International Nursing Bridging Programme (INBP)

Become a registered nurse in the UK with the International Nursing Bridging Programme

Are you a qualified nurse and want to work in the UK Healthcare sector?

The International Nursing Bridging Programme NBP has been developed to respond to the crisis in UK Healthcare staffing shortages (currently 40000 nursing vacancies).

Supported by NHS

This is demonstrated in the government’s decision to place Healthcare roles in the Shortage Occupation List, and to create a new visa route called the Health and Care Visa designed to encourage overseas Healthcare workers to come to the UK to take up jobs.

Activate Learning International in cooperation with the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust (RBHT) has created the INBP to bridge the gap for qualified nurses from overseas to train as NHS staff in UK.

About the course

The course delivers the elements required to qualify to work as a nurse in the UK; Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Occupational English Test (OET) and other modules designed together with the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust (RBHT).

Duration and delivery

The programme is a 6 month 100% online course and you will receive 1:1 personal tuition and weekly tutorials.


We provide free of charge support and guidance including guidance on visa applications, job applications, employer benefits and incentives to help you find the right job for you. We also offer advice on living and working in the UK, to help make your experience as stress free as possible.

Cost and payment terms

The programme is fully flexible so that you can work as you learn. The course costs £3000 and can be paid in three instalments interest free.


Successful completion leads to a recognised International qualification necessary to become a registered nurse and to be paid as per the NHS scale.

Would you like to join the INBP programme?

At City of Oxford College we offer a stress-free course. In cooperation with the Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust (RBHT), we deliver all the elements required to qualify to work as a nurse in the UK.

How to apply

To be eligible for the programme, there are five simple conditions:

  • A Duolingo English test score 95 or IELTS 6.0 (British Council test is free if you haven't taken a test yet)
  • A nursing qualification
  • A criminal record check
  • A complete resume/ CV
  • Access to a laptop/ computer and the internet

If you meet these entry criteria and would like to apply for the programme, please complete the enquiry form. Alternatively please email us if you require more information.

How do I become a registered nurse (RN) in the UK?

You need to get your PIN from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

You need to be a registered nurse in your country. You need to take the OET exam and achieve Band B in all areas (Band C in Writing). You need to pass the CBT exam. You need to pass the OSCE exam.

Yes. The INBP has been created to help you achieve all of the above requirements.

The International Nursing Bridging Programme (INBP) is a 6 month online study programme created to support qualified nurses from around the world to work in the UK Healthcare sectors.

The INBP has been created with the support of our NHS partners at Royal Berkshire Hospital Trust, and has been approved by NHS Employers and the Department of Health and Social Care. We follow the NHS Employers Code of Practice for the ethical recruitment of overseas healthcare professionals.

  • Dedicated tutors for ongoing support
  • Online and offline learning
  • 6 months English language improvement, and preparation for the OET exam.
  • OSCE exam training
  • CBT exam training
  • NHS Values training
  • Living and Working in the UK (cross-cultural training)
  • Free employer introduction service
  • Free visa advice and support
  • Free immigration advice

We offer everything an agency would offer but without the fees.

We offer the INBP in most countries in the world. These get updated on our website on a regular basis.

There are currently 40,000 nurses vacancies in the UK. We will provide you lots of support to find work in the UK in either the public healthcare sector (NHS), or the private healthcare sector (care homes, nursing homes etc.). We provide an Introduction service to our extensive network of Healthcare employer partners around the UK.


Don’t worry, we do not ask for any payment until you have enrolled onto the programme. After that, you can choose to pay full fees in advance or in three instalments of £1,000 during the course. You can make your payment by bank transfer or by credit card.


We will receive your application form and check that you have provided all of the required information, and that you are eligible to join the INBP. We will get in touch with you very soon to let you know

No. We will ask if we need anything further to help assess your application

Yes, providing you pass all of the modules including the OSCE practical assessment.

There are no guarantees in light of the global challenges we face. However, the UK has one of the highest rates of vaccination in the world so we are confident there will be no barriers to your getting work in the UK.

You need to have a minimum level of English to apply of IELTS 6.0 or Duolingo English Test - 95

You can also use the British Council test here.

Yes! You can take the test online at home, so no need to go to an IELTS testing centre. The test takes a few hours only, and costs $49.

Your application will be automatically deferred to the next in- take

Yes, you will receive the Activate Learning INBP Certificate. Also, you will receive your OET test certificate, the CBT certificate, and when you pass the OSCE you will receive your UK NMC PIN to show you are a registered nurse.

Possibly. However you will have to discuss this with your sponsor. It’s better to choose a city/location where you would like to stay.

No experience is required to join the INBP, although if you have clinical experience you will find the course easier.


This depends on how long it takes to apply for your visa. The sooner you apply for a job the sooner you will arrive in the UK

Once you receive your job offer and travel to UK you may be required to quarantine from up to 2 weeks if you are from a ‘red list’ country. Your employer will provide accommodation and support you with this requirement. 

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