BCOM is known for its naturopathic approach to osteopathic education. BCOM works hard at promoting the philosophy, science and clinical application of holistic osteopathy and naturopathy within the UK and throughout the international community.
The Masters in Osteopathy (M.Ost) four year full-time programme has a rigorous academic base and includes professional training and development.
The programme incorporates a professional Diploma Naturopathy meaning that M.Ost graduates leave BCOM with two qualifications. An integrated research project runs across the final 2 years of the programme.
Our Masters degree is a Recognised Qualification (RQ) approved by the GOsC and confers full registration rights to graduating students. The M.Ost is also accredited by the GCRN as appropriate for entry to the naturopathic register. The academic standards of our degrees are insured by the University of Plymouth validation.
The college has been awarded Recognised Qualification (RQ) status ‘approval without conditions’ by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), in the renewal of recognition review for quality in Higher Education for the last three consecutive reviews.
The teaching offered at BCOM is of the highest quality. BCOM utilises specialist lecturers for teaching specialist subjects for example psychology, anatomy, and gynaecology. Students are supported in clinic and practical classes by experienced clinical tutors. The subject review by the QAA commended the college on its staffing, learning resources and student support.
There is an excellent staff-student ratio at BCOM and our academic staff include highly experienced HE lecturers and practising osteopaths, including those with MD and PhD qualifications.
BCOM’s compact campus environment offers large lecture theatre, air conditioned practical room, state of the art equipment for practical lectures and research, Human Performance Laboratory and student facilities. BCOM students also learn anatomy in lectures and with human dissection.
BCOM believes that an evidence base derived from research for osteopathic and naturopathic intervention is essential for the future of the profession. BCOM staff have extensive published research in osteopathic and medical journals. BCOM’s research laboratories are unique to current UK Osteopathic institutions and our M.Ost programme fosters an attitude of enquiry and research mentality in our graduates.
The International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research, (ICAOR) was founded by BCOM in 1999.
Supervised clinical training is at the core of learning at BCOM. The college runs a busy integrated public-facing osteopathic clinic, commissioned to provide osteopathic care under the NHS.
Student osteopaths work under supervision in a real professional environment seeing a diverse range of patients from the patient’s initial consultation to their discharge. On average BCOM students see 20% more patients than recommended by the GOsC benchmark Statement.
BCOM has dedicated specialist clinics for Sports, Performing Arts, Soft Tissue Massage and Under 16s.
BCOM is ideally located close to Hampstead Heath, in a green area of North London, with Central London and the West End less than 15 minutes away by tube or bus.
BCOM is noted for its warm and friendly atmosphere. The supportive atmosphere between students and staff is exceptional, providing a close-knit support network for all.