Pre-OSCE checklist - What you will need

Document checklist

Don't forget you will need to bring the originals of the following documents with you when you come:

  • Valid passport.

  • Where applicable, name change documents e.g. marriage certificate, deed of name change, affidavit. 
  • DBS certificate if you have resided in the UK for a period of 3 months or longer over the age of 18. 
  • Original police certificates from all the countries that you have resided or practised in for a period of 12 months or more during the last 10 years (over the age of 18).
  • Diploma or degree certificate.
  • Where applicable, original registration or license card.
  • You will need to provide a police clearance from each overseas country you have lived in for 12 months or more (in total, not necessarily consecutive) in the last ten years. These documents must have been issued after you left each country, otherwise we may ask you to get a more recent version when we assess your application. Your police clearance from the country you’re residing in at the time of your application should be issued no more than 12 months before the date you’re uploading it to your registration application. These documents may take some time to be issued depending on the local authorities responsible for issuing them, so you should make sure you understand how to obtain them and how long they may take to arrive. GOV.UK has published a helpful guide on how to obtain overseas police clearances, which may assist you with your application.

For any queries about the ID documents please contact the Nursing Midwifery Council by emailing

Please note - this is for applicants trained outside the European Union and European Economic Area only. If you're on the return to practice pathway, an ID check is not applicable.

What to wear

(Uniforms will be provided by the Onboarding Team)


Please dress as you would in clinical practice. In the UK this is normally a clinical dress, tunic or polo shirt with smart trousers or scrubs. You must not wear jeans or shorts. Nurses and midwives in the UK frequently wear dark plain trousers and plain polo shirts/tunics and where possible candidates should be dressed in a similar manner. Candidates who wish to wear alternatives, for example, because of cultural or maternity requirements, should discuss this with the competence test centre before arriving for the OSCE.  


Must be plain flat black, rubber-soled, enclosing the whole foot and not made of porous or absorbent material. (MUST SUPPLY OWN FOOTWEAR)


Must be kept short, unvarnished with no extensions or decoration. 


Must be tied up off the face and secured with simple hair ties/bobbles above the collar of your tunic or polo shirt. Hair should be of a natural shade and style. Facial hair should be kept clean trimmed and tidy.  


Should you wear a head veil/turban, please ensure it is appropriate in colour (plain black or navy), and it must be tucked into the collar of your tunic or polo shirt. 


Plain “ball” ear studs are allowed to be worn (maximum of one per ear). No tongue piercings should be worn. A single plain band wedding/commitment ring is allowed. You must be bare beneath the elbow; no bracelets or wristwatches are to be worn. 


Must be kept to a minimum and be discreet and natural.  


Flesh coloured/black tights or dark blue/black socks with trousers.

On the day

When you arrive at the test centre follow the signs to the waiting area for candidates.  In there you will find important information and copies of the assessment documents that are used in the OSCE that you can familiarise yourself with while you wait.  There will be a list showing you what time you need to make your way to the test reception.

 At the reception, you will be able to store small items such as a rucksack in a locker for the duration of your OSCE (we do not have secure storage for larger items such as suitcases). You will need to show your passport to verify your ID and have your photograph taken.  All your ID documents will be placed in a plastic wallet to be checked while you do your examination and returned to you when you have finished. 

 You will be given the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the electronic BNF that you will have available for you in the OSCE. Your examiner will collect you from reception at the time of your OSCE and take you to the examination room. 

NB: This information is taken from the current guidelines for OSCE examinations; however we always recommend that you visit the Moodle website to check for any changes.

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