We cater for group and block bookings from Trusts and Agencies for a minimum of six candidates per day. Whilst we appreciate there may be internal demands within your Trusts, we request that all Trust’s contact us as soon as possible if they have candidates they wish to sit the exam within a certain time period. We cannot guarantee that your candidates will be assessed on or by certain days. To formally request this please complete the downloadable form on this page and send it to ctc@northampton.ac.uk.

Please note that it can take up to ten days to confirm a group booking.

We will try to accommodate your request for specific dates, but if we are unable to provide the exact requested date we will endeavour to provide you with reasonable alternatives. We are only able to hold/reserve a test day for a maximum period of five days. We will confirm your test date once full payment has been received.

Booking Process

Once your candidate has received their decision letter from the NMC to move on to Part 2, you can contact us to book in the following ways:.

  1. You can contact us individually to arrange payment and book a place on an individual test day.
  2. You can confirm your candidates to us and make a payment.

Candidates will receive individual, password protected access to our internal learning platform which will provide them with all the information they will need to prepare themselves for the examination.

Please note that we strongly recommend at least 14 days access to the online material in order to help candidates prepare sufficiently for the exam.

Exam process

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.

Cost of test

The test costs £992.

Should your candidate need to re-sit* a partial re-sit will cost £496 or a full re-sit will cost £992.

* A partial re-sit will be required if you fail either the skills or nursing journey stations. A full re-sit will be required if you failed all six stations

Should you need to book a re-sit please allow ten days between original test date and re-sit to allow for additional preparation and digestion of feedback. Please contact ctc@northampton.ac.uk to book.

Trusts and agencies can change their candidate’s exam dates, however it is important to note our cancellation and rescheduling policy and take into account those timescales. Should you wish to cancel or reschedule your candidate exam please contact trustbookings@northampton.ac.uk.

Methods of payment

We cater for all methods of payment, either via payment card (except AMEX), or invoice (with a purchase order number if applicable).

Payment via invoice is expected within 28 days, however, once we have received the purchase order number (if applicable), or you have received the invoice (once confirming your booking to us via email) we can process your candidates.

When making a payment please note we will need the following information sent to ctc@northampton.ac.uk:

  • Name of organisation
  • Best contact name and contact details
  • Registered address
  • Purchase order Number (if applicable)
  • Names of candidates and candidate ID numbers

Support for you

We are offering Train the Trainer sessions to NHS Trusts and Agencies only. This one-day course held at the The University of Northampton Innovation Centre will enable you to understand how the test is administered, and the assessment criteria, assisting you in preparing your candidates for the OSCE examination.

To find out more about the sessions please email stacey.brown@northampton.ac.uk.


“Myself, and two colleagues left brimming with enthusiasm and today I have re-designed the education pathway for our Filipino nurses.

The two-day course answered all the questions we had about what to expect from a candidate point of view and as an educator planning course content. The facilities were great and Alison made us feel very much included throughout the two days. I feel that this opportunity has given us a great connection with you all. I am so glad that we did this course.”

V Wilding, Practice Development Sister, Royal Surrey County Hospital