Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) Test of Competence – Introductory Information for Candidates

Welcome to The University of Northampton’s introductory page for the Test of Competence for nurses and midwives seeking registration with the NMC.

The University of Northampton provides Part 2 of the NMC’s Test of Competence within a designated test centre at Park Campus in Northampton.

To understand our processes please refer to the candidate journey document that is available to download.

We have become aware that some organisations and consultancies are offering OSCE preparation training sessions for candidates for Part 2 of the Test of Competence.

Please be aware that by attending these courses you do so at your own risk, these training sessions are NOT endorsed or approved by either the University of Northampton or the NMC and could prepare you inaccurately for the exam.

We have developed a guide book to help you prepare for your exam. This can be found in the downloads section to your right.

About The Test of Competence

OSCE Scenario and Skills refresh coming January 2017.

The NMC will notify you of your eligibility to take Part 2 (OSCE). In order to qualify for Part 2 you must have successfully completed Part 1 and have provided the NMC with the correct documents. If you are unsure of your eligibility for the Test of Competence please contact the NMC for further advice.

Please do not submit a payment without receiving eligibility notice from the NMC – payments are non-refundable. The University of Northampton will only provide dates of tests for those eligible according to the NMC.

Candidates need to ensure they have read and understand our summary of regulations. These Regulations are available to download.

Applying for Part 2 (the OSCE)

Part 2 is a nursing or midwifery Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) . The OSCE can only be sat after successfully passing Part 1 and only the NMC can authorise a candidate to take Part 2 after successfully passing the assessment stage.

Please note that the Competency Test Centre has selected dates available for all OSCE’s, but are limited in number for Child, Learning Disability and Mental Health Nursing and also Midwifery. Please ensure that you have secured an exam date prior to making any travel arrangements to avoid disappointment. We cannot guarantee a preferred date but will be able to give options. Please contact ctc@northampton.ac.uk for all booking and pre-booking enquiries.

The OSCE will simulate a clinical environment and “patient” scenarios which Registered Nurses and Midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, implement and evaluate care. Candidates are expected to utilise a contemporary evidence base and effectively demonstrate safe practical application of nursing and midwifery skills. The Test of Competence is blueprinted against the current UK pre-registration standards and these standards are available on the NMC’s website.

In order to be eligible for Part 2 (OSCE) candidates must have passed Part 1 and have submitted their documents to the NMC. The NMC are responsible for authorising all candidates. Once you have been authorised please see the Booking your test section on how to book your test.

We ask that candidates with a disability requiring a reasonable adjustment notify the test centre by emailing ctc@northampton.ac.uk when booking their OSCE.

How to prepare for your OSCE

On your right you will see a range of downloads which will aid and support your OSCE preparation. The downloads that will support your preparation are:
How to prepare for the OSCE’ and the ‘Taking your OSCE’/‘Candidate handbook’. We highly recommend you take the time to read these.

Support available

It is essential that candidates prepare for the test of competence and we recommend at least 14 days preparation time from booking to test date to sufficiently prepare yourself. The test blue print on the NMC’s web site offers some useful links to online resources which may be helpful.  On successful application and fee payment to The University of Northampton you will receive access to additional resources relevant to the test, i.e. manuals, videos and recommended reading.

Booking your test

The university has the capacity to accommodate approximately 4000 candidates (OSCE’s) in a year with the centre aiming to have sessions five days a week when demand for placements increases.

Individual candidates:
Once you have been informed by the NMC that you are approved to take Part 2 of the test, please contact us at ctc@northampton.ac.uk or call 01604 892066 to book and pay for your test date.

Cost of the test

Part 2 of the test costs £992.00. The cost of the OSCE (Part 2) is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. Candidates wishing to rearrange their test date are required to notify the University by emailing ctc@northampton.ac.uk with a minimum of three days notice of the original booked test date. Should the University be informed after this time, candidates will be required to rebook a new test date with a full payment.

For further information please see our refund, cancellation and substitution policy which can be downloaded from the right toolbar at the top of the page.

Trusts and Agencies

We have a wide range of dates available and do offer bespoke test days for you to cater for a minimum of six candidates. For further information please see our Trusts and Agencies page.

Test Centre location

The purpose built Test Centre is based at The University of Northampton, Park Campus. Please see our travel and parking page for details of how to locate The University by bus, train and road.

Available accommodation for candidates
Candidates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation; however there is accommodation close to the test centre: