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Diploma in Naturopathy

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. If you would like to become a naturopath and would like more information please read the details below or get in touch.


  • Naturopathy Course Content
    • 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

  • Syllabus
    • Year One

      Anatomy 1: Musculoskeletal anatomy

      Anatomy 2: Neuro-anatomy

      Gastrointestinal system,  nutrition & biochemistry

      Soft Tissue Techniques


      Principles of Naturopathy

      Year Two

      Functional Nutrition

      Exercise Physiology

      Anatomy & Physiology

      Pathology & Diagnosis

      Clinical Soft Tissue Techniques


      Year Three

      Clinic  Theory & Practice

      Musculoskeletal conditions

      Visceral Osteopathy



      Research Methods

      Year Four

      Clinical Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Dermatology and Gerontology

      Clinical Rheumatology & Orthopaedics

      Clinical Psychology

      Clinical Naturopathic Practice

      Practice Management, Ethics and Audit

      Research Investigation

  • Entry Requirements
    • The standard academic profile is:
      Three A levels normally including Biology
      Other UK qualifications/Educational pathways, in combination with biology, are also considered:

      • BTEC Diplomas and Extended Diplomas; other BTEC   courses are considered in combination with
        additional qualification
      • Higher National Diploma (NHD) course
      • Science foundation courses Access to HE Diploma courses
        (in science or health)
      • Baccalaureates
      • Scottish Highers and Advanced Highers

      If your course is not listed please contact our Admissions Team to see if you qualify for entry.

      Mature Students
      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

  • How to Apply
  • Naturopathy Course Fees
    • 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 & Attendance
    • The naturopathy course duration is 4 years.
      Attendance: Full-time

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