The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM)

MOst Osteopathy

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

Do you want to become a safe, competent and effective practitioner of osteopathy? Want to be eligible to register in the UK with the General Osteopathic Council? Our masters in osteopathy (MOst) will enable you to do this with confidence and with 80 per cent of our graduates in full-time osteopathic employment within six months of graduation, we provide you with an excellent education towards a career with a bright future.

  • Integrate academic scientific, anatomical, theoretical and research knowledge with applied clinical osteopathic and naturopathic skills.
  • Graduate with British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM), highly respected and historically significant stand-alone Diploma in Naturopathy as well as the MOst Osteopathy.
  • You'll graduate with a validated degree of University of Plymouth.
  • Benefit from a minimum of 25 hours theory and practical classes per week.
  • Deepen your knowledge with a course designed to surpass the minimum requirements as set by the General Osteopathic Council's Osteopathic Practice Standards.
  • Enhance your learning making wide use of new media and digital learning, including access to acclaimed interactive anatomy and physiology software.
  • Benefit from our intranet Osteonet providing you with comprehensive lecture notes, research resources and a digital learning archive.
  • Visit the British College of Osteopathic Medicine website for more information.
Open days 

The College hosts regular open day events; normally these are held from October onwards enabling you to visit and experience the College before responding to any offer from UCAS. We strongly recommend that as an applicant or potential applicant, you attend one of these days if possible.

We received very positive responses about the BCOM open day experience. In a recent survey, 100 per cent of responding participants described the experience as 'very useful', citing their favourite parts of the day as being the clinic demonstration, a clinic observation talk speaking to students during a practical class and the general question and answer session.

Further information on open days and tours at BCOM
Course details
  • Year 1

  • You’ll learn through lectures in three terms of 12 weeks during a 36 week year. You’ll have feedback and guidance through our tutorial system and make wide use of new media and digital learning including interactive anatomy and physiology software. Our intranet Osteonet provides you with comprehensive lecture notes, research resources and a digital learning archive. Assessment takes the form of formal examinations, coursework, practical and clinical assessments.

    Core modules

    • Gastrointestinal System, Nutrition & Biochemistry (MOST4015)

    • Physiology 1 (MOST4017)

    • Principles of Naturopathic Osteopathy (MOST4018)

    • Anatomy 1: Musculoskeletal Anatomy (MOST4019)

      The nature and structure of the connective tissues and the muscular system form the foundation to the module. The classification, names, markings and position of each bone and the classification and structure of each joint in the human body are covered in detail. The module runs contemporaneously with the practical osteopathy modules (MOST4021) to cover palpational elements of surface anatomy

    • Anatomy 2: Neuro-anatomy (MOST4020)

      The module covers the structures and features that comprise of the nervous system in the human body. The module links with anatomy I (MOST4019) and practical osteopathic sessions to provide students with proficient knowledge. The classroom based teaching is supported by cadaver dissection

    • Osteopathic Practice 1 (MOST4021)

      The module serves as an introduction to osteopathic and soft tissue techniques. Content of the module includes development of psycho-motor skills, observation and palpation of skeletal and muscular system.

  • Year 2

  • You’ll continue to learn through lectures in three terms of 12 weeks during a 36 week year. You’ll continue to receive feedback and guidance through our tutorial system and make wide use of new media, digital learning and Osteonet. Assessment takes the form of formal examinations, coursework, practical and clinical assessments.

    Core modules

    • Anatomy and Physiology (MOST5017)

      The module continues from previous modules and covers additional areas of physiology & anatomy. At the end of the module students should have a more comprehensive understanding of the physiological system and its integration with anatomy. The basic understanding gained in this module is brought into a more clinical context to provide a comprehensive integrated knowledge of human anatomy and physiology

    • Biomechanics (MOST5018)

      The module covers comprehensively the biomechanics associated with the spine and peripheral joints in health and in disease. The content of the module includes healthy motion, mechanics, pain, injury, whiplash; age related changes, therapeutic implications as well as the introduction to imaging and diagnosis. The module will also cover the theoretical appreciation of joint mechanics, including the forces involved physiological considerations and clinical manifestations

    • Osteopathic Practice 2 (MOST5019)

      The module integrates previously taught theoretical and practical knowledge whilst continuing to develop existing and new osteopathic and soft tissue techniques to prepare students for clinic. This module also enhances the concept of osteopathic diagnosis and introduces specific physical diagnostic/screening tests and introduces students to clinical practice

    • Pathology and Diagnosis (MOST5020)

      The module covers cellular basis of disease and injury, body defence, repair and regeneration. The module content coincides with normal physiology covered in other modules to integrate structure, function, control, pathology and clinical presentation of the major physiological systems. The module uses a combination of practical and theoretical sessions to train students in the skills of physical examination and diagnosis

    • Exercise Physiology (MOST5021)

      The module uses a combination of lectures, practicals and workshops to give an understanding on the theoretical and applied physiological effects of exercise and exercise training. The module serves to provide students with a toolbox which will enhance confidence in exercise prescription for; injuries, common conditions and performance in normal, special and athletic populations. It will also give an insight into collecting and interpreting physical assessment data.

