OSCE Regulations

Information on the BSCCP OSCE examination regulationsThe examination will be held twice per year in Birmingham. Candidates are expected to pass the OSCE within two years from the date of the completion of practical training.

The timing and venue for the OSCE

The examination will be held twice per year in Birmingham.
Candidates are expected to pass the OSCE within two years from the date of the completion of practical training.

Requirements

• Completed and submitted their electronic logbook.
• Completed a basic colposcopy course within 5 years and uploaded a copy of the attendance certificate.
• Attended both the required Histology and Cytology sessions and uploaded the completed 'Laboratory Attendance Form'
• Submitted form AC3 (satisfactory completion of training) signed by Trainer/Trainee
• Please do not send documents to the BSCCP by registered/recorded post as this will delay the application process.
• Be a fully paid-up member of the Society
Upon completion of ALL the above criteria, candidates will be contacted by the BSCCP secretariat to book an OSCE exam.  

On the day of the OSCE

The examination fee is £230 (or alternatively 270 Euro).  Examination fees are not refundable or transferable to candidates requesting to withdraw less than seven weeks prior to the examination date.

The examination will start on time. No concession will be granted to any candidate who, for whatever reason, does not attend the briefing session prior to the examination at the correct starting time.

All candidates are required to produce a form of identification when attending for the examination - i.e. Passport, Driving licence (if photocard type), Hospital ID pass.

Question papers, answer sheets and all examination materials shall remain the property of the BSCCP/RCOG at all times. No past papers will be made available to candidates.

Pass/Fail criteria

The standard setting for the examination uses the borderline group method.  The pass mark for each station is set by using examiners’ global score for the candidates’ performance at each manned station and a modified Angoff method for each written station. The sum of the individual station pass-marks is used to calculate the overall pass mark for each OSCE examination.  To pass the OSCE, the candidate must achieve a total mark greater than the overall pass mark and must pass at least two thirds of all the stations.

OSCE Appeals

Candidates who fail to achieve the standard set to achieve a pass in the OSCE will be sent a report on their performance against the overall performance of all the candidates in the OSCE with specific feedback from the OSCE Facilitator.
The decision of the OSCE Facilitator on the pass list is final. The judgment of the individual examiners marking each station cannot be appealed. The marking and standard-setting of the OSCE are subject to rigorous development and standardisation procedures. Post-OSCE, each station and the exam as a whole is tested for reliability and an exam report is submitted to the Certification and Training Committee for review. The final marks are only issued after due care and process to ensure the validity and reliability of the OSCE. Subsequent review by different examiners or by independent assessors cannot guarantee greater accuracy or reliability.