Osteopathy Programme

Bachelor of Osteopathy (BOst, Hons)

The BOst is a part-time degree course delivered in collaboration with the University of Derby. The programme is four years in duration with the option to take a further Semester should this be required to complete the clinical element of the programme.

The programme has been designed to meet the needs of an increasing number of students who wish to work whilst they learn and train on a fully part-time basis. The programme develops the educational and professional skills required for successful practice.   There are 18 teaching weekends a year, some of these weekends will be delivered on-line so you willl be able to study from the comfort of your own home and some of these weekends will be face-to-face and you will be required to travel to the University campus.  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.

Programme Structure

The course is a modular programme, comprised of three levels of study; Levels 4, 5, and 6, 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 on-line lectures, face-to-face lectures, workshops, self-directed home study and clinic-based learning.

There will be an option to use the third semester (June to August) of year 4, to complete the final clinical module (CO(3)).

Download and view a simplified diagram outlining the modules, levels of study and exit awards here: BOst (Hons) Programme Map

Details of the way the programme is assessed can be found here: BOst (Hons) Assessments and should be viewed alongside the Programme Map above.

The Programme Specification B.Ost (Hons) is a detailed document about the programme.

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 a degree awarded by a British University 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.

The programme is delivered in English.  Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to produce evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English to Level 7 using the IELTS scale.

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 virtual open day there is often the opportunity to arrange an interview.

You can complete your application form online here




Osteopathic Practice Standards

Qualified osteopaths adhere to 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 focused you can view them on the General Osteopathic Council website here


Student Finance Information

The fee for the first year of the programme (Year 1) for Academic Year 2021/22 will be £6935.  Fees are reviewed every year.

Most undergraduate part-time students studying their first degree will be eligible to apply for Student Finance which is the student support package offered by the Government.

For information on how to apply and application deadlines please visit the relevant Student Finance website: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-student-finance

Other additional expenses will include:

Clinic Coat: £30.00 approximately

DBS Enhanced Check: £49.00

Diagnostic testing kit: this kit can range from £30 to over £100

NB. Once students have enrolled the College arranges insurance with the Institute of Osteopathy (iO).  Should you decide to withdraw you will be required to pay the cost of this insurance as part of a cancellation fee of £100.  This cancellation fee includes a small administration cost of approximately £25.

Self-Funding Payment Options:

This is an example of how payment for fees can be made for those who are self-funding.

1. Payment in Full

2. Four equal installments.

If you wish to discuss finance issues as part of your research into whether this course is right for you please email us: admissions@collegeofosteopaths.ac.uk  Please also view the Credit Control Policy


Employment Prospects

This part-time osteopathy programme is designed primarily for mature learners wishing to re-train whilst they continue in an existing job or work around family commitments. The programme aims to lead directly to professional registration and in to the world of work as an employed or self-employed osteopath.


Osteopathy is a safe and effective form of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health problems. It uses manual therapy, exercise and advice, to promote the optimum environment for health, based on the individual needs of the patient.

Working life

Most osteopaths work as self-employed primary care practitioners in private practice, able to diagnosis and treat a wide range of health issues, although there are opportunities to work within the NHS and in secondary care.

They have expertise in the musculoskeletal system and its relationship to other systems of the body in the promotion of good health.

Osteopaths provide a package of care that includes a varied range of interventions specific to each patient, including:

  • manual therapy techniques
  • physical therapy (rehabilitation and exercise prescription)
  • health advice and
  • self-management guidance

Who would I work with?

Osteopaths are trained to work with patients of all ages. They are skilled at identifying a wide range of health conditions, and will refer to other healthcare professionals to achieve the best outcomes for the patient. A significant number of osteopaths work in private healthcare, working closely with other healthcare specialists.

Currently, the vast majority of osteopaths are self-employed although there are increasingly opportunities for osteopaths to work in the NHS in multidisciplinary musculoskeletal units, where they may work as part of a team including acupuncturists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and psychotherapists.

Attractions and challenges of the role

Osteopaths are able to spend substantially more time with patients than most professionals in primary care, and many osteopaths value this opportunity to provide more comprehensive treatment.

Most osteopaths work for themselves, which attracts many people to the profession and allows for flexibility in how the role is undertaken and less restrictive career progression, but does come with the challenges associated with self-employment.

‘Osteopath’ is a protected title by law. All osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council to be able to practise in the UK.

The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) has some detailed information about why you should choose osteopathy as a career.


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