    • Functional Nutrition (MOST5022)

      Review of functional medicine matrix and revision of clinical imbalance pathways. Clinical nutrition topics, covering the major physiological systems and the nutritional aspects of these systems, along with common nutritional disorders and dietary treatment. How to undertake clinical case history for nutrition, patient compliance and case histories.

  • Year 3

  • You’ll incorporate a more problem-based learning approach using clinical situations with real patients. You’ll study over a 45 week year which includes clinical training outside term times to enhance your practical abilities. You’ll continue to receive feedback and guidance through our tutorial system and make wide use of new media, digital learning and Osteonet. Assessment takes the form of formal examinations, coursework, practical and clinical assessments.

    Core modules

    • Clinical Theory and Practice (MOST6011)

    • Paediatrics (MOST6014)

    • Psychology (MOST6015)

    • Research Methods (MOST6016)

    • Musculoskeletal conditions (MOST6017)

      The module provides an understanding of orthopaedic and rheumatological conditions and introduces the basic concepts of radiographic/imaging techniques such as X-ray, MRI, CT and ultrasound.

    • Osteopathic Techniques (MOST6018)

      The module continues from level 4 and 5 modules in osteopathic practice and integrates previously taught theoretical and practical skills for safe, effective and efficient clinical application of osteopathic techniques to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions. The modules also introduces clinical application of osteopathic techniques for viscera.

  • Final year

  • You’ll continue to incorporate a more problem-based learning approach using clinical situations with real patients. You’ll study over a 45 week year which includes clinical training outside term times to enhance your practical abilities. Assessment takes the form of formal examinations, coursework, practical and clinical assessments, vivas and a research paper. The best BCOM student research has been presented at international osteopathic conferences.

    Core modules

    • Practice Management, Ethics and Audit (MOST7004)

    • Clinical Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Dermatology and Gerontology (MOST7007)

    • Clinical Rheumatology & Orthopaedics (MOST7008)

    • Clinical Psychology (MOST7009)

    • Research Investigation (MOST7011)

    • Clinical Osteopathic Practice (MOST7012)

      This module builds on Level 6 modules and aims to further develop integration of knowledge and skills, whilst the learner engages in a self-critical, reflective clinical practice.

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

UCAS tariff

112

Standard entry

Three A levels, including biology, with the grades B, B, C (112 UCAS Tariff points). In addition, we require five GCSEs passes including mathematics and English (at grades A-C). Other UK qualifications/ pathways that enable entry to the course include a recognised equivalent qualification e.g. BTEC, HND, science foundation course, science access course and Scottish Highers.
 

Graduate entry

We welcome applications from those with previous degrees and from mature students. We consider these on an individual basis, taking into account the applicant’s academic and life experiences to date. Demonstrable evidence of the study of biology will usually be required but applicants holding good degrees (2.1 or above) in non-science/-health subjects will be considered on merit. Students with relevant medical or scientific qualifications may gain exemption from parts of the course at the discretion of the Exemption Panel of the College. Applications for exemption must be submitted at the start of each relevant academic year.  

International students

Applications are invited from overseas students who possess recognised A level equivalent qualifications, e.g. International Baccalaureate, gymnasium or entry to a university biological science degree. Overseas students must also possess a Use of English Qualification at an appropriate medical-science level, e.g. IELTS > 6.5.

Medical doctors

Applications from medical doctors are welcome. Students with relevant medical qualifications may gain exemption from parts of the course at the discretion of the Exemption Panel of the College. For more details, please contact our Admissions Team.
 
DBS and health statements

In addition to the above criteria, you will be required to complete Student Medical Disclosure (supported by a medical letter from the GP) as well as undertake the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS; formerly CRB) clearance prior to enrolling onto the Masters in Osteopathy course.

For further information please contact admissions at admissions@bcom.ac.uk or call 020 7435 6464. 
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.

There are a number of funding options available to students, for further information please go to  https://www.bcom.ac.uk/admissions-courses/funding-fees/


How to apply
All enquiries about making an undergraduate application can go in the first instance to our Admissions Team: admissions@bcom.ac.uk

Formal application for entry as an undergraduate must be made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).   

The admissions process at BCOM starts in October of the preceding year and applicants are encouraged to submit their applications by mid-January. UCAS will accept applications after this date, but it is left to the institution's discretion whether such applications are considered. At BCOM we accept applications for consideration throughout the annual UCAS cycle, and we try to ensure all prospective candidates will receive consideration (subject to places availability). 

Interview

It is College policy to interview all students whose UCAS application demonstrates appropriate academic study/qualifications, a clearly stated interest in the Osteopathic profession. Acceptable references must be provided. Interviews take place at the College with the Admissions Panel.
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.