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Osteopathic Medicine

University-Level Courses

Available Courses

The Osteopathy Department

The International College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) at Nescot is the only accredited UK provider of osteopathic education within a further education college. We have almost twenty years of experience in helping our learners to achieve their goals.

Osteopathy is an established, state regulated system of diagnosis and treatment which attends to the structural integrity of the body. It recognises that pain and disability are caused as much by poor function of body structure as damage from disease and trauma.

ICOM currently offers both a full time Bachelor of Osteopathic Medicine (BOst) and Integrated Masters (MOst) validated by Kingston University.

Our Staff

You will find our teaching team knowledgeable, very experienced, energetic, challenging, but fun to learn from. All of our tutors hold professional teaching qualifications and have a wealth of educational experience in getting the best out of our students.

We believe it is important to give you exposure to a wide range of approaches to osteopathy and this is reflected in our diverse teaching team who are graduates from the different osteopathic teaching institutions. We are proud of our roots in ‘Classical’ osteopathy and this approach continues to influence our curriculum. Providing this breadth as well as depth of knowledge will give you an unparalleled understanding of the profession you are entering, as well as the skills and ethics essential for safe, competent practice. With the added support of Nescot’s services and facilities, you could not ask for a better start to your osteopathic career.

Maddie Gleave - Head of Osteopathy

Maddie has a masters in Osteopathy from University College of Osteopathy (previously the British School of Osteopathy) and a bachelor’s degree in Sports Therapy; before qualifying as an Osteopath, she worked in corporate fitness and strength and conditioning. Maddie has combined her private practice with working in education since 2013 and has been at Nescot since 2016. Her roles include overseeing and managing the International Programmes, module coordination, research supervision, clinical tutoring and lecturing. Maddie is a keen athlete and has compete in Ironman Triathlon, Ultra & regular marathons, long distance open water swimming and is currently preparing for a Breca swimrun event in Wales.

Marcus Walia - Head of Osteopathy

Marcus Walia qualified as an osteopath in 2003, from the College of Osteopaths. Since qualifying, he has worked in private practice in the Surrey area in a number of environments including health clubs, corporate healthcare and multi-disciplinary practices. Marcus has worked in osteopathic education since 2006 in a variety of roles that include clinic tutoring, lecturing, dissertation supervision and course management. Marcus’ particular area of clinical expertise and passion is in integrating ‘hands-on’ treatment with movement based rehabilitation to facilitate a quick recovery and return to activity. Marcus’ post-graduate qualifications include movement assessment and retraining, sports injury rehabilitation and medical acupuncture.

Our Facilities

Third and fourth year students treat fee-paying patients in our fully equipped osteopathy clinic as part of their clinical training. Students in the lower years are also permitted to observe within the clinics, as we understand your desire to be involved with the treatment of patients as soon as possible. The clinics are staffed by highly qualified and experienced tutors who will supervise you in assessing clients and treating patients. The clinics provide a full range of osteopathic treatments and you will encounter patients of all ages and lifestyles. You will also gain experience in patient management, taking case histories and diagnosis.

Your Career

Once you qualify with us you will be able to register with the General Osteopathic Council and work as an independent practitioner, contractually within the NHS or even overseas.

Photograph of a Nescot student

I qualified as an Osteopath at Nescot in June 2017. This was a complete career change for me. After a short access course I was accepted onto the main course. The tutors were approachable and supportive and the work was challenging and varied. I'm now building up my own practice, working from home. I am so glad that I took the plunge into this new career.

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