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Language Requirements for Dentists

In order to register with the General Dental Council you need to present evidence of your English language skills. Currently (March 2017) the minimum required level is IELTS 7.0 Academic, and no less than 7.0 from each section.

Additionally, in order to register with NHS, applicants who have studied or trained in the UK or Irish Republic must provide:

1. A certificate of graduation or postgraduate training from a UK or Irish Republic medical school;

If applicants have not studied or trained in the UK or Irish Republic, they must provide one of:

1. A certificate indicating a pass obtained within the last two years of one of the current accepted language tests (or equivalent), at the required level of IELTS 7.0 and no less than 6.5 in each module, or equivalent as defined by the regulator. (Details of the standard are found in the application form for inclusion in the national performers lists NPL1); or

1b A certificate of graduation or postgraduate training within the past two years from a recognised medical school taught and examined in English; (Please refer to the general information section of this document for a list of countries where the first and native language is English)

AND one of

2. Evidence of three months professional employment from the past two years in a country where English is the first language, and current English language capabilities necessary for the work which those included in the list could reasonably be expected to perform are documented in the references submitted as part of the application form; or

2b Agreement to a face to face oral assessment of English language skills in a clinical context with a clinician identified by the area team with a fee payable by the applicant to cover the cost of a face to face oral assessment.

Previously, the regulations were not so tight and thousands of dentists have registered without any language test certificate or using a different certificate with a lower pass, or by proving that they have worked in an English speaking country. Please see below for the outdated regulations - these are for the reference only and please note that they are no longer applicable. You may try to use them as a reference point of IELTS Adademic/General equivalents in relation to other language certificates. This is becasue the Britishregulator has not defined a list of equivalent language certificates.

Below is a list of pass/score required by NHS England. Please note that you should be exempt from those requirements if:
- you have a certificate of graduation from a UK or Irish Republic Dental School, or
- you have a certificate of graduation from a recognised Dental School which was taught in English, or
- you have proof of having worked in an English speaking environment in which communications were in English for at least 6 months within the last 2 years, or
- you have proof of having lived in a multilingual household in which a relative or carer used English as their primary form of communication.

 

Awarding body
Title of Qualification
Pass/Minimum Average Score
Cambridge University
Certificate in English (ESOL)
www.cambridgeesol.org
Business English Certificate (BEC)
BEC Vantage
London Chamber of Commerce
Institute Examination (LCCIEB)
www.lccieb.com
English for Business (EFB)
EFB Level 2
National Open College Network
NOCN
www.nocn.org.uk
NOCL Entry Level Certificate in
ESOL
Skills for Life
Entry 2
City & Guilds
www.cityandguilds.com
City & Guilds InternationalESOL examinations
Communicator (B2)* CEF Level
Trinity
www.trinitycollege.co.uk
Certificate in Integrated
Skills in English (ISE I)
B2 *CEF Level
University of Bath
www.bath.ac.uk/ubelt/
English Language
Assessment
2.5
Linguarama
www.linguarama.com
Linguarama English Test
2.5
Eutopia Medical Solutions
www.eutopiamedical.com
Eutopia Certificate in Dental
English Language
60%
International English Language Testing System
www.ielts.org
General International English
Language Testing System
7
International English Language Testing System
www.ielts.org
International English Language Testing System Academic
6
Educational Testing Service
www.ets.org
Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) Internet Based Test
80
Educational Testing Service
www.ets.org
Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) Computer Based Test
200
Educational Testing Service
www.ets.org
Test of English as a Foreign Language
(TOEFL) Paper Based Test
450
Educational Testing Service
www.ets.org
Test of English for International
Communication (TOEIC)
660

*CEF : Common European Framework

 

Dentists from outside the EEA who have to sit ORE are required to submit IELTS certificate to the GDC therefore are not subject to the language test guidelines.

 

Better English = More Money

It is in your best interests to speak good English. This is to ensure good communication with patients and the practice staff. Usually you can also earn more money if you speak better English as you can more easily convert NHS patients into private. Many patients will also perceive you as a better dentist if you speak good English. Furthermore, you are likely to have less problems when dealing with patients' complaints. If you are unfortunate enough to get a complaint from a dissatisfied patient you will be in a better position to explain the situation to him or her with a higher level of English.

You should also remember that writing skills are also important (although the terminology required is not so broad). This is because dentists are responsible for making notes in patients' records. Even if your dental nurse is kind enough to write notes on your behalf, you are still responsible for what is written. In case of a patient's claim or complaint, the notes and patient records are the first place to check things that are checked. Therefore it is important to make good and adequate notes.

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