University Pathways to Medical Professions

For younger students we have a number of partners offering pathways to university courses in medicine and medical sciences. Click to jump to that section of this web page.

Studying Medical English

Many students wish to study Medical English to help their careers, with some wishing to try to qualify to be able to work and live in the UK. The OET covers  a wide variety of medical professions – Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine (doctors/surgeons), Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Radiography, Speech, Pathology, and Veterinary Science. Each regulatory body in the UK has different requirements in terms of medical qualifications but all will require a high standard of English. This can be achieved through the study of IELTS or, preferably, the newer OET (Occupational English Test). We have a number of study partners for OET and some are also test centres as shown on the map below:


(Image courtesy of Foyle International)

Nurses are always in demand in the UK by the various NHS Trusts operating hospitals and other facilities around the country. There are also many care homes in the UK and therefore there are plenty of opportunities to work as a pre-registered nurse. The CBT is a computer based test for basic medical competence whilst the OSCE is a practical test. Both of these are needed before a nurse can apply to register as a nurse in the UK.

International Nursing Programme

We work closely with Foyle International who are based in Derry (Londonderry) in Northern Ireland. We recommend their International Nursing Programme as it offers more than just study for the OET exam. The programme provides support and guidance for nurses who want to work in the UK and combines their OET for Nurses and Preparation for work in the UK courses. The aim is to ensure nurses achieve the OET B needed for registering with the Nursing and Midwifery Council in the UK. It also provides nurses with cultural orientation and adaptation, as well as interview preparation to give nurses the best chance at succeeding in their UK career.

The OET element comprises:

  • 15 hours group classes per week
  • Mock exam towards end of course
  • Exam strategies and techniques for passing the OET exam
  • Language focus required in each OET sub-tests

Then, to prepare for work, students receive:

  • Interview preparation
  • CV workshop
  • Guidance on NMC registration process
  • Support with applying for Tier 2 visa
  • Pastoral support with things like setting up UK bank account

Nurses who wish to work in the UK require the OET B and also the CBT to be completed. Then they can secure a job as a “pre-registered” nurse while they prepare for the OSCE practical exam – this can be taken in Derry at Ulster University so very close to the Foyle International school.

Our Other OET Providers

If you are only looking for an OET course and exam centre then we have other providers available as shown below. Just let us know which programme you are interested in when you contact us.

OET Test Centre

Anglo-Continental, Bournemouth

The intensive preparation course is designed to help trainees focus on the four language skills, listening, reading, writing and speaking, to help develop the level of proficiency required to successfully take the test. This 30 lesson per week course allows time to focus on improving overall language proficiency as well as the specific exam techniques required for the different tasks in the test.

OET Test Centre

Wimbledon School of English, London

The OET course at Wimbledon follows an intensive timetable of 28 lessons per week/23 hours 20 minutes per week. During the course, you will study a wide range of medical language, with a specific focus on ways of communicating effectively with patients and their relatives. You will improve your reading, writing and listening skills whilst learning vocabulary and increasing your accuracy in your use of grammar. You will be given strategies on how to approach the different parts of the test, and you will complete a full practice test, after which you will receive detailed feedback and further practice to ensure the best possible result in the exam.

Areas of study may include:

  • Medical Histories
  • Patient Examination
  • Types of Treatment
  • Medication – Benefits and Side Effects
  • Advising Patients
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Analysing Real Case Scenarios
  • Making & Discussing a Diagnosis
  • Using Specialised Terminology
  • Difficult Patients

International House, Manchester

IH Manchester can help you to OET success!

OET 1:1 lessons with IH Manchester are designed to give you the language and test skills needed to pass and move on to the next stage of your medical career in the UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.

Why study OET with IH Manchester?

  • Study with full trained and qualified OET experts
  • Access to our online study platform with content written by leading OET professionals and which includes 35 videos, 45 audio tracks and 100s of different tasks and activities including test practice.
  • IH Manchester’s flipped learning approach means you learn efficiently. Students can complete activities on our platform before class so more class time is spent practising, consolidating understanding and receiving feedback.
  • Learn the language skills required for exam success including integrated grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation work as well as exam focused writing, reading, speaking and listening practice.
  • Learn how to succeed with focused exam criteria explanations integrated throughout the student’s programme. Understand each section of each part of the test and how to succeed.
  • Exam practice including speaking test roles plays and written test script correction throughout the programme as required.

International House, Bristol

IH Bristol offers 1-week Intensive group preparation classes once a month at our language centre in Clifton, Bristol.

Study and practise the specific formats for each part of the exam (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) so you are confident and well-prepared when you take OET. This includes study of the medical language necessary for the exam and also for the profession you are aiming for (Medicine or Nursing).

Morning classes focus on Speaking and Writing; afternoon classes focus on Reading and Listening, with 5 class hours per day in total. There is a full mock exam included for each participant.
By the end of the course, you will also have improved some of your techniques and language to help you in your future patient interactions!

Medical English and Other Related Courses

In addition to OET, we have partner schools who offer various medical English courses. Please see below for details and let us know which programme you are interested in.

OET and other Medical English Courses

In addition to the OET course above, Anglo-Continental also offer two additional Medical English courses.

