General Osteopathic Council

Training courses

On this page there is information about osteopathy training courses recognised by the General Osteopathic Council.

 If you wish to study in the UK to become an osteopath, you must successfully complete one of the 'recognised' courses below to be eligible to apply for registration with us. As well as the name of the institution and the courses each offers, we also provide details of when courses were recognised, latest reviews of the courses and any conditions attached to the approval. Click on a course provider’s name to go straight to information about their courses.

Details of previously recognised qualifications can be found in our History of Recognised Qualifications - October 2013.

New courses are recognised from time to time and when there are courses seeking recognition we will include information about them on this website. 

Monitoring standards of education

As part of our ongoing monitoring of standards of education, we conduct a major review of each course on a regular basis, usually every three to five years. The review is undertaken by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education on our behalf and information about the process can be found on the QAA website.

You are invited to submit feedback to the QAA by emailing Barbara Edwards on bea.edwards@qaa.ac.uk. Details can be found in the Protocol for unsolicited information.

Feedback or concerns

If you have any feedback or concerns in relation to osteopathic education or the courses we recognise please contact Marcus Dye on mdye@osteopathy.org.uk or 020 7357 6655 ext 240. All contacts with us will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Course providers, courses and course information 

British College of Osteopathic Medicine

British College of Osteopathic Medicine
(validated by Plymouth University)
Contact details
Web www.bcom.ac.uk
Main telephone 020 7435 6464
Clinic telephone 020 7435 7830
Fax number 020 7431 3630
Email info@bcom.ac.uk
Address Lief House, 120-122, Finchley Road, London, NW3 5HR
Qualification Apply RQ Approval                  Review report Conditions   

Masters in Osteopathy (M.Ost) 4 yrs FT

UCAS course code 312

1 October 2013 - 30 September 2018

January 2013

Conditions A, B and C are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Bachelors in Osteopathic Medicine (B.OstMed)
4 yrs FT

UCAS

1 October 2013 - 30 September 2018

January 2013

Conditions A, B and C are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Diploma in Osteopathy
4 yrs FT

Directly

1 October 2013 - 30 September 2018

 

January 2013

Conditions A, B and C are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.


 The British School of Osteopathy

The British School of Osteopathy
(validated by University of Bedfordshire)
Contact details
Web www.bso.ac.uk
Main telephone 020 7407 0222
Clinic telephone 020 7089 5360
Clinic address 98-118 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0BQ
Teaching centre address 275 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JE
Qualification         Apply  RQ Approval                        Review report  Conditions

Master of Osteopathy

  • 4 yrs FT
  • 5 yrs PT
  • 5 yrs PT (3 yrs PT and 2 yrs FT) 
UCAS

1 October 2013 - 30 April 2017

May 2012

Conditions A, B and C have been fulfilled. Conditions D, E and F are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Bachelor of Osteopathy

  • 4 yrs FT 
  • 5 yrs PT
  • 5 yrs (3 yrs PT and 2 yrs FT)

Directly

1 October 2013 - 30 April 2017

May 2012

Conditions A, B and C have been fulfilled. Conditions D, E and F are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

 

Master of Science in Osteopathy (Pre - registration)

Directly

1 May 2012 - 30 April 2017

May 2012

Conditions A, B, C and G have been fulfilled. Conditions D, E and F are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.



