Osteopathy students

​The MOst involves a minimum of 25 hours theory and practical classes per week. Clinic work forms the focal point of the course. The clinical component is significant and the level of achievement is high. These standards are at the core of BCOM’s high academic reputation throughout the osteopathic sector and seek to surpass the minimum of General Osteopathic Council's Osteopathic Practice Standards

Years one and two are essentially delivered via traditional lectures, whereas years three to four incorporate a more problem-based learning approach using clinical situations with real patients. A tutorial system throughout the course provides feedback and guidance.

The MOst also makes wide use of new media and digital learning, including interactive anatomy and physiology software and the provision of a comprehensive lecture note, research resource and digital learning archive integrated into its innovative and much-praised intranet, Osteonet.

Due to its large clinical component, the college is operational for 51 weeks per year. The academic year is three terms of 12 weeks during a 36-week year in years one and two and a 45-week year in years three and four. There will be clinical training outside term times in years three and four. A high percentage of practical study demonstrates the skills required to become an Osteopath. 

Assessment takes the form of formal examinations, coursework, practical and clinical assessments, vivas and a research paper. Final examinations are usually set at or near the end of the academic year and all students will receive an assessment schedule. This timetable is published on Osteonet.

The MOst replaced BCOM’s traditional dissertation with an innovative, publication-ready research paper and the best BCOM student research has been presented at international osteopathic conferences. For further information please contact Admissions at admissions@bcom.ac.uk or go to our website.