English for Medical Professionals
  • Communication with patients and medical staff
  • Explaining medical procedures
  • Conducting medical examinations
  • Taking histories and writing reports
  • The hospital environment
  • Care of medical and surgical patients
  • Working within specialities
  • Authentic medical films
  • Medication – side effects, dosages and contra-indications
  • Using medical documents
English for Medical Students
  • Human anatomy
  • Diseases and symptoms
  • Taking histories
  • Conducting medical examinations
  • Medical publications and research
  • Authentic medical films
  • The World Health Organisation
  • Reading and writing case histories
  • Medication – side effects, dosages and contra-indications
  • Evaluation of online medical websites and resources

Introduction to UK Medicine (for Group bookings)

This course is an introduction to UK medicine designed for international students aged 16+ who wish to get a taste of what is like to be a doctor in the UK and a real-life experience at a UK university.


  • OET Test Preparation Course (Week 1)
  • UK Healthcare Training (Week 2)
  • On-site accommodation
  • Guided visit to a British university
  • In-house evening activities
  • Free days sightseeing

So, you think you want to be a doctor, nurse, midwife or allied health care professional?
During the students last week, they will undertake this unique course, which is designed
to help you answer that question by letting you see the practice of health care medicine
at first hand, giving you a taste of what school would be like, and helping you evaluate
how well your talents and preferences match those of a career in medicine and allied
health sectors.

This course will advise students on medical school application and introduce other
health care professions whilst demonstrating the best practices, demystifying the
process and addressing any concerns they may have. It will guide students through
what they need to know before applying, from a discussion of which course is best for
them and which career is best suited to them and exploring the differences between
various medical schools and their application processes.


  • Provide an introduction to a doctor’s and allied health care professionals role
  • Inform students of the rewards and challenges of a career in medicine and its allied professions
  • Provide a practical introduction to medicine through simulation and skills demonstration

University pathways to studying Medical Sciences

In addition to the specific courses below, see our Boarding School page for children looking to study GCSEs and A Levels for a university route to medical science studies at university.

Many older international students look for a Foundation Pathway into studying medical sciences. These academic courses will also help to improve English to a level needed for study of these subjects at university.

International College Foundation Pathway Route

Abbey College (Malvern) International Pre-University Foundation Science Programme

This Medical and Dentistry Route is a one-year programme providing students with an alternative to A levels as a progression route to universities which provide medical related course via entrance examinations. On occasion a two-year course may be offered to students whose English or depth of knowledge and understanding requires further development and additional tuition may be provided to meet the needs of the applicant. The duration and structure of the course is dependent upon the applicant’s academic background and English at the time of application. It is an appropriate route into international universities for these specific undergraduate medical, dentistry, nursing and physiotherapy programmes.

Stay Campus (London) Medical Foundation Programme

Stay Campus London's University Foundation Programme is a two or three-term course designed for international students who wish to progress onto undergraduate courses in the UK to study medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and other life science fields. The programme consists of academic modules, study skills, and one-to-one tutorials.

You will also take a variety of courses specifically designed to prepare you for enrolling on a Medical degree programme in the UK. Our Medical Foundation Programme provides an understanding of how the human body works through a study of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. It also introduces the study of some elements of pathology, microbiology, virology and parasitology, genetics and public health.

Genes, Cells & Development

This module provides a solid foundation for the study of biomedical phenomena and the conditions for cellular life and health. Beginning with the constituents of living things, you’ll explore the way that molecules and energy interact to produce compartmentalised structures that regulate and reproduce themselves.

Atoms, Molecules & Reactions

You’ll learn the fundamentals of physical chemistry so that you can account for and predict changes of matter, energy, and chemical or biochemical states. The module emphasises problem solving skills and fundamental laws. Chemical principles will be illustrated with examples from life and health sciences, and students will be encouraged to find and discuss further applications.

Measurements in Life Sciences

This module teaches you how biology and health are described and investigated by physical approaches. You will approach physical concepts through examples drawn from biological scenarios. These studies in physics will be underpinned by workshops where you will become proficient in mathematical operations and thinking that will be required throughout your academic and professional life. Finally, you will learn the basics of computing, and apply them to a simple biological problem or scenario.

Medicine, Disease & Society

This module introduces international students to the social and historical context of health and healthcare, including contemporary problems and dilemmas, and possible future developments. You will consider your own reasons for aspiring to work in healthcare, and will acquire tools for discussing and evaluating claims about health, disease and treatment.

Tissues, Systems & Regulation

This module builds on the work of Genes, Cells & Development to explain system-level phenomena in the life sciences, with a focus on mammals. You will be expected to apply physiological principles and mechanistic insights to explain the response of living systems to perturbations, including disease states.

Periodic & Organic Chemistry

This module includes an emphasis on principles (of atomic structure and of electron movements) that develop your skills in chemical problem solving. You will be encouraged to explore biomedical applications of group chemistry, organic structure, functions, and reaction mechanisms (free radicals, eliminations, additions, substitutions).

Investigations in Biomedicine

This module prepares you to pursue and present your own work at a level appropriate to higher education. By having the opportunity to carry out your own research project, you will get hands-on experience practising the research skills required at an undergraduate level. Together with your supervisor, you will select a topic of interest, generate your own findings, and present the results in formats adapted to different audiences.