College of Osteopaths validated by Middlesex University

College of Osteopaths
(validated by Middlesex University)
Contact details
Web www.collegeofosteopaths.ac.uk
Main telephone 020 8905 1937
Clinic telephone 020 8905 1395
Fax number 020 8953 6140
Email admin@collegeofosteopaths.ac.uk
Address 13 Furzehill Road, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 2DG
Qualification              Apply RQ     Approval                   Review report  Conditions 

BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
5/6 yrs PT

Directly

1 January 2010-
31 December 2014

November 2008

Condition A has been fulfilled.
Conditions B and C are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Bachelor of Osteopathy

5yrs PT

Directly 

1 May 2012 - 30 April 2017

May 2012

Conditions A, B, C, D and E have been fulfilled. Conditions F, G and H are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Master of Osteopathy

5yrs PT

Directly

1 May 2012 - 30 April 2017

May 2012

Conditions A, B, C, D and E have been fulfilled. Conditions F, G and H are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

 

College of Osteopaths validated by Keele University

College of Osteopaths
(validated by Staffordshire University)
Contact details
Web www.staffs.ac.uk
www.collegeofosteopaths.ac.uk
Email osteopathy@staffs.ac.uk
Main telephone 01782 294 596
Clinic telephone 01782 660 600
Address Osteopathy Programme, Faculty of Health Sciences, Staffordshire University, Brindley Building, Leek Road Campus, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST4 2DF
Qualification           Apply RQ    Approval                   Review report  Conditions

Bachelor of Osteopathy

5 yrs PT

Directly

1 May 2012 - 30 April 2017

May 2012

 

Conditions A, B, C, D and E have been fulfilled. Conditions F, G and H are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Master of Osteopathy5yrs PT

Directly

1 May 2012 - 30 April 2017

May 2012

Conditions A, B, C, D and E have been fulfilled. Conditions F, G and H are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

 
European School of Osteopathy

European School of Osteopathy
(validated by University of Greenwich)
Contact details
Web www.eso.ac.uk
Main telephone 01622 671 558
Clinic telephone 01622 685 989
Fax number 01622 662 165
Email info@eso.ac.uk
Address Boxley House, The Street, Boxley, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3DZ
Qualification  Apply  RQ Approval                    Review report  Conditions

BSc (Hons) Osteopathy 4yrs FT

UCAS

1 January 2012 -
31 August 2014

November 2009

There was a review of qualifications at ESO in Autumn 2013, which will be considered by Council on 1 May 2014.

Conditions A, B, C and D are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Master of Osteopathy
4 yrs FT

UCAS

1 September 2009 -
31 August 2014

November 2009

There was a review of qualifications at ESO in Autumn 2013, which will be considered by Council on 1 May 2014.

 

Conditions A, B, C and D are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.


Leeds Metropolitan University

Leeds Metropolitan University
Contact details
Web www.leedsmet.ac.uk
Main telephone 0113 283 3113
Address Leeds Metropolitan University, Civic Quarter, Leeds, LS1 3HE
Qualification          Apply RQ Approval                      Review Report      Conditions

Master of Osteopathy
4 yrs FT
No longer recruiting new students

 UCAS

1 August 2013 - 31 July 2018  

October 2012

Conditions A, B and C are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

 

London College of Osteopathic Medicine
(qualified medical doctors)
Contact details
Web www.lcom.org.uk
Main telephone 020 7262 5250
Clinic telephone 020 7262 1128
Fax number 020 7723 7492
Address 8-10 Boston Place, London, NW1 6QH
Qualification    Apply  RQ   Approval                       Review report      Conditions

Member of LCOM
18 months (for medical doctors only)

Directly

1 January 2010-
31 December 2014

January 2009

There will be a review of qualifications at LCOM on 14-16 March 2014. You are invited to submit feedback to the QAA by emailing Barbara Edwards on bea.edwards@qaa.ac.uk

Conditions A and B have been fulfilled.Conditions C, D and E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

  London School of Osteopathy

London School of Osteopathy
(validated by Anglia Ruskin University)
Contact details
Web www.lso.ac.uk
Main telephone 020 7237 1422
Clinic telephone 020 8983 7133
Fax number 020 7237 5859
Address 12 Grange Road, London SE1 3BE
Qualification         Apply RQ Approval                       Review report     Conditions

Bachelor of Osteopathy (Hons)
6 yrs PT

4 yrs FT

Directly

1 September 2009 -
31 August 2014

December 2009

There was a review of qualifications at LSO in Autumn 2013, which will be considered by Council on 1 May 2014.

