An intensive course focused on the skills, language and techniques doctors need for the OET exam. 


The Occupational English Test (OET) is a test of English for healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses and midwives. In the UK, healthcare professionals require a grade B (equivalent to IELTS band 7 and C1 in the Common European Framework (CEF) in the OET to work in the country. 

This face-to-face course focuses on the skills you need to achieve test success. Our teachers adapt the course for the needs and level of each class. This means your lessons will be designed with your progression in mind. Online guided self-study sessions will provide you with the targeted focus you need to achieve your required OET grade.

Hours per week 

Lessons: 30 per week
Lesson times: 27 hours 30 minutes per week

Bank holidays 

There will be no lessons taking place on UK Bank Holidays when the school will be closed. Fees are not pro rata for weeks where bank holidays take place


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You will study a wide range of medical language, with a specific focus on communicating effectively with patients and their families.  You will work on exam strategies specifically tailored to your needs and your profession. 

The morning sessions will focus on listening and reading, while the afternoon sessions will develop your skills for the speaking and writing exams. 

The course looks at exam techniques and strategies, including full exam practice.

Classes that have fewer than eight participants, speaking and writing lessons may contain a mix of students preparing for the OET exam in different areas of healthcare.    

Over the course week you will: 

  • Cover all parts of the OET exam and be given strategies, techniques and advice on how to achieve the grade you need
  • Complete a practice test under exam conditions and get individual feedback from your teacher
  • Study each part of the exam and have regular tests to see your progress
  • Practise speaking using a wide range of medical language used in the exam
  • Develop your writing skills and learn how to analyse data and patient letters to help you write more accurately
  • Listen to different talks, lectures, programmes and conversations
  • Read a wide range of medical and exam style texts such as reports and patient letters
  • Increase your grammar and medical vocabulary range to help you improve your OET grade. 

IH London is an accredited exam centre for OET, and our OET teachers are fully trained to deliver OET courses and to teach online – so you can be assured you are in safe hands with IH London.

You will be placed in a class with people of a similar language level as you and your teacher will help you attain the highest possible OET grade.   

By the end of the course you will…

  • Understand the OET exam 
  • Feel more confident when you take the exam 
  • Use a range of medical language and communicate more fluently with patients and their families
  • Think critically and express your opinions in both written and spoken English 
  • Use strategies and techniques to help improve all four skills –listening, reading, writing, speaking. 
  • 30 group lessons with your teacher and classmates
  • A wide range of motivating materials, including digital resources and coursebooks
  • Access to our online learning platform and a range of self-study materials 
  • Regular targeted support from your teacher to help you achieve your learning goals
  • Mock test experience to best prepare you for the exam   
  • Mock test experience to best prepare you for the exam  
  • Opportunities to attend additional free English lessons with trainees
  • Social activity programme  – see our weekly calendar for more details and prices
  • Access to the library and computers
  • Exam fees are not included in the course price

*By the end of the course, you will be better able to… 

Spoken Interaction  

  • Use a range of language to help build relationships with your patients
  • Communicate more confidently and clearly in a consultation typical of your profession
  • Improve language proficiency to express yourself
  • Respond to information using the appropriate language register


Spoken Production  

  • Use a range of language to communicate effectively in a consultation typical of your profession
  • Express yourself clearly and without ambiguity
  • Checking and responding appropriately to information given
  • Use spoken discourse to logically present your ideas



  • Listen and understand the main points of a variety of dialogues between healthcare professionals and their patients
  • Use a range of techniques, follow a long text and identify key information
  • Use decoding skills to predict the meaning of unknown vocabulary
  • Follow the main points of presentation or interview when there are multiple speakers



  • Structure a piece of writing (e.g letter) relevant to your profession in the appropriate register.
  • Write clear and concise information with sufficient supporting evidence
  • Analyse data and information
  • Write more accurate sentences or paragraphs with awareness of how to connect the ideas





  • Read a variety of text types for detailed information in texts to answer exam style questions
  • Improve your gist reading skills in order to extract key information
  • Predict the meaning of unknown vocabulary
  • Use a range of techniques to identify opinions and infer meaning


 Life Skills   

  • Set learning goals and plan your personal progress
  • Use critical thinking skills
  • Apply study skills and strategies after your course ends applicable to your workplace

*Some course outcomes may vary depending on your starting level of English and personal learning goals.


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  2. Personal details
  3. Transfer
  4. Accommodation
  5. Insurance
  6. Confirm & pay

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