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Osteopathic Medicine


UCAS Code: B991 | Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

Pass with 60 credits (Science based)

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Including science based subjects. Plus 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths

About this course

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Full-time | 2022



The Bachelor of Osteopathic Medicine (B.OSt) is a dynamic programme taught by expert and enthusiastic staff, and provides students with the understanding and skill required for success as practicing osteopaths. The programme is recognised by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and on successful completion students are eligible to register as an osteopath with the GOsC. It gives students exposure to a wide range of approaches to osteopathy and this is reflected in a diverse teaching team who are graduates from the different osteopathic teaching institutions. A key strength of the programme at Nescot is that all staff hold a teaching qualification and are involved in continuing professional development in their areas of osteopathic expertise. This ensures students receive both expert teaching as well as an osteopathic curriculum that is engaging and up to date. We are very proud of our roots in ‘Classical’ osteopathy and this approach continues to influence the curriculum. By providing breadth as well as a depth of knowledge this programme gives students unparalleled understanding of the osteopathic profession, as well as the skills and ethics essential for safe, competent practice.

Another key feature of the programme is the student clinic in which students are involved from Year 1 and where they eventually complete at least 1000 hours of training. The clinics are staffed by highly qualified and experienced tutors who supervise students in assessing and treating patients. The clinics provide a broad range of experience and students encounter patients of all ages and lifestyles as well as opportunity to work in specialist clinics such as paediatrics and sports injuries. Students gain experience in patient management, taking case histories, diagnosis and treatment. They are guaranteed a high level of support in the clinic and are allocated a personal clinic tutor and scheduled regular one-to-one tutorial sessions.

The programme is supported by Weblearn, a very robust on-line learning environment, which provides flexible access to lecture presentations and hand-outs, links to online journals and e-books, programme handbooks, upload links for assessments, academic forums and a record of tutorials.

This qualification is currently under validation review and subject to content change


Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4):

Anatomical Structure & Function
Osteopathic Principles & Technique 1
Introduction to Professional Practice
Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5):

Human Disease & Dysfunction
Diagnostic Studies
Osteopathic Principles & Technique 2
Foundation in Professional Practice
Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6):

Differential Diagnosis
Developing Scope of Practice
Osteopathic Principles & Technique 3
Developing Professional Practice
Year 4 (FHEQ Level 6):

Research Proposal
Applied Osteopathic Medicine
Autonomous Professional Practice

Assessment methods

Assessment is by written examination, coursework, practical exam, viva and research proposal.

The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.

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