OSCE Information for Trusts & Agencies

Information for NHS Trusts and agencies on how to prepare your candidates, costs of the test and how to book.

The information on this page will provide important information on preparing your candidates and how to book if you are a NHS Trust or Agency.

NHS Trust and Agency dedicated test days

The Test Centre is able to run OSCEs up to five days a week.

Whilst we appreciate there may be internal demands within your Trusts, such as training, we request that all Trusts contact us as soon as possible if they have candidates who need to take the OSCE within a restricted time period.

Whilst we will do everything we can, we cannot guarantee that your candidates will be assessed on or by certain days or dates.

To formally request a dedicated test day for your Trust please complete the online enquiry form.

We will try to accommodate your request for specific dates. Failing this, we will provide you with reasonable alternatives.

We are only able to hold/reserve a test day for a maximum period of five days.

Groups Bookings

We cater for group and block bookings from NHS Trusts and Agencies.

It can take up to ten days to confirm a group booking

Booking process

Once your candidate has received confirmation from the NMC they are eligible to sit the Test of Competence

  1. The candidate can contact us individually to arrange payment and book a place on an individual test day
  2. You can confirm your candidates to us and make a payment by contacting ctc@ulster.ac.uk

Once booked, candidates will receive details on how to access preparation materials will provide them with all the information they will need to prepare themselves for the examination.

Please note that we strongly recommend at least 14 days access to the online material in order to help candidates prepare sufficiently for the exam.

Examination process

The OSCE examination consists of assessing the patient journey and assessment of skills. Candidates are in the test centre for approximately three hours.

An identification (ID) check will be conducted on-site by the NMC ID checker during your OSCE where all the candidate’s original documents submitted as part of the application process to the NMC will be verified.

Please see the NMC website for further details.

Cost of the examination

The OSCE test costs £794. (Effective from 1st April 2019)

Should your candidate need to re-sit, the costs are as outlined below..

*Please allow ten days between original test date and re-sit to allow for additional preparation and action on feedback.

Costs

Test

Description

Costs

OSCE

Full OSCE application £794

Legacy ToC 2014

Partial Resit Fail (1 - 4 stations)

For candidates who failed up to four stations across both the APIE / skill stations:
Outcome: 'Partial Fail' and will require a partial resit at 50% cost. which is equal to£397.

Full Resit (5-6 stations)

For candidates who failed five or more stations across both the APIE and skill stations:
Outcome: 'Full Fail' and will require Full Resit at full cost. which is equal to £794.


Resit Information:
Under the new changes, from 16 July 2018,  test centres will only require applicants to re-sit the parts of the OSCE assessment they failed and will not need to re-sit parts of the exam they have previously passed.  
If you need to resit any of the APIE station(s) you will be given the same APIE paperwork. as your first test.
For more information please contact us directly.£397 £794

£397

Legacy ToC 2014

Full Resit (5-6 stations)

For candidates who failed five or more stations across both the APIE and skill stations:
Outcome: 'Full Fail' and will require Full Resit at full cost. which is equal to £794.


Resit Information:
Under the new changes, from 16 July 2018,  test centres will only require applicants to re-sit the parts of the OSCE assessment they failed and will not need to re-sit parts of the exam they have previously passed.  
If you need to resit any of the APIE station(s) you will be given the same APIE paperwork. as your first test.
For more information please contact us directly.£397 £794

£794
ToC 2021

1st Attempt Fail (1-7 Stations)

For candidates who failed up to 7 stations across both the APIE/skill stations.

You will  require a resit at 50% cost which is equal to £397.

£397
ToC 2021

1st Attempt Fail (8-10 Stations) 

For candidates who failed 8 - 10 stations across both the APIE/skill stations.

You will require a resit at full cost which is equal to £794.

You will need to sit only the APIE station(s) that you failed. You will be given your original paperwork from the APIE stations that you passed (where applicable), in order to complete the resit station(s). You will require 10 days to elapse before booking your 2nd attempt.

£794

2nd Resit

Costs are as 1st Resit.
Candidates must wait 10 days before sitting the 2nd Resit.

Should a candidate fail the 2nd resit then a new OSCE application is required.
Candidates must wait six months before sitting the new OSCE.

The new application will be charged at full cost.

 

Cancellation Policy

NHS Trusts and Agencies can change their candidates’ examination dates.

Should you wish to cancel or reschedule your candidate examination please contact us.

Methods of payment

We accept all methods of payment, either via payment card (except AMEX), or invoice (with a purchase order number if applicable).

Payment via invoice is expected within 28 days.

Once we have received the purchase order number (if applicable), or you have received the invoice (once confirming your booking to us via email) we can process your candidates.

When making a payment you need to include the following information:

  • Name of organisation;
  • Appropriate contact name and contact details;
  • Registered address;
  • Purchase order number (if applicable);
  • Names of candidates and candidate ID numbers.