University College of Osteopathy has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
The University College of Osteopathy has been a leading provider of osteopathic education for over 100 years. We are currently the only Osteopathic Educational Institution in the UK to hold University College title and with the power to award our own degrees.
Our integrated M.Ost degree is delivered over four years on a full-time basis, and equips students with the underpinning knowledge, practical skills and clinical experience to become excellent patient-centred practitioners. On successful completion, students are able to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and begin professional practice.
As part of the course, all students complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours at our central London teaching clinic and award-winning community clinics. As the largest of its kind in Europe, the UCO Clinic offers our student osteopaths an unrivalled opportunity to work with patients from all walks of life, including babies and children, expectant mothers, older patients, homeless people, NHS patients, people living with HIV, and patients with sports injuries.
Students are taught in small groups to ensure they benefit from staff expertise – typically, practical classes have a ratio of one tutor to every ten students, while in clinic there is one tutor to every four students. We support an evidence-informed approach to our teaching, learning and patient care, and have an active research department who are regularly published in journals and invited to speak at conferences around the world.
Our graduates make up approximately 41% of registered and practicing osteopaths in the UK+, working at the forefront of the profession in a number of different fields. 97% of UCO graduates are in employment six months after graduating.++
UCO alumni work across a range of areas, including working with professional sports people including members of British Cycling and GB Olympic teams; collaborating with humanitiarian organisations and providing osteopathy to new regions around the world; leading developments in osteopathic education and research; and occupying significant positions within the osteopathic and wider healthcare community.
The UCO combines the benefits of studying in a big city with all that London has to offer, with a small and friendly community. Our student population is diverse, from college leavers to mature learners, and we attract students from across the UK, Europe and further afield. There is lots of interaction between year groups both in clinic and socially, and our more experienced students provide a fantastic informal support network for those new to the UCO. Our Student Support team are available to support students during their time with us, and our alumni network provides ongoing mentoring, advice and opportunities to our graduates as they embark on their professional careers.
+General Osteopathic Council Register 2019
++ Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) 2017 results
You will complete a number of units at each year of study focusing on five key areas: Professionalism, The Functioning Human, Patient Care, Research and Enquiry, Being an Osteopath.
The course is assessed through both summative and formative assessments including:
• online assessments
• development of a learning portfolio
• case studies
• practical and clinical examinations
Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.
- General Osteopathic Council
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points||Majority of the points must come from two science based A 'levels or equivalent Health, Science or Sports related BTEC National qualifications.|
|A level||BBC||3 A levels to include biology and one other science, which can include chemistry, physics, psychology, PE or a sports A level with a high scientific content.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM||
BTEC National Diplomas and Access courses are accepted as entry qualifications for our degree programmes, but they must contain significant human biology and science content; in general students completing the BTEC need to be studying the following units:
•11 Physiology of Human Body Systems
•12 Physiology of Human Regulation and Reproduction
•13 Biochemical Techniques
•14 Energy Changes, Sources and Applications
•15 Microbiological Techniques
•16 Chemistry for Biology Technicians
All applications are considered individually taking into account certificated evidence of Key Skills and a range of other qualifications.
Additional entry requirements
Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)
Students will be required to undertake a DBS check, during the first week/ enrolment process.
Overseas and International students will need to provide a DBS.
All students will need to complete a health questionnaire during the first week of term.
If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an Interview and Evaluation (I&E) day at the University College. All students that have or are working towards the right qualifications who submit a full application with strong personal statements will be invited to attend an Interview and Evaluation (I&E) day. For those students that are currently overseas there is an opportunity to complete the interview via Skype.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||Studying in a foreign language can be very demanding. International students will need to provide proof of English Language proficiency.|
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|