Resit requirements are changing for applicants sitting the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) from 16 July 2018. Under these new changes, test centres will only require applicants to re-sit the parts of the OSCE assessment they failed and will not need to re-sit parts of the exam they have previously passed.  For more information please contact your test centre directly. 

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.

Find out more about the Test of Competence

About the test

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How to apply for the Test

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Booking your Test

An example of a thigh wound as part of the NMC test

How to prepare for the Test

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Trusts and Agencies

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An NMC Candidate treating a mannequin

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

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