Consultation on English language skills competence

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We are consulting on revised guidance on evidence of English language skills for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

We are proposing that applicants to the registers of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians could use a recent pass of the Pharmacy Occupational English Language Test (OET) as evidence of English language competence.

The Pharmacy OET would be accepted as an alternative to a recent pass of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for eligibility to start the Overseas Pharmacists’ Assessment Programme, and for registration.

The OET is the only English language test specifically for healthcare professionals. It assesses language skills using real healthcare communication scenarios that candidates are likely to meet in the workplace. The OET for Pharmacy is applicable to both pharmacists and pharmacy technicians and it is already used by the regulators of other health professionals in the UK and internationally to assess English language skills.

To meet the level of English language ability required, individuals taking the Pharmacy OET would be required to score at least a B in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking in English at one sitting of the test. This would be the equivalent of our current requirement for a recent pass of the academic version of IELTS with an overall score of at least 7 and with no score less than 7 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking at one sitting of the test.

Read the consultation document to see our proposals in full [PDF 529 KB]

You can also read the consultation document in Welsh [PDF 659 KB]

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The consultation is open until 6 November 2020 and we  welcome responses to this consultation from everyone (individuals and organisations) who has information and views.