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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 was the first to achieve a landmark “approval without conditions” QAA led RQ recognition from the General Osteopathic Council for two 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 General Osteopathic Council and Quality Assurance Agency review for quality in osteopathic education awarded BCOM Recognised Qualification status "approval without conditions" for two consecutive reviews - a sector leading achievement.

      Report Summary

      • Students were abundant in their praise for the friendliness and approachability of all staff and there was a high level of formal and informal academic and pastoral support.
      • Assessments are effective and develop the students learning though a range of assessments with timely and constructive feedback.
      • The clinical teaching and learning through experience is well structured and provides a basis for the development of students as autonomous practitioners.
      • The College's strong research profile informs teaching and learning and is highly effective in encouraging and supporting students' evidence-based learning.
      • Students were provided with a valuable insight into the National Health Service and the work of allied health professionals, which  enhances their exposure to a wide range of patients.

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