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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.


  • 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: Osteology and Arthrology
      Cardio-respiratory Physiology
      Anatomy: Myology Anatomy: Neurology
      Nutrition and Biochemistry
      Gastro Intestinal
      Principles of Naturopathy
      Soft Tissue Techniques

      Year Two
      Integrated Anatomy
      Clinic Theory and Observation
      Spinal Mechanics
      Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics
      Renal and Endocrine Physiology
      Exercise Physiology
      Soft Tissue Techniques

      Year Three
      Differential Diagnosis
      X-ray, Diagnosis and Rheumatology and Orthopaedics
      Research Methodology
      Peripheral Mechanics
      Applied Natural Therapeutics
      Applied Pharmacology
      Clinical Practice

      Year Four
      Clinical Rheumatology, Orthopaedics & X-ray
      Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
      Clinical Psychosomatics
      Practice Management Ethics and Audit
      Clinical Practice

  • 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
  • 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
    • Duration: 4 Years
      Attendance: Full-time

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