Upper Intermediate Level

English for Healthcare and Nursing (Upper Intermediate)

CRICOS Code: 102574B


English for Healthcare and Nursing - Upper Intermediate - OET Preparation 

The program is tailored for students who have completed the Intermediate level English Healthcare and Nursing course or equivalent (the course develops English skills at an upper intermediate level). It focuses on developing the spoken and written communication skills required by healthcare professionals, in situations such as staff-patient interactions, workplace instructions, shift handover meetings and more, by preparing students for the professional language needs of the industry in Australia. Students will focus on nursing topics and professional communication skills relevant to their career path, using high quality materials including Occupational English Test (OET) practice tests.


Preparation Provider: OET Knowlege

Issuer: OET

Key Strengths

Medical Terminology

Target vocabulary specific to healthcare and nursing, including patient admissions, respiratory problems, wound and diabetes care, medications, pre- and post-operative patient assessment. Students practise using useful vocabulary in role plays, online games, quizzes and real-world writing tasks.

Passionate & Experienced Teachers

Our experienced English language teachers and qualified nurses will give you a comprehensive language learning experience, as well as real-world knowledge of the Australian healthcare industry.

Communication Skill

Focus on real workplace communication skills such as admitting and discharging a patient or explaining handovers. Learn workplace jargon and expressions.

Medical focus topics include:

  • The heart and explaining how it works
  • The respiratory system
  • Wound bed preparation
  • Explaining hypoglycaemia and diabetes
  • The kidneys and renal failure
  • Intravenous (IV) infusions
  • Australian Healthcare System

Intake Dates

Charter Australia adopts a rolling enrolment model. Domestic students have the flexibility to enrol in any week when a new unit of competency commences. International students, on the other hand, are able to enrol at the start of each school term. Please refer to the Term Dates for further information.

Duration: 16 weeks
Topics: 7
Requirements: Intl Students - IELTS score of 5.5+ or equivalent
Language: English
ID 55795


Class Schedule Location Domestic Students International Students

Entry Requirements

See Entry Requirements



Core Learning

Learning Activities

  • Speaking practice in class so learners can communicate with improved accuracy, fluency and confidence when dealing with patients and colleagues.
  • Writing tasks with individualised teacher feedback.
  • Regular assessment using OET practice materials with constructive feedback.

Learning Materials

Core Textbook, Workbook, Videos, Authentic Australian learning materials.

Delivery Mode

Class Hours

  • 22 hours per week
  • 5.5 hours per day
  • 4 days per week

Course Duration & Delivery

Duration: 15 weeks classes + 1 week review period

New students can commence on any Monday during term, however we suggest starting at the beginning of the term and finishing all 15 weeks, as each week will focus on specific healthcare topics.

Pathways to Further Studies

After successfully completing our 
English for Healthcare and Nursing - Upper Intermediate - OET test preparation course, you will be well-equipped to take the OET exam and open up a range of opportunities. These include fulfilling the English language requirements for healthcare professions, enhancing your chances of employment in English-speaking countries, and advancing your career in the healthcare sector.