The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)

BSc (Hons) Osteopathy (Conversion Course)

The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is internationally regarded as a leading specialist osteopathic education institution and has become a world leader in osteopathic education and research. BCOM was the first institution in the UK to offer an osteopathic honours degree and was one of the first educational establishments to be accredited and meet the quality standards set by the profession’s governing body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). BCOM is known for its educational excellence, 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

    • Advances in Osteopathic Medicine (BOST601)

    • Research Methods (BOST603)

    • Research Paper (BOST604)

    • Reflective Practice and Audit (BOST615)

    • Level 6 Credits (CRED300)

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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.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Entry requirements
  • 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

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

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:

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.