We explain the OSCE test, what it is, how to find out more about it and when it will be conducted.
The second part of the test is the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). This will act out scenarios which nurses and midwives are likely to encounter when they assess, plan, carry out and evaluate care. Each separate clinical examination is known as a ‘station’ and candidates will visit all the stations within a set time.
Each of the six stations has standardised marking criteria against which all candidates are assessed. Candidates are assessed by a panel of examiners and will be filmed for quality assurance purposes.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate safe and effective practice. The test of competence is based on current UK pre-registration standards.
You can take the OSCE in the UK at one of our approved university test centres. When we authorise candidates to take the OSCE, they should contact the university directly.
Full details about the OSCE processes and links to relevant resources can be found on the approved universities’ website, please follow the links below for more information.
Applicants can sit both parts of the test of competence (CBT and OSCE) twice as part of one application.
If you are unsuccessful after your permitted attempts, your application will close. If you wish to re-apply, you will be required to wait a minimum of six months before you can sit the exam again. This period should provide any applicant with adequate time to address any shortfalls identified and carry out the appropriate revision or training.
Applicants sit the OSCE in the UK at one of our approved university test centres. Applicants contact the centre directly to book and pay for the OSCE.
The first OSCEs were taken in April 2015 with an average of 292 OSCEs being booked and delivered each month in the last quarter.
A total of 1647 applicants have passed the OSCE as of 31 October 2016.
Apr 2015 – Oct 2016: Grand total and monthly breakdown of last quarter
|OSCE sittings||Grand total||Last quarter|
|Pass rate||975 / 48 %||209 / 42 %||75 / 53 %||69 / 36 %||65 / 40 %|
|Pass rate||667 /74 %||256 / 69 %||82 / 74 %||68 / 66 %||106 / 68 %|
|Third sitting (second app)||Candidates||9||6||2||n/a||4|
|Pass rate||4 / 44 %||4 / 67 %||2 / 100 %||n/a||2 / 50 %|
|Fourth sitting (second app)||Candidates||3||3||1||2||n/a|
|Pass rate||1 / 33 %||1 / 33 %||1 / 100 %||0 / 0 %||n/a|
|Pass rate||1647 / 56 %||470 / 54 %||160 / 63 %||137 / 46 %||173 / 54 %|