Frequently Asked Questions

  • We have put together the answers to some frequently asked questions about the Oxford Brookes University's processes and about the Test of Competence.
  • To understand the process of Part 2 and detailed timescales please refer to the candidate journey documentthat is available to download.
    You can only begin the OSCE stage of the Overseas registration process once you have received a decision letter from the NMC which will then enable you to contact us. The NMC will inform us of a candidate’s eligibility to take the OSCE. We are only able to book candidates who have received this letter.
    Once the candidate enters our process they will receive a link and password to pay, following this a link to our online booking service will be sent. The candidate chooses a date for the test which best suits them. They will have access to all our online resources following payment.

    The test centre is able to run OSCE’s 3 days a week, two days at our Swindon Campus and one day at our Marston Road Campus.  The University currently has the capacity to run approximately 2000 individual tests per year. Dates are available throughout the year and can be accessed to book via our secure examination booking system.

    Test date – definitions:

    Open – test date is open and has availability to book

    Full – test date is fully booked

    Closed – Date reserved for pre arranged trust or agency bookings

    Please note, test dates are closed 14 days in advance to allow sufficient time for candidates to prepare

    All information is available to you in our internal learning platform once you have booked and paid for your test. For additional information on the OSCE, you can download the ‘Taking the OSCE guide‘.
    The test costs £992.
    A part resit will cost £496 and a full resit will cost £992. Please refer to the ‘Taking the OSCE guide’ for further information on resits.
    For questions regarding the test day, reading materials and equipment used please see the ‘Taking the OSCE guide’. This is all the information we are able to provide in relation to the actual test in order to protect its integrity.