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About BCOM

BCOM has an international reputation for academic and research excellence

About BCOM

The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is internationally regarded as a leading specialist osteopathic education institution. BCOM was one of the first educational establishments to be accredited and meet the quality standards set by the profession’s governing body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).

The college was established in 1936 by Stanley Lief, the renowned naturopathic osteopath who founded the Champneys spa. Over the years the college has become a sector leading institution in osteopathic teaching and research.

BCOM was the first UK Osteopathic Education Institution (OEI) to successfully validate and offer an osteopathic honours degree, and has achieved Recognised Qualification (RQ) status ‘approval without conditions’ by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), in the renewal of recognition review for quality in Higher Education for the last three consecutive reviews.

BCOM’s well established osteopathic teaching clinic offers approximately 20,000 patient appointments each year. BCOM clinical students see on average 20% more than the recommended 50 new patients and our NHS contract allows our clinical students to see an array of patients and conditions. BCOM has a unique naturopathic approach to osteopathy focusing on more than diagnosing and treating the structural and mechanical problems of the body. BCOM’s ethos on treating patients encompasses looking at diet, lifestyle and mental well-being to restore the state of balance within the total bodily function.

 

  • BCOM GOsC and QAA Review Success 
    • The college has been awarded Recognised Qualification (RQ) status ‘approval without conditions’ by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), in the renewal of recognition review for quality in Higher Education for the last  three consecutive reviews.

      Report Summary

      • The College was praised for the early exposure of students to scholarly activity highlighting BCOM’s commitment to developing a progressive research culture that enhances the students learning.
      • Students are provided with wide ranging and effective mechanisms of formal and informal academic and pastoral support, well matched to their individual learning needs.
      • BCOM’s research facilities, with extensive resources and dedicated staff, are widely accessed by students to inform their learning and osteopathic practice.
      • The long-established clinic attracts a high volume and wide diversity of patients, allowing students to see a significant number of new patients, thus enhancing their professional clinical experience.
      • Effective encouragement of peer support between students in all facets of the college is widely appreciated by students, who value the community of learning that is engendered at BCOM.

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