you to improve your written English by helping to correct your spelling and grammar.

Get Grammarly here 

FREE IELTS Practice Tests

You can prepare for IELTS with these free practice tests and answers. Use these tests to carry out timed practice sessions and develop your test technique.

Find the Free IELTS practice tests here 

FREE OET Practice Tests

The OET Website includes lots of English language writing, listening, speaking and reading samples to help you prepare for your OET (Occupational English Test).

Find the free OET practice tests here

Nursing Dictionary App

This is Nursing Dictionary is a medical dictionary app specifically for nurses. Get free, instant access to more than 56,000 medical terms, 4,000 entries on medications, and 9,000 images.

Download from the Apple Store here or from the Google Play Store here.

Need more information on English language tests required to work in the UK? Check out our guide here!

Passed your IELTS or OET and ready to look for work in the UK?

We are proud to work with clients across the UK to place candidates into permanent roles in A&E, medicine, theatre, obstetrics and gynaecology, anaesthetics, paediatrics, neonates, and more – this includes positions in the NHS, private hospitals, prison settings and more.

We’re proud to have helped thousands of candidates start their career in the UK!

Ready to start your journey with us? Your new life starts here! Check out our latest permanent job opportunities for international candidates here, or submit your CV to us via our web form.

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