The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)

PgCert Osteopathic Sports Care

The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) and the European School of Osteopathy (ESO) are internationally regarded as the leading specialist osteopathic education institutions. As world leaders in osteopathic education and research, BCOM and ESO are known for their educational excellence, friendliness and the approachability of their staff with a high level of support, both pastoral and academic, for their students. BCOM and ESO ensure graduates finish their degree as confident healthcare professionals, ready to start an exciting and rewarding career in osteopathy. BCOM is situated in London and ESO in Kent.
Course details
  • Year 1

  • The PgCert Osteopathic Sports Care provides osteopaths a structured pathway that leads to a formal qualification.

    The programme will provide knowledge and skills required for the management of sporting injuries within clinical practice and on-field.

    A wide range of osteopathic approaches will be included and the faculty comprises of experienced osteopaths who work within the sports care field.

    Core modules

    • Concepts of Osteopathic Sports Care (BCOM7004)

      • The role of osteopathy in treatment and management of common sporting injuries • Critical review and interpretation of the case-history presented by a sporting individual • Critical review of pitch side/ on-field management of common sporting injuries • Multi-disciplinary team work and legal issues in sports care

    • Exercise and Rehabilitation (BCOM7005)

      • Physiology of exercise and tissue healing during rehabilitation process • Biomechanics and mechanisms of common sporting injuries • Principles of pre & post rehabilitation for common sporting injuries • Principles and practice of sports taping

    • Osteopathic Management of Sports Injuries (BCOM7006)

      • Osteopathic principles and management of common sporting injuries • Prescription drugs in exercise and sporting activities • Role of nutrition in exercise and sports • Psychological issues on performance during exercise and sports

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
Entry requirements

MOst, BSc Ost, DO, or equivalent.

You must be working as an osteopath, and be registered with the GOsC (or the equivalent in your country).

Work experience
You must be working as an osteopath.
You must have a valid First Aid Certificate.

Each individual application will be assessed by the Admissions Team and all applicants who fulfil the admissions criteria will be invited for an interview.

Independent Safeguarding Agency (ISA) / Criminal Record Bureau (CRB)
If you are wishing to attend children’s or vulnerable adult’s sports clubs, you will be required to have Enhanced DBS checks.

In association with The Osteopathic Sports Care Association.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner institutions, please contact the institution directly for information on fees and funding.

There are a number of funding options available to students, for further information please go to

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to the partner institution by completing the application form.

Download application form

For further information on how to apply please contact the BCOM Admissions Team.

Call +44 (0)20 7435 6464

Our partnership with The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.


Learning outcomes will be assessed via:

a) Coursework essay: For example: Critically review your management of a sporting injury – 1000 word essay, fully referenced.

b) Viva Voce: A 20-30 minutes viva voce when candidates will be requested to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. For example: case-history taking skills, taping/strapping.

c) Work-based learning/reflective log: You will be required to complete 50 hours of observation/shadowing of experienced sports care practitioners and log their experience. This log will be assessed and will be awarded either a pass or refer.


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