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About the Test

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.

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.

The OSCE examination consists of six stations (two assessing skills and four assessing the patient journey). Further information on the test can be found on the test homepage.

Following the test, an Identification Check will be conducted by the NMC on-site where all original documents submitted as part of the application process to the NMC will be verified. Please see the NMC website for further details. Candidates are in the test centre for approximately three hours.

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.

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

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.

Available accommodation for candidates

Candidates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however there is accommodation close to the test centre. For further information see the hotels available in Northampton.

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