FAQ

1. Stay calm, nerves can interfere with your recall and overall performance.

2. Read, read and read again the paperwork for the stations and make sure you understand fully what is expected of you during the assessment.

3. Practice, practice, practice. This is the only way to ensure you have sufficient confidence and knowledge, when approaching the exam.

Candidate successfully passes CBT (Part 1) Applicant received results within 48 hours from the NMC.

Candidate completes online application for UK registration (applicant dependant).

Once all required documents have been received, the NMC assess the application target is 30 days (maximum 70 days).

Then the application is approved (If the application is not approved – please refer to NMC process on their site).

Candidate receives confirmation from the NMC to progress the Test of Competence process. Candidate to email Competence Test Centre at any of the three universities for booking link for available dates. 

Eventbrite links sent to candidate to book date & pay for test. Time slots will be opened as follows: 10.30am; 11.45am; and 1.00pm 

Once Eventbrite receipt received in CTC inbox it’s booked.

Applicants or employers contact the centre directly to book and pay for the OSCE. 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. The OSCE contains nursing or midwifery scenarios along with separate skill stations. Each separate clinical examination is known a ‘station’, and candidates will circulate through all the stations, within a set time. 

The OSCE is based on UK pre-registration standards, you can familiarise yourself with the blueprints for OSCE, on the NMC official website. 

The 20 criterion is mapped against the NMC standards for Pre-Registration Education 2010 and the NMC Code 2015. The skills assessments are also mapped against the Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Procedures (9th Edition). 

The above will help with the theory of standards and attitudes expected, but for the contents of the OSCE, you need robust and verifies training like ours. 

By using our trusted online learning platform, used by many NHS Trust and private hospitals and care home groups, you will be very used to all the steps and challenges of the exam. 

On completion of the online training you will be able to not only visualise how the OSCE works, and is marked and modulated, but also start practicing it. You will see any areas you need to work on, and can reach out to our trainers, for further support or insights.

By watching the videos, listening to the audios, reading the text and completing the quizzes – you can learn the APIE and clinical skills steps, in a unique way created to maximise your learning and experience. You will be able to refer back to course until the day of the exam. 

You can send demonstrations via recording and we can assess them, and receive professional, constructive feedback. 

Our research shows that is the only way to prepare effectively in advance for your classroom training, that is 100% effective and correct. There is no course comparable to it available anywhere in the world and with a team working on it, it will remain at the forefront, without being overly expensive. 

Working closely with the NHS, we know that employers are now expecting nurses to arrive into the UK “OSCE ready”. If you enrol for the online training, as soon as you have achieved CBT, you will be far ahead of those without this fantastic resource. Not only can it improve your chances at interview of securing your chosen job, it means you can arrive in the country and have time to settle into your new environment and job, without worrying about the OSCE initially. 

Unfortunately, many OSCE teaching articles, videos even official university documents and website materials, are out-dated and misleading. Viewer beware of OSCE YouTube videos, some don’t follow the criteria - as the OSCE is in fact an ever-evolving entity and many trainers are not up-to-date with these changes, as they are very part-time trainers.

You can only begin the OSCE stage of the Overseas registration process once you have received a decision letter from the NMC, then you can contact the university of choice to book the test. The NMC will inform the universities of a candidate’s eligibility to take the OSCE. 

Usually your employer will book your test for you, if you are applying independently you can         contact the CTC of choice via email. The three test centres are; University of Northampton, Oxford Brookes University (Oxford campus and Swindon campus) and Ulster University (Northern Ireland).

What is expected of me on the test day?

You will complete 6 OSCE “stations”, where you will act out certain scenarios you are asked to demonstrate or complete a written task, within a set amount of time.

The scenarios reflect typical situations that nurses, or midwives are likely to encounter when assessing, planning, delivering and evaluating care in their everyday practice. This is known as APIE, Assessment, Planning, Implementation and Evaluation, where you are given a case study of a patient in the community or hospital environment. 

You will use the Roper-Logan-Tierney Model for Nursing, which is a theory of nursing care, based on assessing the patient’s relative independence, and potential for independence in their Activities of Daily Living. 

You will also be tested on any 2 of 10 clinical skills: ANTT (aseptic non-touch technique), IM (intramuscular injection), SC (subcutaneous injection), BLS (Basic Life Support), PEFR (Peak Expiratory Flow Rate), AIM (Administration of Inhaled Medication), CSU (Catheter Sample of Urine), ROC (Removal of Urinary Catheter), MSU (Midstream Urine) and Fluid Balance chart, the procedures should follow The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures, 9th Edition. All skills must be completed within a set amount of time between 8 and 15 minutes, depending on the skill. 

All six stations have a standardised marking criteria against them, all candidates are assessed against this. There are a panel of examiners, although just one will assess you on the day. Everything will be filmed for assessment and quality assurance purposes. All candidates must demonstrate competence through safe and effective practice throughout

Although all 6 stations are only between 8 and 15 minutes each, you will be at the test centre for around 5 hours. Your documents must be processed by the administrator, and you will need to read and sign declaration forms, a picture will be taken of you, to avoid identity fraud.

Do not bring family or friends with you to the test centre, as there is nowhere for them to wait when they arrive.

The test costs £794

The candidate will be emailed the results within 3-5 working days of sitting the OSCE. You are not allowed to ask the examiners or competence test centre staff of your result on the day, they will not be able to release any results directly to candidates.

Failing up to four stations, means the resit will be charged at 50% cost; £397. If five or six stations are failed, the resit will be charged at 100% cost; £794. 

A minimum of 10 working days is required by the NMC, between the initial attempt and the first resit. If unsuccessful at the second sitting, candidates are also required to wait 10 working days, before taking the exam for the third time. 

However, if an appeal is made, the investigation will delay things and have to be completed before a resit can be booked, if the appeal is not upheld. 

If a candidate fails their second re-sit, their NMC application will close. A new application to the NMC will need to be submitted and they will not be allowed to sit the exam again for a minimum of six months. If an applicant would like to begin a new application ahead of the six months OSCE exclusion period, they can do so.

Applicants starting a new application must contact the NMC overseas enquiries email, to confirm CBT and IELTS/OET validity, and will be informed of the next steps