British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)

BSc (Hons) Osteopathy (Conversion Course)

The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is internationally regarded as one of the world’s best specialist osteopathic education institutions. BCOM has become a world leader in osteopathic education and research with the most full-time academic staff in any UK osteopathic college. BCOM was the first institution in the UK to offer an osteopathic honours degree and to achieve a landmark 'approval without conditions' QAA led RQ recognition from the General Osteopathic Council for two consecutive reviews. 

BCOM is a small osteopathic institution known for its friendliness and approachability of its staff with a high level of support, both pastoral and academic.


Key features

Have you successfully been awarded an osteopathy diploma and want to take it to the next level? Take our ten month top-up course with the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) and earn an honours degree and the experience and skills to step confidently into your first professional role. You’ll enhance your awareness of research methods, advances in osteopathic medicine and reflective practice, and hone your skills by writing a journal-ready research paper.

Our course is structured into two parts: teaching and research

Part one - block-teaching attendance

  • Benefit from 60 hours of lectures and workshops in two blocks covering the taught modules: research methods, advances in osteopathic medicine and reflective practice.
  • Flexibly attend both teaching blocks at the BCOM in London or another designated European campus.
  • Each module represents around 150 hours of your study time (300 for the double module reflective practice, including reflection on your individual practice history).
Part two - project: research paper
  • Build on your theoretical understanding with an in-practice research element. This will include patient data collection and processing, as well as developing a supporting theory and proposal, leading to the creation of a journal-ready paper.
  • Feel supported with regular contact with your supervisors – either in person, by email, phone, or fax – which will help assist you with your final project presentation.
  • Your research project will begin straight after the teaching part of the course has been completed. From start to finish this will take around 300 hours of study time, over a period up to ten months.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • You’ll take four modules covering advances in osteopathic medicine, reflective practice and research.
    Core modules
    • BOST611 Advances in Osteopathic Medicine

      The module is designed to encourage and develop a reflective review of recent advances In Osteopathic Medicine. The benefits of an extension to the evidence base to osteopathic medicine will be explored. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the impact of advances in osteopathic medicine in clinical practice, including issues relating to ethics and medico-legal matters.

    • BOST613 Research Methods

      This module is designed to equip students with the necessary research skills, tools and methods to be able to write a protocol and ethics application that in turn leads into a formal research project. The protocol is assessed for its feasibility. Data handling techniques are introduced and experience is gained with basic statistical software packages. The assessment component gives students practical experience of critically analysing published literature, analysing and interpreting statistical data. Protocol writing assesses students ability to design a valid research project in preparation for undertaking their research paper.

    • BOST614 Research Paper

      This module is integral to how the course’s core function of an academic top up to an honours degree is assessed and meets QAA criteria. The analytical and integrative skills required to produce the paper equal the standard for a BSc (Hons). The project will involve the formulation and testing of an experimental hypothesis, data analysis and a relevant discussion. Students undertake research in an area of their choosing. The culmination of this is the production of a research paper. Students are examined on their understanding of their own research and its context in the wider scientific community via combination of literature review, presentation and written research paper.

    • BOST615 Reflective Practice and Audit

    • CRED300 Level 6 Credits

      Sorry no description available at present.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Entry requirements

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  • You have completed a similar full time Diploma course (minimum of 4 years duration) and
  • Possess full professional registration with an osteopathic registering body in your country of domicile and
  • Have submitted a Curriculum Vitae plus course resume (together with osteopathic and clinical transcripts) and
  • Have fluency in the English language to the level of TOFEL 575 or IELTS 6.0 and
  • Have attended an interview to assess your suitability to meet the aims of the course.

English language requirements

Since the course is both taught and assessed in English, if your first language is not English, you must be able to demonstrate 'use of English' oral and written, to the level (or equivalent of) IELTS 6.0 (medical English).

English language requirements

Fees, costs and funding

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

How to apply

If you wish to apply for the BSc (Hons) Osteopathy conversion course, please complete a BCOM Application Form and send it to Mrs Van Treptow: vtreptow@bcom.ac.uk

Our partnership with British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)

Plymouth University 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 Plymouth University. 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.

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