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English For Nurses

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This course aims to equip nurses who are speakers of English as a second language with the necessary communication skills and specialist language to go about their profession with confidence. Lesson content focuses on the specific vocabulary and communication skills required in a variety of medical contexts, with an emphasis on practical application.

The course covers all English language skills, with a particular focus on listening and speaking. Students will practise language relevant to day-to-day nursing through case-studies, role-play, communicative activities and real-world simulations. Information on the UK healthcare system will also be provided.


15, 20 or 25 hours per week

Class Size

Maximum 15

Start Dates

Any Monday (except bank holidays)

Course Length

Minimum 2 weeks


18 years+

Ideal For

Qualified or trainee nurses who wish to improve their English language skills

Standard (15 hours a week), Intensive (20 hours a week) or Super-intensive (25 hours a week). This programme is also available as a pathway module and can be combined with General English or IELTS preparation.

Course content includes areas such as:

• General nursing
• Medical terminology
• Patient admissions & discharge
• Putting patients at ease
• Completing & understanding medical documentation
• Introduction to British/Irish healthcare system
• Checking & clarifying information
• Showing empathy

Students require a minimum General English level of B1.

Our English for Nurses syllabus has been carefully designed and structured to ensure students make maximum progress throughout their course. A range of specific Nursing course books are used over the programme, along with additional material to ensure that students develop their language skills and reach the required standard.