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.


    The competence test centre at Oxford Brookes University hope you and your families are staying safe and well during this difficult time. We recognise one of the current challenges is to expand the workforce, and we are continuing to work closely with the NMC and other competence test centres in order to support this.

    We would like to reassure you that we will contact all pending or postponed candidates and organisation representatives when we have any reopening news.

    We understand as healthcare professionals, you may be feeling anxious about the impact COVID-19 may have on the test of competence. At the competence test centre we are adhering to public health and government guidelines. We will be putting plans in place to ensure that staff and candidates receive the right advice, care and support.

    In the meantime, the academic and administration team remain operational and are available via the team inboxes for any questions and queries you may have.

    All our materials for booked candidates and organisations that have 'live' candidates are still accessible on Moodle, our learning platform. In addition, the preparation materials can be found on the support and preparing for OSCE page.

    Best wishes,

    Competence Test Centre team at Oxford Brookes University

  • 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.