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British College of Osteopathic Medicine

Osteopathy

UCAS Code: B312

Master of Osteopathy - MOst

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Applicants should hold a minimum of 3 GCE A-levels, normally including Biology. Preferably second Science subjects include: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physical Education, Psychology, Physics or Sports Science.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

We will consider other BTEC qualifications, with relevant science and health related subjects, in conjunction with A-level or equivalent qualifications. Please contact our Admissions Team for further assistance.

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We will consider a wide range of qualifications. Applications from mature and international students with equivalent qualifications are welcome.

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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2019

BCOM is internationally renowned for its uniquely holistic or naturopathic approach to osteopathic education and patient care. The college provides a four-year full-time Undergraduate Masters in Osteopathy degree course that delivers the technical skills and experience required to develop safe and competent graduates who are eligible to register with the General Osteopathic Council and work in the UK as osteopaths. BCOM’s unique naturopathic course means our graduates are also naturopaths upon successful completion of the degree course.

Known for the support we provide to students and for the quality of our teaching, BCOM students receive a solid understanding of human anatomy, physiology and nutrition, as well as developing soft tissue and osteopathic techniques. BCOM students also treat a diversity of NHS referral patients in our in-house training clinic.

The college was founded in 1936 by Stanley Lief, the renowned naturopathic osteopath who also founded the Champneys spa. Over the years the college has become a sector leader in osteopathic teaching and research. BCOM’s well established osteopathic teaching clinic in Frazer House offers approximately 20,000 patient appointments each year. Naturopathic, or holistic, osteopathy is a combined treatment. Focusing on more than diagnosing and treating the structural and mechanical problems of the body related to the spine and back, the holistic approach lays emphasis on a preventative approach to health promotion by taking into account the patient’s physical make-up, nutritional intake, psycho-social factors and lifestyle.

BCOM is noted for its warm and friendly atmosphere. The supportive atmosphere between students and staff is exceptional, providing a close-knit support network for all.

The College’s London location is ideal to enjoy all that the capital has to offer. BCOM is situated in elegant Hampstead, one of the city’s most desirable areas, much loved by Londoners for its green spaces, notably Hampstead Heath. Within easy reach of the college are pleasant, affordable areas in which to live, a buzzing multicultural world of cheap eats, health-food shops and international markets. In addition, in London students can use many special passes and offers making life much more affordable.Just 15 minutes from the recreation hub of the West End by tube; at BCOM, you really are just moments from it all.

This integrated degree course provides students with 1000–1200 hours of clinical experience whilst also developing key business skills and research experience, enabling our graduates to work in established clinics or to build their own practises. BCOM graduates have pursued successful careers working with athletes, corporate consultancy, university-level teaching, work with animals and medical research.

Modules

Year One Modules

• Principles of Naturopathic Osteopathy • Physiology (including Cardio-respiratory, Renal and Endocrine Physiology) • Osteopathic Practice (including Osteopathic Techniques and Soft Tissue Techniques) • GI Nutrition (including Bio-chemistry) • Anatomy: Musculoskeletal Anatomy • Anatomy: Neuroanatomy (anatomy classes include weekly visits to the Dissection Room of University College Hospital)

Year Two Modules

• Pathology and Diagnosis (including Clinical Methods) • Osteopathic Practice (including Osteopathic Diagnosis and Techniques, Clinical Soft Tissue Techniques and Clinical Theory & Observation in BCOM’s teaching clinic) • Nutrition and Dietetics • Exercise Physiology (including practical classes in BCOM’s Human Performance Lab) • Biomechanics (including Spinal Mechanics and Peripheral Mechanics) • Anatomy and Physiology (anatomy classes include weekly visits to the Dissection Room of University College Hospital in Semester 1 of Year 2)

Year Three Modules

• Research Methodology • Psychology • Paediatrics • Osteopathic Techniques (including Applied Natural Therapeutics, Hydrotherapy and Osteopathic Techniques including Visceral techniques) • Musculoskeletal Conditions (including Rheumatology, Orthopaedics and Imaging) • Clinic Theory and Practice (including Applied Pharmacology and Clinical Practice in BCOM’s teaching clinic)

Year Four Modules

• Clinical Rheumatology and Orthopaedics • Clinical Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Dermatology and Gerontology • Practice Management and Audit (business skills) • Clinical Psychology • Research Investigation (students collect primary data and produce a piece of original research. Some students may have their dissertation published in peer reviewed journals and/or presented at conferences) • Clinical Osteopathic Practice (including Clinical Practice in BCOM’s teaching clinic and Osteopathic Techniques including Cranial techniques)

Assessment methods

Students are assessed through a variety of methods: coursework, examinations, presentations, vivas, OSCE, practical and clinical assessments.

The teaching offered at BCOM has been given the highest praise at external review (General Osteopathic Council/Quality Assurance Agency).

BCOM has a strong research profile which helps inform teaching and learning throughout the curriculum. Research not only aids in teaching at BCOM but evidence based medicine is increasingly required to demonstrate the efficacy of treatments. Year 3 and 4 students undertake a research project which results in a project (dissertation) that is presented as a publishable paper. Students collect primary data and produce a piece of original research. Some students may have their dissertation published in peer reviewed journals and/or presented at conferences.

BCOM clinical students see on average 20% more than the recommended 50 new patients currently recommended by the QAA Benchmark statement on Osteopathy, and our NHS contract allows our clinical students to see a wide array of patients and conditions.

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