Introductory Information for Candidates

We provide Part two of the NMC’s Test of Competence for nurses and midwives seeking registration with the NMC. We have a designated test centre at our Innovation Centre, located directly opposite Northampton Train Station.

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

We are aware that some organisations and consultancies are offering OSCE preparation training sessions for candidates for Part two of the Test of Competence. Please be aware that by attending these courses you do so at your own discretion. 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 downloadable guide book to help you prepare for your exam.

Test Centre location

The purpose built Test Centre is located at:

The University of Northampton Innovation Centre
Green Street
Get directions to the Test Centre

Available accommodation for candidates

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

About The Test of Competence

OSCE Scenario and Skills refresh coming January 2017.

The NMC will notify you of your eligibility to take Part two (OSCE). In order to qualify for Part two you must have successfully completed Part one and will need to provide 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.

Please ensure that you have read and understood our summary of regulations before taking the test.

Applying for Part two (the OSCE)

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

Please note that the 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. We cannot guarantee a preferred date but will be able to give alternative options where possible. Please contact 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 two (OSCE) candidates must have passed Part one 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 when booking their OSCE.

How to prepare for your OSCE

We have a range of downloads available that will aid and support your OSCE preparation. We highly recommend that you take the time to read our Preparing for your OSCE examination document and the Candidate Information Booklet document

Support available

It is essential that candidates prepare for the test of competence and we recommend at least 14 days preparation time from the booking of your test date to the actual test to sufficiently prepare yourself. The test blueprint on the NMC’s website 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 such as manuals, videos and recommended reading.

Booking your test

The University has the capacity to accommodate approximately 4,000 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 two of the test, please contact us at or call 01604 892066 to book and pay for your test date.

Cost of the test

Part two of the test costs £992. The cost of the OSCE (Part two) is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. Candidates who wish to rearrange their test date are required to notify the University by emailing 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 is available to download.

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.