Booking your NMC Test of Competence

The OSCE is designed to assess your ability to competently apply your professional nursing or midwifery skills and knowledge in the UK.

The examination is testing your ability to apply knowledge to the care of service users 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.


The NMC will notify you of your eligibility to take Part two (OSCE).

In order to qualify for Part two you must have successfully completed Part one and have provided the NMC with the correct documents.

If you are unsure of your eligibility for the OSCE examination, please contact the NMC for further guidance.

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

Candidates need to ensure they have read and understand our summary of regulations

Cost of the OSCE

Part two of the test costs £992.00, this is non-refundable in the event of cancellation.

Booking your OSCE

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.

Once you have been informed by the NMC that you are approved to take Part two of the test, please contact us to arrange a booking by completing the online enquiry form.

Rearranging your test date

Candidates wishing to rearrange their test date are required to notify the University.

A minimum of three weeks’ notice from the original booked test date is required. 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.