The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)

PgCert Children's Osteopathy

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 three modules will cover the main age groups and their common presenting conditions with a great deal of time devoted to the infant. 

    The majority of teaching will be clinical supervision with teaching demonstrations and guidance. A wide range of osteopathic approaches will be included and the faculty comprises experienced paediatric osteopaths from traditional, classical and cranial backgrounds. Assessment will be primarily clinical and include assessments from peers, patients and faculty.

    Core modules

    • Birth and Delivery (BCOM7001)

    • Infant and the Developing Child (BCOM7002)

    • The Older Child (BCOM7003)

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 and have a proportion of children as your caseload.
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)
You will have enhanced DBS checks and these will be assessed on individual merit under the Plymouth University guidelines.

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.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Children’s Osteopathy is a postgraduate award at masters level aimed at osteopaths who wish to enhance their ability to deal with paediatric patients.

The emphasis of the course is to enable you to develop clinical skills, and learning will be structured around the specialist Children’s Graduate Clinic, with a focus on developing clinical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.

You'll be taught through didactic lectures, seminars and tutorials, and also in the BCOM postgraduate children’s teaching clinic.

Assessment is through both written assessments and Integrated clinical structured examinations (a form of viva voce).

This is a 60 credit Level 7 award.


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