Specialist Language Courses

Online Learning vs Face-to-Face


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Online language learning has become immensely popular in the last decade. The opportunity to develop language skills via an app, website or online tutor is very attractive, as it removes the need for learners to spend time and money travelling to a school or college – lessons can happen anywhere with an internet connection. However, a real concern is that online courses take away the human element of teaching and learning and prevent students from developing the rapport with their tutors that is so crucial to language acquisition. Fortunately, online courses conducted in real time combine the best aspects of both methods to create a study environment that is comfortable and intimate while maintaining high academic standards and promoting student-centred learning. (more…)

OET September Update – Exam Changes

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The OET September update: what you need to know

The OET exam on 9 September 2018 will be the first to feature several updates that will make the test more current, relevant and effective. The changes reflect the latest research and the feedback of candidates, experts and the many organisations that work with OET. The new test will not differ enormously from the present version, but it’s important for anyone preparing or applying for the test – or thinking about it – to understand the changes.


New Course: Reach OET B Medicine

SLC is delighted to announce the release of its latest online Medical English course, Reach OET B Medicine.

Reach OET B Medicine is a 50-hour course, specially designed for doctors who want to achieve Grade B in the international Occupational English Test (OET). Following the GMC announcement in February this year, OET is now accepted as proof that doctors wishing to work in the UK have the requisite English language skills to work in an English-speaking environment.


OET Medicine now accepted by GMC – OET for Doctors

The General Medical Council (GMC), the UK’s official registration body for medical practitioners, is now accepting the Occupational English Test (OET) as proof of English language ability for doctors from other countries. This means that overseas doctors can satisfy the language requirement of registration with the GMC by taking an exam designed to test medical English, with texts and scenarios that reflect those they encounter at work, rather than a general or academic English exam.


What is the difference between IELTS and OET?

Both IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and OET (Occupational English Test) are used to test the English language of healthcare professionals in different parts of the world.

They are chosen by regulatory bodies to ensure doctors, nurses and other professions have sufficient language skills to communicate at a high level with patients and colleagues, and so ensure safe and effective care.


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What is the Occupational English Test (OET)

The Occupational English Test (OET) is used in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore among others to assess the Medical English skills of a wide range of international healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses and AHPs. (more…)

SLC Article on IELTS for Nurses in National Health Executive Magazine

NHE article IELTS for Nurses

We’re delighted to have had an article published in the National Health Magazine focusing on how the IELTS 7.0 requirement is impacting on recruiting nurses from the EU.

Given the triggering of Article 50 and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the status of EU workers, the impact of this challenging language requirement is harder than it would have been otherwise, further squeezing a declining supply of international nurses at a time of significant shortages across the NHS.


New SLC IELTS Prep Course at Cambridge University Hospitals

IELTS for the NHS

SLC is delighted to be starting a new IELTS Preparation course for nurses at Cambridge University Hospitals today. CUH is renowned both in the UK and internationally, not only for its excellent care but also for its outstanding academic research work. We wish everyone the greatest of success!

For more information on our IELTS preparation courses designed specifically for nurses and doctors, using the latest in blended learning methodologies, please contact our team, visit the dedicated webpage or just pick up the phone and call us on 01273 900213.