Final assessment - The OSCE

The final assessment takes the form of an OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination), where candidates show that they can apply optometric theory in a clinical setting. The OSCE consists of a series of five minute stations, where candidates carry out tasks based on the 75 GOC elements of competence.

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The OSCE consists of 16 short tasks, known as stations. These are organised into four different categories:

  • clinical examination and practical skills
  • communication
  • data Interpretation
  • history taking. 

Each station lasts for five minutes. There is also a five minute rest station.

All OSCE station content is drawn from, and linked to, the elements of competence from the work-based assessment. During the OSCE you may be tested on any of the 75 GOC elements of competence covered at Stage One and Stage Two. The examiners are looking for evidence that you understand the theory behind each element of competence and can apply it in a practical clinical setting.

OSCE application form

Complete this online form and book your place on an upcoming OSCE.

What the OSCE involves

Although the OSCE can initially seem daunting, the more you know what to expect, the more prepared you will feel. Use this information to familiarise yourself with what is involved.

What will the OSCE look like on the day?

At first sight, the OSCE can look a little strange. This information will give you an idea of what to expect when you arrive to sit the examination.

OSCE dates and locations

This section includes deadlines, dates and location information so you know when and where your examination will be taking place.

Preparing for the OSCE

Read through the information in this section and watch the videos of our Head of Examinations to kick start your revision for the final assessment.


Results for the OSCE are released two weeks after the examination. You will be alerted of your overall result online and receive a more detailed breakdown of your performance by post.

Do you have any further questions?