Admissions & Courses

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Diploma in Osteopathy

The Diploma in Osteopathy (D.O.) is a four-year full-time programme which is internally validated by the College.

It may run parallel to a BCOM degree validated through Plymouth University and be awarded simultaneously with a degree-level award such as the Masters in Osteopathy, but these awards are not mutually interdependent.


  • Course Content
    • The BCOM D.O. is a historically significant award within the UK osteopathic education sector, having produced thousands of osteopaths over many years of continuous provision and that is one of several reasons why we continue to award it to our Masters in Osteopathy students.

      There are many shared elements and consistencies between the two programmes but they are not identical pathways and have some different assessment processes and outcomes.

      The D.O. is accredited in its own right by the General Osteopathic Council. Graduation from the Masters in Osteopathy will give eligibility to register with the Council in its own right.

      Modules of study include: Principles of Osteopathy; Anatomy; Physiology; Osteopathic Technique; Soft-Tissue Techniques; Pathology; Nutrition; Diagnosis; Exercise Physiologyy, Orthopaedics and Traumatology; Psychology; Pathology; Paediatrics; among others.

      The clinical teaching, standards and time requirements are the same as for the Masters in Osteopathy.

  • Syllabus
    • Module Lectures/seminars Practical classes
      Year 1
      Anatomy 1: Musculoskeletal anatomy Anatomy: Osteology & Arthrology
      Anatomy: Myology
      Anatomy Dissection & the Royal College of Surgeons
      Anatomy 2: Neuro-anatomy Anatomy: Neurology
      GI, Nutrition & Biochemistry Nutrition & Biochemistry
      Osteopathic Practice 1 Osteopathic Technique
      Soft Tissue Technique
      Physiology Cardio-respiratory Physiology
      Renal & Endocrine Physiology
      Principles of Naturopathic Osteopathy Principles of Osteopathy
      Principles of Naturopathy
      Year 2
      Anatomy & Physiology Integrated Anatomy
      Physiology, Renal & Endocrine Physiology
      Anatomy Dissection & the Royal College of Surgeons
      Biomechanics Spinal Mechanics
      Peripheral Mechanics
      Exercise Physiology Exercise Physiology Exercise Physiology Lab
      Nutrition & Dietetics Nutrition & Dietetics
      Osteopathic Practice 2 Clinic Observation
      Osteopathic Diagnosis
      Osteopathic Technique
      Clinical Soft Tissue Techniques
      Pathology & Diagnosis Diagnosis
      Clinical Methods
      Year 3
      Clinic Theory and Practice Differential Diagnosis
      Clinical Practice
      Musculoskeletal Conditions Rheumatology & Orthopaedics
      X-Ray imaging
      Osteopathic Techniques Osteopathic Technique
      Visceral Osteopathy
      Paediatrics Paediatrics
      Psychology Psychology
      Research Methods Research Methods
      Year 4
      Clinical Rheumatology and Orthopaedics Clinical Rheumatology and Orthopaedics
      X-Ray imaging
      Clinical Psychology Clinical Psychology
      Practice Management, Ethics and Audit Practice Management, Ethics and Audit  Guest Experts on Developing Business Skills
      Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dermatology and Gerontology Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Dermatology and Gerontology
      Clinical Osteopathic Practice Osteopathic Technique (includes Cranial Osteopathy)
      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
    • 2017/18 Academic Year
      Home students £6,000 per annum for years 1 and 2
      Home students £7,500 per annum for years 3 and 4

      (Please note fees are subject to annual review and studying solely for a Diploma in Osteopathy does not attract public funding)

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

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