The Occupational English Test is an international language test for healthcare professionals who want to register and work in the UK as nurses, midwives or doctors. Our Exam Focus Course will give you the best chance of passing the exam.
The Occupational English Test is recognised by the UK’s Nursing and Midwifery Council as evidence of language proficiency. It's specially designed for healthcare professionals, reflecting real workplace tasks and relevant language usage and skills. Many people take the test in order to work or study in the UK or other English-speaking countries, such as Dubai, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
If you're planning to work in nursing, study with us for just four weeks to improve your English language skills and understand how to prepare effectively for the test.
If you need further support with your English, as well as preparing for the test, we recommend our 12-week OET Total Preparation course.
This is a part-time evening course, so you can balance study with other commitments. You can choose to study in Cambridge or Chelmsford. Courses run throughout the year with start dates every month. There are two lessons each week (usually Monday and Wednesday evenings in Cambridge; Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Chelmsford). In total, that's 24 hours of classroom tuition, plus opportunities for self-study in your own time.
The OET is a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in healthcare settings. Overseas-trained nurses and midwives who are required to take an English language test to gain registration with the NMC need to achieve Grade B across all four OET sub-tests.
Find out more about the Occupational English Test.
The OET Exam Focus Course runs part-time over four weeks. You'll join us for eight three-hour study sessions, all in the evenings.
You can take a standalone course or combine it with an English Language Skills course, to improve your general English skills before targeted work on OET exam strategies.
Course content includes:
During the course, you will work on your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills using real-life language.
Our tutors will give you feedback, and set extra work for you to complete outside the lessons. You'll have access to our online learning materials, University library and computer suites.
Our courses all finish one week before an Occupational English Test date. This gives you a week to revise, and make use of the exam strategies you've learned on the course.
Cambridge classes: Monday and Wednesday evenings
Chelmsford classes: Tuesday and Thursday evenings
Course fee: £450
The course fee includes some course materials. It does not include any text books. We'll send you a list of suitable text books before you start your course.
Please note that the Occupational English Test exam fees are not included in the course fee.
You'll sit the Occupational English Test exam approximately one week after finishing your course.
Exams take place on our campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. We can help you book your OET exam.
Our Language Centre is here to support your academic success.
We offer a wide range of English courses, including academic and general English, summer programmes and bespoke courses, as well as in-sessional English language support. There's also the chance to learn an additional language with our Anglia Language Programme – open to all ARU students and staff.
You'll find a friendly, supportive teaching environment here with highly experienced and qualified teaching staff who are dedicated to helping you pursue your ambitions.
Once we have received your application form, we'll send you an offer letter by email. You will need to return the acceptance slip in the offer letter, and pay for the OET Preparation Course in full.
Before your course starts, we'll send you a course timetable and information about registering.
Our OET course is suitable for anyone with an upper-intermediate level of English or above (IELTS 6.0 - IELTS 7.5).
If your level is lower than this, we recommend the OET Total Preparation: English and Exam Skills Focus course. This will improve your English language as well as preparing you for the OET.
If you are unsure of your English level, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange an assessment.