The (M.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. It is recognised by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and on successful completion students are eligible to register as an osteopath with the GOsC. Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer. The programme 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 have 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. Providing breadth as well as a depth of knowledge this programme gives students an unparalleled understanding of the osteopathic profession, as well as the skills and ethics essential for safe, competent practice. A unique aspect of this programme is Masters level study in year 4. During year 4 students complete a full research project suitable for journal submission and also have the opportunity to develop their expertise in areas of specialist interest such as paediatrics and sports injuries. This programme is likely to appeal to students with a strong academic interest with perhaps desire to combine lecturing and/or research with work as an osteopath. It may also appeal to students who wish to work in Europe where an Integrated Masters is likely to be the expected qualification for an osteopath. 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 receive 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. Whereas the first three years follow the normal progression of an undergraduate programme in Year 4 students study at Masters level and have the opportunity to achieve 120 credits at level 7.
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 7): Research Project Advanced Osteopathic Medicine Advanced Professional Practice
Assessment is by viva, practical examination, coursework and dissertation. 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.
How to apply
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance is required
English language requirements
A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5, or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£8700||Year 1|