Are you coming to Spain in October?

We’re hugely looking forward to attending the 4th international English for Healthcare Conference on October 3rd and 4th – and not just because we get to go to the Spanish Mediterranean coast for a ... (more...)

IELTS writing tips

Getting a high score in the IELTS Writing paper is the most challenging task for many IELTS test candidates. You need to use advanced grammar, a wide range of high-level vocabulary and plenty of ... (more...)

What's the difference between IELTS writing 6.5 and 7.0?

  Academic IELTS for international nurses At the beginning of 2016, the NMC introduced a new regulation which required all nurses from outside the UK to achieve a score of 7.0 or above (out of 9.0) ... (more...)

The NMC reduces IELTS Writing requirement from 7 to 6.5

  The NMC reduces IELTS Writing requirement from 7 to 6.5 SLC is delighted with the NMC’s decision to reduce the required level in the Writing paper of the Academic IELTS test from 7 to 6.5, as from ... (more...)

Online Learning vs Face-to-Face

  Online language learning has become immensely popular in the last decade. The opportunity to develop language skills via an app, website or online tutor is very attractive, as it removes the need ... (more...)

Press Release: SLC confirmed as first OET-accredited Premium Provider in Europe

Press release, 15th November 2017 Specialist Language Courses (SLC) is delighted to announce that we are the first English language training company in the UK and Europe to be accredited by the ... (more...)

What is the difference between IELTS and OET?

Both IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and OET (Occupational English Test) are used to test the English language of healthcare professionals in different parts of the world. They ... (more...)

IELTS and Nursing Recruitment on the Beeb

Good to hear an article on yesterday evening's 'The World Tonight' on Radio 4 covering the impact of the IELTS test on international recruitment. The article starts 16 minutes into the show. (more...)

NMC to Review English Testing Requirements for Overseas Nurses

  SLC welcomes the NMC’s decision to conduct a stocktake of English language requirements for overseas nurses wanting to work in the UK, as reported in the Nursing Times. (more...)

SLC Article on IELTS for Nurses in National Health Executive Magazine

  We're delighted to have had an article published in the National Health Magazine focusing on how the IELTS 7.0 requirement is impacting on recruiting nurses from the EU. Given the triggering of ... (more...)