The Bachelor of Osteopathic Medicine (B.OSt) is a dynamic programme taught by expert and enthusiastic staff, and provides students with the understanding and skill required for success as practicing osteopaths.
Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.
|Study Type:||Full Time|
|Academic Level:||Level 6|
|Awarded by:||Kingston University|
|UCAS Course Code||B991|
|UCAS Abbreviated Title||BSc/OsMed|
|UCAS Institutional Code||NESCT N49|
The programme is recognised by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and on successful completion students are eligible to register as an osteopath with the GOsC. It gives students exposure to a wide range of approaches to osteopathy and this is reflected in a diverse teaching team who are graduates from the different osteopathic teaching institutions. A key strength of the programme at Nescot is that all staff hold a teaching qualification and are involved in continuing professional development in their areas of osteopathic expertise. This ensures students receive both expert teaching as well as an osteopathic curriculum that is engaging and up to date. We are very proud of our roots in ‘Classical’ osteopathy and this approach continues to influence the curriculum. By providing breadth as well as a depth of knowledge this programme gives students unparalleled understanding of the osteopathic profession, as well as the skills and ethics essential for safe, competent practice.
Another key feature of the programme is the student clinic in which students are involved from Year 1 and where they eventually complete at least 1000 hours of training. The clinics are staffed by highly qualified and experienced tutors who supervise students in assessing and treating patients. The clinics provide a broad range of experience and students encounter patients of all ages and lifestyles as well as opportunity to work in specialist clinics such as paediatrics and sports injuries. Students gain experience in patient management, taking case histories, diagnosis and treatment. They are guaranteed a high level of support in the clinic and are allocated a personal clinic tutor and scheduled regular one-to-one tutorial sessions.
The programme is supported by Weblearn, a very robust on-line learning environment, which provides flexible access to lecture presentations and hand-outs, links to online journals and e-books, programme handbooks, upload links for assessments, academic forums and a record of tutorials.
At the end of year 3 students who have achieved an aggregate mark of 60% or above have the option to apply to transfer to the Master of Osteopathic Medicine (M.Ost) award. This higher award provides further skills for those students interested in future careers in lecturing and/or research as well as the opportunity to complete and potentially publishable full research project.
Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4):
Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5):
Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6):
Year 4 (FHEQ Level 6):
Assessment is by written examination, coursework, practical exam, viva and research proposal.
The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.
Osteopathy students may incur some of the following additional costs: -
Year 1 - Clinic Tunics (approx cost of £25)
Year 2 - Stethoscope, Sphygmomanometer (Blood Pressure Cuff), Patella Hammer and ideally an Ophthalmoscope. The approximate costs of these items of equipment is £200 which have to be purchased at the start of the year.
Year 4 - Robes for Graduation (optional)
The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:
From A levels: 96 UCAS Tariff points, including science based subjects
BTEC: 96 UCAS Tariff points
Access Diploma: Pass with 60 credits (Science based)
Plus: GCSE (A*-C): minimum of five subjects including Mathematics and English Language.
We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer. Applications from international students with equivalent qualifications are welcome.
A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5, or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance is required
Nescot has been awarded ‘Sponsor Status’ from the UK Border Agency and is now accepting applications from students outside the European Union. International students need a minimum IELTs score of 6.5 to show competence in all four assessed areas. Application is via UCAS.
Most osteopaths are self-employed and work in the private sector, although some are working in multi-disciplinary environments within the NHS and in occupational healthcare in public bodies and private companies.