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Bachelor of Osteopathic Medicine (BOst)

Course information

Course Summary

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. 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.

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Course Code:N0001
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 6
Award:Bachelor of Osteopathic Medicine (BOst)
Awarded by:Kingston University
Course Length

Four years

UCAS Course CodeB991
UCAS Abbreviated TitleBSc/OsMed
UCAS Institutional CodeNESCT N49
Course Detail

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 our modern newly built student clinic in which students are involved from Year 1. 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. Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.

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.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4):

  • Anatomical Structure & Function
  • Osteopathic Principles & Technique 1
  • Introduction to Professional Practice

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5):

  • Human Disease & Dysfunction
  • Diagnostic Studies
  • Osteopathic Principles & Technique 2
  • Foundation in Professional Practice

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6):

  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Developing Scope of Practice
  • Osteopathic Principles & Technique 3
  • Developing Professional Practice

Year 4 (FHEQ Level 6):

  • Research Proposal
  • Applied Osteopathic Medicine
  • Autonomous Professional Practice

Assessment:

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.

A detailed Programme Specification can be viewed by clicking here.

Course Fees

Fees for 2020/21 Entry

Annual Fees: £8,552


Concession: NO
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES (Higher education loan may be available)

Please note: Fees are for 2020/21 entry and are for home and EU students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.


Osteopathy students may incur some of the following additional costs:

Clinical Tunics (approximately - £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.

Entry Requirements

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

Looking to study Osteopathy in the UK?

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.

Your Next Steps

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.

Other Information

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Student Terms and Conditions and Academic Regulations for HE Students

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Disclaimer:

This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2019. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 27/06/19