*The BSc(Hons) Osteopathy degree is validated by our partner university, University of Plymouth, and is fully accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) with ‘recognised qualification’ status in accordance with the Osteopaths Act 1993.
The BSc (Hons) Osteopathy is a four year full-time modified attendance degree combining online learning and face to face teaching for those students who want to combine studying osteopathy with working or family commitments. This degree is aimed at those who want to change career and are attracted to a hands on, rewarding and flexible profession. This modified attendance course will run two evenings a week (6-9pm) and one Saturday a month (9am- 5.30pm), with additional hours needed for time in the teaching clinic, tutorials and self-directed study. Upon successful completion of this University of Plymouth validated degree, graduates can register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and obtain a Diploma in Naturopathy with the General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN) and launch straight into a career as a practising osteopath.
The curriculum involves problem-based learning, case-based scenarios and research over four years. Students will attend the teaching clinic located at BCOM, alongside practical skills classes, lectures and tutorials. Students spend 1000 hours in the teaching clinic, equipping them with the skills needed to be an excellent practitioner. Students will develop key business skills and research experience, enabling them to work in established clinics or to build their own practices after graduating. BCOM graduates have pursued successful careers working with athletes, corporate consultancy, university-level teaching, working with animals and medical research. For more detailed information on the content of the modules, their assessment and delivery click here.
The programme is assessed in a number of ways which include essays, presentations, group work, reflective accounts, ISCE and clinical assessments either as individual students or group work.
Successful completion of this BSc Osteopathy leads to eligibility to apply for registration with the GOsC allowing graduates to launch straight into a career as a practising osteopath.
The BSc(Hons) Osteopathy programme specification can be found here
The BSc(Hons) Osteopathy degree is validated by our partner university, University of Plymouth, and is fully accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) with ‘recognised qualification’ status in accordance with the Osteopaths Act 1993.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Technique Practice 1: Fundamentals & Bio-mechanics||Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing||Functional Nutrition||Research Project|
|Professionalism & Clinical Integration 1||Clinical Diagnosis, Pathology & Pharmacology||Clinical Practice 1||Clinical Practice 2|
|Anatomy 1 (includes neurology)||Technique Practice 2: Functional Applications||Paediatrics||Advanced Skills in Practice|
|Anatomy 2 (includes neurology)||Clinical Methods||Technique Practice 3: Applied Treatment||Psychology|
For more detailed information on the content of the modules, their assessment and delivery click here.
The BSc(Hons) Osteopathy programme specification can be found here
|GCSE (or equivalent)||All applicants must have mathematics and English at grade 4 or above or equivalent.|
|Interviews||All applicants will undergo an interview. All applicants need to complete a health declaration form so appropriate support can be put in place. Applicants who declare a disability are normally invited for an early meeting to discuss support. Subsequently applicants need to declare annually a health declaration and any change to their criminal record.|
|A-level/AS-level||Normal minimum entry requirements are BBC (112 UCAS points) at A-level to normally include a science subject, usually biology but will consider chemistry, physical education, sports science as science, psychology, mathematics. General studies are not accepted.
|BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma||Grades: DDM – Must be Health, Science, or Sports related and include relevant science modules.|
|Access to Higher Education at level 3||Applicants are interviewed before an offer is made. Applicants will need to achieve a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at merit or above in a science or health-related Access course. Applicants who do not have Level 2 English and Maths above grade C will additionally need 12 credits at Level 2 in these subjects.|
|Welsh Baccalaureate||112 UCAS points overall to include 2 A-levels grades BB in science subjects (as above)|
|Scottish Qualifications Authority||112 UCAS points overall to include two science subjects (as above) grades BB at Higher Level|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||H33334 (post-2017) at Higher Level, to include b a science usually biology (but will include PE etc) plus Ordinary Level Grade C Maths and English|
|International Baccalaureate||Acceptable with a minimum overall score of 32 points to include 5 points in 2 science subjects. If overseas and not studying English within IB, must have IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 in all other elements.|
|Other||Other HE qualifications considered on individual merit' may include courses run by other osteopathic and non-osteopathic institutions that provide the applicant with skills suitable for the course.|
|English Language||If English is not the first language and the applicant is or will be applying for a UK Student Visa, they must have an acceptable Secure English Language Test (SELT) score of 6.5 total with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
If the applicant is in the UK they can only take a SELT test with one of the following providers:
If the applicant is outside the UK they can only take a SELT test with one of the following providers:
If English is not the applicant's first language and the applicant does not need a Student Visa an applicant must usually have an equivalent of a minimum 6.5 Academic IELTS with 5.5 minimum in all components: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
For additional information or any updates on securing an English language test please click here
|DBS||All offers are subject to an enhanced DBS clearance. This is funded by the students who are informed at the interview, application stage, and prospectus and website.|
|APL||The College welcomes applications from students who have prior certificated learning which they would like to be considered so they can enter at either level 5 or level 6 or have exemption from some of the individual modules at level 4 or 5. The process is robust and transparent and compliant with the QAA Code of Practice (2018). The process is underpinned by set of principles which support the fact that the previous learning is relevant, sufficient, authentic and current.
