NMC Test of Competence

Booking & Cost

  • 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.

  • Eligibility

    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. If you are unsure of your eligibility for the Test of Competence please  contact the NMC for further advice.

    Please do not submit a payment without receiving eligibility notice from the NMC – payments are non-refundable. Oxford Brookes University will only provide dates of tests for those eligible according to the NMC

    Candidates need to ensure they have read and understand our summary of regulations. These Regulations are available to download.

  • Booking your test

    The university has the capacity to accommodate approximately 2000 candidates (OSCEs) in a year with the centre aiming to have sessions five days a week, two sessions at our Swindon campus and three session at our Marston Road campus.

    Independent candidates

    Once you have been informed by the NMC that you are approved to take Part 2 of the test, please contact us at ctc@brookes.ac.uk to book and pay for your test date.

    Trusts and Agencies

    Dates are booked quite far in advance, so we would strongly advise that you get in touch as soon as possible to book your cohorts in. Please contact us at trustbookings@brokoes.ac.uk to book or enquire. 

  • Cost of the test

    Part 2 of the test costs £794.00. The cost of the OSCE (Part 2) is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. Candidates wishing to rearrange their test date are required to notify the University by emailing  ctc@brookes.ac.uk with a minimum of three weeks notice of the original booked test date. Should the University be informed after this time, candidates will be required to rebook a new test date with a full payment.

    For further information please see our  refund, cancellation and substitution policy which can be downloaded from the right toolbar at the top of the page.