Using your primary medical qualification
We can sometimes accept your primary medical qualification as evidence of your knowledge of English.
Is your primary medical qualification from an acceptable institution?
If your primary medical qualification was awarded by a university on the list below, you can't use it as evidence. You will need to submit other evidence as detailed in this guide.
If your awarding body does not appear on the list, we may accept your degree as evidence of your knowledge of English if it meets the criteria below.
When can you use your primary medical qualification as acceptable evidence?
We may accept your primary medical qualification if it:
- is less than two years old when you apply for registration, and
- was taught and examined solely in English.
You'll need to submit an original letter or certificate from your university or medical college that confirms:
- all of the course, including clinical activities, was taught and examined solely in English
- at least 75% of any course related clinical interaction, including personal contact with patients, their families and other healthcare professionals, was conducted in English i.e. without any translation support
- the date you passed your final exam
Please note that we may verify the information provided with the medical regulator in the state or country you graduated in.
You'll also need to confirm you've never taken the academic IELTS test or the OET (medicine version).
If you sat your final exam more than two years ago you’ll also need to send original references from all your employers for the last two years confirming your English language capability.
- English language reference form for international medical graduates
- English language reference form for European nationals
We'll only accept original references from countries where the first and native language is English. Please send these to the Registration Support Team (AEL) at our Manchester office.
If you can't meet these criteria, you can't use your primary medical qualification as evidence of your knowledge of English. Keep reading this guide to see if you can submit other evidence. Or you may wish to sit either IELTS or the OET.