Applicants are supported throughout the process which includes an informal academic interview, detailed mapping of previous learning against the programme module learning outcomes and consideration by an independent panel. Successful applicants are offered an individualised induction programme to join their new peer group.
Apply through UCAS– an electronic online application system available at www.ucas.com. The application fee is £22 for a single choice, or £26.50 for more than one choice. This will enable you to apply to up to 5 institutions simultaneously. If you apply only to the BCOM (i.e. a single application) the fee is reduced to £22.
BCOM Institution code: B81
BSc(Hons) Osteopathy course code: B200
UCAS will electronically send your application to us for consideration.
Step 2: Application Review
All applications are considered individually and with flexibility. When considering your application, we look at the content of your personal statement, as well as your academic profile and reference. Decisions are based on grades, personal statements and references. For UCAS guidance on your personal statement please follow this link, and for UCAS guidance on your references, please follow this link.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview via Microsoft Teams (interview times are flexible and can be arranged to fit in with you).
For full details of our selection criteria read our Admissions Policy.
Step 3: Interview
The interview will last approximately 30 minutes and is fairly informal. Normally, there will be 2 people interviewing you. Interviews are also an opportunity for you to ask us questions.
At interview, we will want to know why you want to be an osteopath and what skills you think you have that may be relevant. We may also ask about any work experience you have gained. We may ask you questions about the content of your personal statement.
We may ask you to provide documentary evidence of the qualifications you have listed on your UCAS form – either prior or following the interview.
Step 4: Decisions and Offers
Usually, interview outcomes are conveyed to you via UCAS within 5 working days of your interview.
Successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter by email following their interview from BCOM, detailing either a conditional offer or an unconditional offer of acceptance. An unconditional offer means you do not have to do anything before you start the course. If you receive a conditional offer then the offer conditions have to be met before the end of August. Offer conditions are usually linked to qualification, so we may ask that you obtain specific grades in qualifications such as A-Levels, BTEC qualification or the Baccalaureate. You can either accept or decline the BCOM offer. UCAS will give you a date by which you have to make your decision.
Step 5: Offer accepted
If you accept our offer – Welcome to BCOM! You have made a great decision! Congratulations – you have just taken the first step towards your exciting career as an osteopath.
From around May you will be given further information about accommodation and starting the course.
International students coming to the UK with a Student visa must be able to support themselves for the entire length of their stay in the UK; this includes fees and living expenses. To check how to apply for a Student visa click here.
If you are interested in studying the BSc (Hons) Osteopathy at BCOM and need a Student visa, you are strongly advised to read the information in the links below.
All nationals from outside of Europe coming to live in the UK for longer than six months will be required to pay a health surcharge.
If you have an UNCONDITIONAL place with us and you have decided to accept the offer, please email the Admissions Team with your full name and UCAS ID number to request your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS). A CAS is a very important electronic document that you will need to request before you can apply for your student visa.
Please note the BCNO Group is committed to ensuring that courses run as advertised; however, if a minimum number of students is not reached, courses may be changed, rescheduled, or cancelled. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible. In most cases, the approval of courses usually lasts for five years, from the point of validation until the point of periodic review of the course. During this period, a course may be modified to enhance provision and ensure that it is compliant with accreditation bodies or partners to meet quality standards. As part of this process current students will be consulted on any proposed change and current and prospective students will be notified of any change.
Year 1: £7,700
Year 2: £7,700
Year 3: £6,160
Year 4: £6,160
This is a full-time programme delivered as a modified attendance over a four year period:
Example timetable for Year 1 can be found here
Example timetable for Year 3 can be found here
The BSc (Hons) Osteopathy is a flexible full-time modified attendance degree. You may be eligible for student funding and maintenance loans if this is your first degree. To find out more click here.