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Osteopathy Programme

Master of Osteopathy (MOst)

The MOst is a part-time degree course delivered in collaboration with Staffordshire University. The programmes completes in five and a half years.

There is also an option of completing a Bachelor of Osteopathy (BOst) with us.  This takes five years to complete.

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of the ever growing body of students who wish to work while they learn and train on a fully part-time basis. The programme develops the educational, professional and the business skills required for successful practice. Attendance is required every other weekend for eighteen weekends per year and there is flexibility built into the attendance required at clinic. The clinic opening hours include evenings and Saturdays enabling students to continue with established work and home-life commitments throughout the duration of their course. There is no requirement to attend full-time at any time on the programme. Furthermore this innovative programme focuses on the development and practical application of business skills from year one, ensuring that students will graduate with osteopathic and business competence.

Programme Structure

The course is a modular programme, comprised of three or four levels of study; Levels 4, 5, 6 and 7, each level becoming successively more academically challenging. There are, broadly speaking, four strands of modules extending over the levels. These strands are ‘Hands-on’ modules, clinical modules, academic modules and professional modules.

Programme delivery is varied and includes lectures, workshops, self-directed home study and clinic-based learning.

At the start of year 4 there are academic progression interviews which take place to discuss the final pathway choice and completion of either the Masters of Osteopathy or Bachelor of Osteopathy programme.

Download and view a simplified diagram outlining the modules and levels of study here: BOst & MOst Programme Maps

Entry Requirements

The College of Osteopaths is committed to and experienced in, enabling adult learners to achieving a degree in osteopathy. The diverse skills, knowledge and experience of applicants with non-traditional backgrounds will therefore be considered. The minimum entry requirements below are therefore given as guidance only. Other skills and experience not detailed below, that may be appropriate, can be discussed at the interview stage:

5 GCSE subjects grades A-C including Maths and English and 2 Advanced level qualifications or vocational equivalents (preferably in science subjects) or,

A BTEC National Diploma in relevant subject or,

An Access to H.E. Certificate or Diploma or relevant Open University modules

The College also recognises equivalent international qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, and degrees from other disciplines.

Students applying without minimum entry requirements or non-scientific qualifications may be offered the opportunity to complete the College’s foundation course.

The College of Osteopaths Foundation Course

The College of Osteopaths Foundation Course is an intensive course of study delivered by The College of Osteopaths. The course consists of 6 taught sessions that take place over two weekends, usually during the summer.  Completion of this short course allows progression to the College’s BOst/MOst programme.

Who is the course aimed at?

Anyone can attend the Foundation Course as it is designed primarily to be interactive, thought-provoking and enjoyable, as well as introducing essential skills and knowledge. However, the course may be recommended to you at interview, or attendance and successful completion, may be a condition of gaining access to the degree programme.

Some people who may fall into these categories include:

• Those who have not studied science-based subjects beyond compulsory participation at school, but have the appropriate study skills
• Those who would benefit from a science refresher course prior to starting the degree
• Those who have been interviewed, and successful completion of the course is a condition to starting the degree
• Those who have not studied at H.E. Level and would benefit from practising the study skills essential for success, through relevant subject and topic based activities.

Course aims and objectives

• introduce you to the skills required to study at H.E. level and within an H.E. environment
• provide you with a broad understanding of the structure (anatomy) and functioning (physiology) of the human body so that you are able to cope with the in depth study of these subjects on the course
• provide you with an appropriate understanding of the underpinning physical, chemical and biological sciences
• provide you with the opportunity to explore relevant scientific ideas

Where does the course take place?

The course location will be at the Hendon Campus, Middlesex University and/or the College’s teaching clinic at Borehamwood, and at Staffordshire University, Leek Road Campus.

Cost for 2018: To be confirmed

Dates for 2018

To be confirmed

Application Forms

Once you have decided that The College of Osteopaths is where you would like to study please complete an application form and return it to us as soon as possible.  At our open day there is often the opportunity to arrange an interview.

We have a September and January intake so you could start your study sooner than you think!

You can download the appropriate application form here:

Application Form –  London Programme

Application Form – Staffordshire Programme

Osteopathic Practice Standards

Qualified osteopaths adhere to a practice standards set out by the General Osteopathic Council. Our course will help you to build on skills you already have and develop new skills required to meet these standards. If you are interested in looking at the areas in which osteopathic practice standards are focussed you can download them here:

Osteopathic Practice Standards 2012

Finance Information

The fees for 2018/19 will be £6750

Outlined below are a number of options for obtaining finance or how a self-funding student is able to break down the payment.  Please note that fees may increase each year during your course.

Loans and Help with Payments:

Student Finance: Part-time students applying for the course in 2018-2019 can apply to Student Finance for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £6750 per year to cover the course fees for 2018/19.  If students are successful and obtain the full tuition fee loan, it will be paid directly to the institution.  Further information can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/student-finance-register-login

Student Finance – 2nd degree but your first degree in a healthcare subject:  For students considering the course who already hold a degree, as of 2017, if this is your second degree but your first degree in an allied healthcare subject you may also be able to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £6750 per year to cover the course fees.  To read the guidance see page 8 of the document (links to the student guidance on the student finance website).

Local Education Authority (LEA) Grants: Your local council may offer grants to advance your education. As councils can assign funding to different areas, search for local training providers using the https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council website.

Claiming your course fees as Tax Relief:
You may be eligible to offset some of the course fees as tax relief.  If you are self-employed you may be able to include the course fees as part of your business expenses.  If you are employed you may be able to claim it as tax relief.

How much of the course fees can be claimed will depend on individual circumstances so you will need to contact HMRC directly to discuss this. HMRC – 0300 200 3310, ask for Personal Tax and explain that you would like to claim tax relief through professional subscriptions.  HMRC will be able to confirm what you may be eligible for.  You may also wish to talk to your accountant.

Other help with funding once enrolled on the course:

Council Tax Student Status:

Once you have enrolled as a student, you may be able to claim some discount on your council tax.  You will need to contact your local council to find out what discount scheme runs in your area, explaining that you will be a student on a degree course.  We can provide a letter for you with any information they request to support your application for a discount.

Student Travel – London Campus:

Once enrolled you may also be eligible for a student travel card offered by TFL.   The card gives you 30% off the price of adult-rate Travel Cards and Bus & Tram Pass season tickets.

The course is registered with TFL and you can apply for this card directly here:  https://tfl.gov.uk/fares-and-payments/adult-discounts-and-concessions/18-student

Self-Funding Payment Options

This is an example of how payment for fees can be made for those who are self-funding.  There are a variety of instalment options.

1. Payment in Full

2. Two Equal Instalments

3. Standing Order

4. Payment by credit card


If you wish to discuss finance issues as part of your research into whether this course is right for you please give us a call.


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