The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (previously known as British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy) has been awarding a self-validated four-year full-time Diploma in Naturopathy programme since early 1950’s. Successful completion of the Diploma in Naturopathy gives graduates eligibility to apply for registration with The General Council and Register of Naturopaths (GCRN), a voluntary registering body for Naturopaths in the UK.
The four year full-time Diploma in Naturopathy (N.D.) programme runs parallel to BCOM’s four year full-time Masters in Osteopathy (M.Ost) programme that is validated by the University of Plymouth and approved by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), a statutory regulatory body for Osteopathy in UK. Successful completion of the M.Ost programme gives graduates eligibility to apply to both the General Council and Register of Naturopaths and the General Osteopathic Council.
The four year full-time Diploma in Naturopathy programme can be taken independently of the Masters in Osteopathy programme but this programme only gives eligibility for application to GCRN
Anatomy 1: Musculoskeletal anatomy
Anatomy 2: Neuro-anatomy
Gastrointestinal system, nutrition & biochemistry
Soft Tissue Techniques
Principles of Naturopathy
Anatomy & Physiology
Pathology & Diagnosis
Clinical Soft Tissue Techniques
Clinic Theory & Practice
Clinical Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Dermatology and Gerontology
Clinical Rheumatology & Orthopaedics
Clinical Naturopathic Practice
Practice Management, Ethics and Audit
The standard academic profile is:
Three A levels normally including Biology
Other UK qualifications/Educational pathways, in combination with biology, are also considered:
If your course is not listed please contact our Admissions Team to see if you qualify for entry.
Mature students with previous degrees (2.1 or above) or other educational pathways will be considered on an individual basis depending on previous qualifications.
DBS & Health Statement
Due to the nature of the course all applicants will be required to complete a Medical Disclosure (supported by a medical letter from their GP) and undertake a Disclosure and barring Service (formerly CRB) clearance prior to enrolling onto the course. Further information
2021/22 academic year
Fees for home students for the Diploma in Naturopathy are:
Year 1 and 2: £6,500.00 per annum
Year 3 and 4: £7,500.00 per annum
Fees for international students for the Diploma in Naturopathy are:
Year 1 and 2: £7,750.00 per annum
Year 3 and 4: £8,750.00 per annum
(Please note fees are subject to annual review and studying solely for a Diploma in Naturopathy does not attract public funding)
Duration: 4 Years