Occupational English Test (OET) Total Preparation: English and Exam Skills Focus Course

English course english language courses (From 12 weeks)

Cambridge, Chelmsford Cambridge, Chelmsford

March, June, November


Refine your English language skills and prepare for the Occupational English Test (OET) for healthcare professionals, with our total preparation course. Study part-time in Cambridge or Chelmsford.

Full description

Course content

The OET Total Preparation Course runs part-time over 12 weeks. You'll join us for two three-hour sessions each week.

Teaching takes place on Mondays and Wednesdays in Cambridge, and Tuesdays and Thursdays in Chelmsford. You can choose to take classes in the morning or the afternoon.

On this course you will:

  • develop your reading and writing skills so you can understand and produce accurate medical documents, such as referral letters or notes for colleagues
  • improve your spoken communication for the workplace and develop your confidence when interacting with patients, their families and other medical professionals
  • extend your listening skills so that you can understand, summarise and identify important information, for example listening to a patient consultation or a presentation by a healthcare professional 
  • understand the test requirements for the OET test
  • learn test strategies for each paper: reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • recognise typical issues and errors for test takers and how to avoid them
  • improve test performance, eg using language appropriately for varying medical contexts
  • know how to prepare and develop your English language skills outside of the classroom.

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.

Course dates and fees

Our courses finish one to two weeks before an Occupational English Test date. This gives you time to revise, and make use of the exam strategies you've learned on the course.

Cambridge classes*:

  • 26 November-27 February 2019, 12 weeks (24 lessons). Next test date is 16 March 2019
  • 11 March-29 May 2019, 12 weeks (24 lessons). Next test date is 15 June 2019
  • 3 June to 21 August 2019, 12 weeks (24 lessons). Next test date is 31 August 2019

Chelmsford classes*: 

  • 27 November-28 February 2019, 12 weeks (24 lessons). Next test date is 16 March 2019
  • 12 March to 30 May 2019, 12 weeks (24 lessons). Next test date is 15 June 2019
  • 4 June-22 August 2019, 12 weeks (24 lessons). Next test date is 31 August 2019

*Please note there are no lessons on public holidays. Lessons will be rescheduled to a day other than a Monday in the same week.

Course fee: £1,125

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.


You'll sit the Occupational English Test exam approximately one to two weeks after finishing your course.

Exams take place on our campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. We can help you book your OET exam.

Where you will study

Your department and faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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How to apply

To apply please email language@aru.ac.uk

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 Occupational English Test Preparation Course in full.

Before your course starts, we'll send you a course timetable and information about registering.

Entry requirements

The OET Total Preparation Course is suitable for anyone with an intermediate level of English or above (IELTS 5.0 - IELTS 7.5).

If you are unsure of your English level, please email language@aru.ac.uk and we can arrange an assessment.

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