OSCE Date Booking – Ulster University

Ulster University offers the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) part 2 of the Nursing Midwifery Council’s Test of Competence for nurses and midwives. In order to qualify for Part 2, you must have successfully completed Part 1 and have provided the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) with the correct documents. The NMC will notify you of your eligibility to take Part 2 (OSCE) and provide you with a candidate number. 

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Individual Candidate Bookings

Once you register and you get the confirmation of your eligibility to complete the test:

  • you will get a link to the online booking service and a password for making payment.
  • you will be required to make payment by card at the point of booking.
  • you will then be prompted to choose a date for the test that is most convenient for you.
  • once you have paid you will gain access to all the online resources which you can use in addition to our materials.

Dates are available 5 days a week throughout the year and can be booked using the secure examination booking system.

The Ulster University system displays test dates as:

  • Open – test date is open and has the availability to book
  • Full – test date is fully booked
  • Closed – Date unavailable

Test dates are closed 14 days in advance to allow sufficient time for candidates to prepare.


The cost of the full/new OSCE application is £794. Ulster University accepts payment made online by credit card/visa debit for Part 2 of the NMC Test of Competence.  

This is non-refundable in the event of cancellation. Cancellation charges are applied in all cases. Cancellation charges depend on when the written cancellation notice is received to [email protected] (for individuals) or [email protected] (for NHS Trusts and agencies).

A full refund will be given only if more than three weeks’ notice is given of a cancellation or reschedule, see below for refund rates: 

  • Over three weeks of cancellation notice: full refund; 
  • Less than three weeks cancellation notice: no refund unless in exceptional circumstances, for which a medical certificate may be requested. 
  • No refund will be given for non-attendance or if no prior notice of cancellation is given (within the stated time above). 

Alternatively, a substitute candidate can be named within 14 days of the test date. This is to allow them enough time to access Blackboard Learn. There will be no extra surcharge for making a substitution. 

Reschedule your test date

Candidates wishing to reschedule their test date must contact the Competence Test Centre.

A minimum of three weeks’ notice from the original booked test date is required. Should the Competence Test Centre be informed after this time, candidates will be required to re-book a new test date with full payment.


You must allow ten days between the original test date and re-sit to allow for additional preparation and action on feedback.

A partial resit will cost £397 and a full resit will cost £794. 

Partial Resit Fail 1-4 stations

  • For candidates who failed up to four stations across both the APIE / skill stations.
  • The cost is £397
  • 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 re-sit any of the APIE station(s) you will be given the same APIE paperwork as your first test.

Full Resit Fail 5-6 stations

  • For candidates who failed five or more stations across both the APIE and skill stations.
  • The cost is £794
  • 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 re-sit any of the APIE station(s) you will be given the same APIE paperwork as your first test.

2nd Resit

Costs are as of 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.

The OSCE Exam Process

When you arrive

  • The documents will be checked that you are required to bring.
  • Your photograph will be taken and stored in the database. Your photograph is stored so as to prove that you are the person who attended the exam in case of identity theft.
  • You will be asked to store your belongings in a small locker before moving to the waiting rooms.
  • Please avoid bringing bulky clothing.
  • Do not bring large suitcases to the assessment centre.
  • There is no storage space for anything other than for small handbags/rucksacks.
  • There is no room to allow friends or family, including children, to wait for you while you are taking the OSCE.
  • Once you have entered the competence test centre you will not be allowed to leave until the OSCE is finished.

Prior to your arrival at the Competence Test Centre please ensure you have completed the following:

  • Watched the online briefing video
  • Completed the Confidentiality agreement and Declaration
  • Completed the Health Declaration
  • Completed the NMC ID Document Form.  You are required to bring only the documents listed on this form.  These are used to complete your NMC ID verification check on the day of your OSCE.

Preparing for the OSCE

The OSCE is designed to assess your ability to competently apply your professional nursing or midwifery knowledge and skills in the UK. The level expected is that of a nurse or midwife as they enter the profession at the point of registration. This means that you must show that you are capable of applying knowledge to the care of service users at the level expected of a newly registered nurse or midwife.

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 scenarios and associated questions relate to current best practice and you should answer them in relation to published evidence and not according to local arrangements.

Please refer to our materials to make yourself capable to write OSCE.

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