NMC Test of Competence

About the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

  • The OSCE is designed to assess your ability to competently apply your professional nursing or midwifery skills and knowledge in the UK. It is set at the level expected of nurses and midwives as they enter the profession (at the point of registration). This means you must show that you are capable of applying knowledge to the care of patients at the level expected of a newly registered nurse or midwife.

    The examination is testing your ability to apply knowledge to the care of patients rather than how well you can remember and recite facts. All the scenarios and any questions relate to current best practice and you should answer them in relation to published evidence and not according to local arrangements.

  • Oxford Brookes

    Oxford Brookes University provides Part 2 of the NMC’s Test of Competence on campuses in Swindon and Oxford.

    To understand our processes please refer to the candidate journey document that is available to download.

    We have developed a candidate handbook to help you prepare for your exam. This can be found in the downloads section to your right.

    Below is a link to a short video of a candidates journey.

  • Applying for the Test of Competence OSCE.

    If a candidate has a Candidate number beginning with 'C' then they must only sit the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) after successfully completing the Computer Based Test (CBT). If a candidate has a PRN number beginning with '10...', they may sit the CBT and OSCE in any order, however most do complete the CBT first.

    The Test of Competence is delivered across two campuses at Oxford Brookes University; Swindon and Oxford. Oxford currently runs Monday-Friday, and Swindon Monday-Wednesday.

    Please ensure that you have secured an exam date prior to making any travel arrangements to avoid disappointment. We cannot guarantee a preferred date but will be able to give options. Please contact ctc@brookes.ac.uk for all booking enquiries.

    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 UK pre-registration standards and these standards are available on the NMC’s web site.

    Please see the Booking your test section on how to book your test.

    We ask that candidates requiring any reasonable adjustments made notify the test centre by emailing ctc@brookes.ac.uk when booking their OSCE.