Conditions B and C have been fulfilled.
Conditions A, D, E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Master of Osteopathy
6 yrs PT

4 yrs FT

Directly

1 September 2009 -
31 August 2014

December 2009

There was a review of qualifications at LSO in Autumn 2013, which will be considered by Council on 1 May 2014.

Conditions B and C have been fulfilled.
Conditions A, D, E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.


Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University 
Contact details
Web www.brookes.ac.uk
Main telephone 01865 482 586
Clinic telephone 01865 484 158
Fax number 01865 484 163
Email osteopathy@brookes.ac.uk
Address Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Jack Straw's Lane, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0FL
Qualification Apply  RQ Approval                   Review report   Conditions

Bachelor of Osteopathy 
4 yrs FT
No longer recruiting new students

UCAS

1 January 2012 -
31 December 2016

 May 2011

There will be a review of qualifications at OBU on 6-8 March 2014. You are invited to submit feedback to the QAA by emailing Barbara Edwards on bea.edwards@qaa.ac.uk

Conditions A and B are fulfilled on an annual basis.Conditions C, D and E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Master of Osteopathy 
4 yrs FT
No longer recruiting new students

UCAS

1 January 2012 -
31 December 2016

 May 2011

There will be a review of qualifications at OBU on 6-8 March 2014. You are invited to submit feedback to the QAA by emailing Barbara Edwards on bea.edwards@qaa.ac.uk

Conditions A and B are fulfilled on an annual basis. Conditions C, D and E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

BSc (Hons) Osteopathy
5yrs FT
No longer recruiting new students

UCAS

1 January 2012 -
31 December 2016

 May 2011

There will be a review of qualifications at OBU on 6-8 March 2014. You are invited to submit feedback to the QAA by emailing Barbara Edwards on bea.edwards@qaa.ac.uk

Conditions A and B are fulfilled on an annual basis. Conditions C, D and E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.


Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine

Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine (SIOM) at NESCOT
(validated by University of Surrey)
Contact details
Web www.nescot.ac.uk
Main telephone 020 8394 1731
Clinic telephone 020 8394 3154
Fax number 020 8394 3030
Address NESCOT, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS
Qualification  Apply  RQ Approval Review report  Conditions

Master of Osteopathic Medicine
4½ yrs FT 

UCAS

1 November 2013 - 31 October 2018

 

February 2013

Condition A has been fulfilled. Condition B will continue to be reported on every year during the recognition period.
Conditions C,D and E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis. 

BSc (Hons) Osteopathic Medicine
4 yrs FT

UCAS

1 November 2013 - 31 October 2018

 

February 2013

 

Condition A has been fulfilled. Condition B will continue to be reported on every year during the recognition period. 
Conditions C,D and E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

Bachelor in Osteopathic Medicine
4 yrs FT

UCAS

1 March 2013 - 31 October 2018

 

 

Condition A has been fulfilled. Condition B will continue to be reported on every year during the recognition period. 
Conditions C,D and E are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.

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Swansea University
Contact details
Web www.swan.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/human-and-health-sciences/mostosteopathy
Main telephone 01792 205 678
Clinic telephone 01792 518 600
Fax number 01792 295 487
Address Swansea University, College of Human and Health Sciences, Glyndwr Building, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP
Qualification  Apply  RQ Approval                      Review report Conditions

Master of Osteopathy
4 yrs FT 

 UCAS

15 December 2011 -
14 December 2014

July 2011

This report is also available in Welsh

There was a review of qualifications at Swansea in Spring 2014. The Education and Registration Standards Committee will consider the QAA report at its next meeting on 25 June 2014.

Conditions A, B and C have been fulfilled.

Conditions D, E and F are generic conditions which apply to all recognised courses and are fulfilled on an annual basis.