OET for Nurses

The Occupational English Test (OET) reflects real life nursing scenarios. Overseas Nurses can use OET Grade B to register with the Nursing and Midwifery 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 NMC. 

  • 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)
  • Group classes 
  • Classroom based 

Next Start Date:  21st June 2021 

OET for Nurses: OET Preparation Course

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)

OET for Nurses: Test Format

The Writing and Speaking sub-tests are specific to nurses. The Reading and Listening sub-tests are suitable for all healthcare professionals. 


In a private room you will take part in two role-plays. You take your role as a nurse, while the interlocutor plays a patient. 20 minutes


The task is to write a letter, usually a referral letter. Sometimes, especially for some professions, a different type of letter is required: e.g. a letter of transfer or discharge, or a letter to advise or inform a patient, carer, or group. 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

Booking the OET Exam

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

For more information on OET or to apply for this course, get in touch at info@foyle.eu