Our English for Health and Occupational English Test (OET) Preparation ELICOS programs covers two distinct courses that you can choose from.  You can choose to study:

  • English for Health or 
  • English for OET Preparation

If you are an international student who would like to do further studies in healthcare, but wish to improve your English first, then English for Health is for you. This course will give you an introduction to English in the Healthcare sector, as well as improving your general English in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

If you are an overseas or locally trained health professional preparing for the OET, then you might consider the English for OET Preparation course. The Occupational English Test (OET) is a highly regarded English Language assessment in the Australian Health industry and at Box Hill Institute. The OET for Preparation course is heavily focused on the OET, with weekly practice exams. Graduates of English for Health may also wish to continue their language journey by completing this course.

Both courses run for 9 weeks, 5 hours per day, 4 days per week.

The end dates of the courses correspond with the test dates for the OET. Perfect timing!


Intake dates for 2019: 17 January, 11 April, 4 July, 26 September


Cost per 9 week course: $4200.00

National Code 0008ELOET
Study Areas International Students
Study Level Short Course

Our teachers are highly experienced English language teachers, and accredited OET Preparation trainers. 

English for Health focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening using health vocabulary and common hospital terminology and documents. You will also study grammatical structures using academic varieties of English.

English for OET Preparation focuses heavily on preparing for the Occupational English Test, with new practice exams conducted weekly, based on current and contemporary issues in the healthcare sector. The Occupational English Test (OET) is a highly regarded English Language assessment in the Australian Health industry and at Box Hill Institute.



English for Health: IELTS 6.0 or successful completion of ELICOS Upper Intermediate 2 with an overall score of 81% or more.

English for OET Preparation: IELTS 6.5 or successful completion of ELICOS English for Health with an overall score of 75% or more.

You’ll need:

  • writing materials (notebook and pens)
  • laptop (not essential, but at times you may be in a classroom without computers)

All other learning materials will be provided in class.

For local enquiries please contact us at OET@boxhill.edu.au or call 1300 269 445

For overseas enquiries, direct entry. See how to apply or contact the international office.

English for Health: graduates may wish to pursue vocational studies in the health sector in areas such as individual support.  English for Health graduates may also like to prepare for higher level health studies (such as nursing), by completing the English for OET Preparation course.  

English for OET Preparation prepares local or overseas trained health professionals for the OET.  This course is also designed for graduates of English for Health, wishing to prepare for higher level studies in areas such as nursing. 

Last updated: December 14, 2018 03:47pm