NMC Test of Competence

  • NMC Test of Competence

  • Welcome to Oxford Brookes University's introductory page for the Test of Competence for nurses and midwives seeking registration with the NMC. 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.

    Covid-19 Update: 26 July 2021


    Actors will be returning to the OSCE exam from 02 August 2021 for all scenarios. Therefore the patient's temperature, pulse, blood pressure and respiration will be taken physically as pre-Covid19. There will no longer be a flashcard used in the Assessment and/or Physiological observation stations.

    The timings of the stations will revert back to the original 15 minutes.

    In addition to this, to manage safety and risk, Actors will be wearing PPE throughout the exam, and candidates will need to wear full level 1 PPE - mask, apron and gloves.

    Please note: Candidates who sat their exam before the 2nd August and are due to resit the assessment station, will undertake the resit under the same conditions as their first attempt.

    In-Hospital Resuscitation (IHR) station returning

    The Adult Nursing In-Hospital Resuscitation (IHR) station will be returning from 02 August 2021. You will not be required to undertake any ventilations, but will be expected to verbalise what you would do instead.

    The timing of this station will revert back to the original 8 minutes.

  • 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 Oxford Brookes University or the NMC and could prepare you inaccurately for the exam.


    My examiner and the staff were very professional and this made me feel at ease during the whole OSCE experience.

    The approach of the OSCE team was well organised, professional and supportive.

    The method of conducting the exam was excellent.

    Staff are helpful and polite, they do their best to help the candidates.

    The coordination of the team, the atmosphere, how we are able to talk with the examiners with ease, support from staff at the centre made me comfortable and I was free of anxiety.

    Conducive and warm waiting area in the canteen, relaxed environment throughout the exam.

    The respect given to me and clear explanation of every station.

    The orientation part to each scenario was very thorough and calm, supportive demeanour of the amicable examiners made it easier for me to feel at ease with what I was doing.