British College of Osteopathic Medicine

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Plymouth


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Course summary

BCOM is internationally renowned for its uniquely holistic or naturopathic approach to osteopathic education and patient care. The college provides a four-year full-time Undergraduate Masters in Osteopathy degree course that delivers the technical skills and experience required to develop safe and competent graduates who are eligible to register with the General Osteopathic Council and work in the UK as osteopaths. BCOM’s unique naturopathic course means our graduates are also naturopaths upon successful completion of the degree course. Known for the support we provide to students and for the quality of our teaching, BCOM students receive a solid understanding of human anatomy, physiology and nutrition, as well as developing soft tissue and osteopathic techniques. The college was founded in 1936 by Stanley Lief, the renowned naturopathic osteopath who also founded the Champneys spa. Over the years the college has become a sector leader in osteopathic teaching and research. BCOM’s well established osteopathic teaching clinic in Frazer House offers approximately 20,000 patient appointments each year. Naturopathic, or holistic, osteopathy is a combined treatment. Focusing on more than diagnosing and treating the structural and mechanical problems of the body related to the spine and back, the holistic approach lays emphasis on a preventative approach to health promotion by taking into account the patient’s physical make-up, nutritional intake, psycho-social factors and lifestyle. 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. The College’s London location is ideal to enjoy all that the capital has to offer. BCOM is situated in elegant Hampstead, one of the city’s most desirable areas, much loved by Londoners for its green spaces, notably Hampstead Heath. Within easy reach of the college are pleasant, affordable areas in which to live, a buzzing multicultural world of cheap eats, health-food shops and international markets. In addition, in London students can use many special passes and offers making life much more affordable.Just 15 minutes from the recreation hub of the West End by tube; at BCOM, you really are just moments from it all. This integrated degree course provides students with 1000–1200 hours of clinical experience whilst also developing key business skills and research experience, enabling our graduates to work in established clinics or to build their own practises. BCOM graduates have pursued successful careers working with athletes, corporate consultancy, university-level teaching, work with animals and medical research.

Course details


Year One Modules • Principles of Naturopathic Osteopathy • Physiology (including Cardio-respiratory, Renal and Endocrine Physiology) • Osteopathic Practice (including Osteopathic Techniques and Soft Tissue Techniques) • GI Nutrition (including Bio-chemistry) • Anatomy: Musculoskeletal Anatomy • Anatomy: Neuroanatomy (anatomy classes include weekly visits to the Dissection Room of University College Hospital) Year Two Modules • Pathology and Diagnosis (including Clinical Methods) • Osteopathic Practice (including Osteopathic Diagnosis and Techniques and Clinical Soft Tissue Techniques) • Clinical Theory & Observation in BCOM’s teaching clinic) • Functional Nutrition • Exercise Physiology (including practical classes in BCOM’s Human Performance Lab) • Biomechanics (including Spinal Mechanics and Peripheral Mechanics) • Anatomy and Physiology (anatomy classes include weekly visits to the Dissection Room of University College Hospital in Semester 1 of Year 2) Year Three Modules • Research Methodology • Psychology • Paediatrics • Osteopathic Techniques (including Visceral techniques) • Musculoskeletal Conditions (including Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Imaging) • Clinic Theory and Practice (including Applied Pharmacology and Clinical Practice in BCOM’s teaching clinic) Year Four Modules • Clinical Rheumatology and Orthopaedics • Clinical Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Dermatology and Gerontology • Practice Management and Audit (business skills) • Clinical Psychology • Research Investigation (students collect primary data and produce a piece of original research. Some students may have their research published in peer reviewed journals and/or presented at conferences) • Clinical Osteopathic Practice (including Clinical Practice in BCOM’s teaching clinic and Osteopathic Techniques including Cranial techniques)

Assessment method

Students are assessed through a variety of methods: coursework, examinations, presentations, vivas, OSCE, practical and clinical assessments. The teaching offered at BCOM has been given the highest praise at external review (General Osteopathic Council/Quality Assurance Agency). BCOM has a strong research profile which helps inform teaching and learning throughout the curriculum. Research not only aids in teaching at BCOM but evidence based medicine is increasingly required to demonstrate the efficacy of treatments. Year 3 and 4 students undertake a research project which results in a project (dissertation) that is presented as a publishable paper. BCOM clinical students see on average 20% more than the recommended 50 new patients currently recommended by the QAA Benchmark statement on Osteopathy.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Osteopathic Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The college is fortunate to have a diverse student community to which we warmly welcome international students. Our experienced Admissions Team provides support and guidance throughout the application process, including applications for student visas. With our Tier 4 Sponsor License we are able to provide Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letters and sponsor international students looking to study osteopathy in the UK. For further information on how to apply as an international student, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 207 435 6464 or email [email protected]

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The Admissions Team considers applications on an individual basis taking into account a wide range of qualifications and educational experience. If your course is not listed please contact our Admissions Team to see if you qualify for entry. All applicants for the degree course are made through UCAS and applicants are encouraged to submit their application by mid-January, though BCOM do accept applications throughout the annual UCAS cycle (subject to availability).

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

All successful applicants will be required to have Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance prior to enrolling onto the Masters in Osteopathy course.

Health checks

Applicants are requested to submit a Health Statement prior to interview, please visit our website for further details. Completion of a health questionnaire and health check will be required prior to enrolment to identify and support any additional needs.


The interview forms an integral part of the selection process. Applicants who are unable to attend in person will be offered Skype interviews. Where possible, applicants are informed at the time of their interview if they have achieved a place on the course. Offers are subject to applicants providing a completed Confidential Criminal Record Self Declaration form and DBS clearance.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £10500 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

BCOM students can apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England via our validating partner Plymouth University. For further assistance, please visit our website or contact our Admissions Team on 0207 435 6464. For further information:
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