English for Healthcare

In addition to IELTS and OET, we provide a complementary English programme for Health Care Assistants (HCAs) and Carers who work in an English speaking environment. Set at beginner / intermediate (CEFR A2 to B1) level, this course is suitable for those who require a Functional Skills qualification from Entry Level 1 to Entry Level 3.

Our 60 hour open access course is aimed at healthcare providers working in all care environments including hospitals, care homes, and nursing homes.

This course allows HCAs to:

    • Communicate effectively with patients, their carers and relatives.
    • Interact well with colleagues and managers and convey written and spoken information efficiently.
    • Approach the Functional Skills exam with confidence.

The Training

The English for Healthcare framework is based around medical and healthcare English and concentrates on all the elements needed to successfully pass the Functional skills exam.

Students will be able to:

    • Use appropriate vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling in written texts.
    • Identify different texts and read for gist and specific information.
    • Talk about familiar and unfamiliar topics, ask questions, give and clarify information.

Bolt-on Packages

English for Healthcare can also be supported by our open access Functional Skills Masterclass. This bolt-on package gives candidates a detailed breakdown of this qualification and the techniques and strategies to help pass the exam.

English for Healthcare


A bespoke 60 hour course delivered over 2.5 weeks. Our in-house course includes:

    • Level placement test.
    • Healthcare based resources, materials and activities specific to work environment (care home, nursing home, hospital).
    • Introduction to the three sub-tests, marking criteria and pass level requirements.
    • Analysis of each test and the main features of the reading, writing, speaking and listening tests.
    • Review of common question types.
    • Strategies and techniques to approach a variety of question types.
    • Practise materials for each test.
    • Full practice exam under exam conditions and report on individual revision needs.
    • Exam preparation pack.
    • Functional Skills Exam enrolment.

Pricing is bespoke

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English for Healthcare Open Access Course


A 60 hour open access course delivered over 2.5 weeks. Our intensive Functional Skills preparation course includes:

    • Introduction to the three sub-tests, marking criteria and pass level requirements.
    • Analysis of each test and the main features of the reading, writing, speaking and listening tests.
    • Review of common question types.
    • Strategies and techniques to approach a variety of question types.
    • Practise materials for each test.
    • Healthcare based resources, materials and activities specific to work environment (care home, nursing home, hospital).
    • Exam preparation pack.

£500.00 per student

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Functional Skills Masterclass


A four day open access course which prepares the candidate for the exam. 

    • Introduction to the three sub-tests, marking criteria and pass level requirements.
    • Analysis of each skill and the main features of the reading, writing, speaking and listening tests.
    • Breakdown of exam structure and detailed review of question types and features of each test.
    • Familiarisation with exam strategies and techniques to approach different question types.
    • In-depth analysis of Functional Skills pass level grammar and vocabulary.
    • Exam preparation pack.

£250.00 per student

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