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OET for Doctors

The Occupational English Test (OET) reflects real life medical scenarios. Doctors can use OET  to register with the General Medical Council in the UK.

This course involves English language preparation  – to ensure you achieve your desired OET Grade B (equivalent to IELTS 7.0). This course also includes exam skills and techniques needed for all four subtests of the OET examination.

Click here to find out more about using OET to register with the GMC.

Course Details

  • Class Times

    Monday – Friday, 9.30am-12.45pm

  • Hours

    15 hours per week

  • Duration

    12 weeks / 24 weeks / 36 weeks (dependant on level of English)

  • Additional Information

    Group classes , Classroom based

OET for Doctors

Course Description

This course will help you to improve your general English and communication skills, with the language being focused specifically on Medical English. The course provides 15 hours per week of English – a combination of General and Medical (OET) English. During these morning sessions your teacher will work on all areas of the OET test: Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing. Practice includes examination tasks and mock exams.

An individual log is kept of your scores to highlight stronger skills and pinpoint weaker areas for further development. The aim of this is to show progression and to form the basis for assigning supplementary work to improve on these areas. In addition, the course will also cover study techniques, research methods, IT skills, self-development and cultural awareness in order to help you prepare effectively for employment in an English-speaking environment.

Language level on entry

Recommended study period

OET Grade C+/IELTS 6.5 – 3 months

OET Grade C/IELTS 6.0 – 6 months

OET Grade D+/IELTS 5.5 – 9 months

OET Grade D/IELTS 5.0 or lower – 12 months (or more)

The Writing and Speaking sub-tests are specific to doctors. The Reading and Listening sub-tests are suitable for all healthcare professionals. See sample questions on the OET website here.


In a private room you will take part in two role-plays. You take your role as a doctor, while the interlocutor plays a patient. For example, finding out how a patient feels about insulin injections. 20 minutes


The task is to write a referral letter. An example would be to write to a specialist doctor for further investigation/diagnosis. 45 minutes.


Follow and understand a range of health-related spoken materials such as patient consultations and lectures. Approx. 45 minutes


Read and understand different types of text on health-related subjects 60 minutes

You can book the OET exam at Foyle International directly through OET. Please visit their website here to see upcoming OET exams.


What Students Say About OET for Doctors

I am happy I had a chance to join this course despite having busy family life. I would recommend this course for doctors and nurses who are struggling to achieve the score they need and for those who are seeking guidance regarding OET exam. Thank you so much for providing this excellent course!"

Charos Allaberganova


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