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Professional body accreditation

General Osteopathic Council

Flexible learning

Our part-time course makes it easy to learn in the way that suits you

Work placements

You'll train in three clinics run by the College of Osteopaths

The College of Osteopaths
Study option:
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Develop the skills needed to enter a health profession on the UK's only part-time osteopathy course, delivered in partnership with the College of Osteopaths.

Accredited by the General Osteopathic Council, this course is the only one of its kind in the northern half of the UK. It’s ideal if you want to learn in a way that’s flexible to accommodate your career and family commitments.

This course is the UK’s only 100% part-time pathway into osteopathy. It’s delivered in partnership with the College of Osteopaths, a small, specialist not-for-profit educational institution which has a 70-year history of preparing mature students for osteopathic practice.

Whether you have a degree in another subject, or no formal qualifications since leaving school, you’ll need to be a capable learner and be comfortable with the hands-on aspect of osteopathic skills.

Most importantly, you’ll possess the right personal qualities to enter a health profession and hold a position of trust and responsibility.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: B.Ost Osteopathy

Part-time study

The course can only be studied part-time.

Work placements

You will complete your clinical training in three clinics run and owned by the College of Osteopaths (Stoke, Borehamwood and Marylebone). Clinic training is in addition to your attendance during teaching weekends.

Course content

You’ll be taught over 18 weekends, spread across each academic year. You’ll also complete 1200 hours of clinic-based learning throughout the course. We have excellent student-teacher ratios, so you’ll get to know your tutors well.

You’ll combine clinic-based learning with classroom learning, self-directed home study, peer-group learning and practical sessions. There is a range of different types of assessments, including written exams, coursework, critical appraisal, presentations, and practical assessments involving patients.

Our students come from a range of backgrounds, with many having a job on top of family commitments. To help you to accommodate your other commitments, we’re flexible about when you attend the Osteopathic Teaching Clinic.

We have three clinics (London, Borehamwood and Stoke-on-Trent), open on a selection of weekdays, evenings and some Saturdays, so you can choose a time that suits. The clinics are run by experienced tutors and are open to members of the public.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.

Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6. The full-time course has one start point in September.

Professional body accreditation

Approved by the General Osteopathic Council (GOC) for the purpose of eligibility to apply for registration with that body.


This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2019/2020 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2019-2020 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Clinical Osteopathy 1
Introduction to Osteopathic Theory and Practice
Application of Osteopathic Theory and Practice
Form and Function
Function and Dysfunction
Personal and Professional Development 1
Year 2 compulsory modules
Clinical Osteopathy 2
Exploration in Osteopathic Theory and Practice
Analysis of Osteopathic Theory and Practice
Dysfunction and Disease
Health and Disease
Personal and Professional Development 2
Year 3 compulsory modules
Clinical Osteopathy 3,4,5
Integration of Osteopathic Theory and Practice
Reflection on Osteopathic Theory and Practice
Analysis of Health, Dysfunction and Disease
Personal and Professional Development 3
Professional Practice

Entry requirements

A levels: Two A levels or equivalent, preferably to include a science subject. Human Biology is particularly relevant. Experience of manual therapy, work in a therapeutic setting, and evidence of successful completion of a long-term project or CPD would be an advantage.

BTEC: As part of our commitment to widen access to the osteopathic profession, non-traditional qualifications and transferable skills, such as those gained in the workplace, may be considered alongside formal qualifications.

A short feeder course (Foundation Course in Osteopathy) is available for applicants who may need help to prepare for studying at degree level. This is a specialised part-time provision. An information pack is available by emailing

Please note: all students are required to complete a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.



Graduate destinations

Our graduates work in a number of different areas, including: working for a consortium of Osteopaths, the NHS, an osteopathic practice or multidisciplinary health centre, an occupational healthcare department of a large corporation, a professional sports club or group of elite performers, or higher education. Some students also go on to take postgraduate qualifications or a doctorate.

Teaching and assessment


You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.


Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our AccessAbility Services support students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.


You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.


You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Caroline Rowe
Caroline RoweCourse Leader

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When studied part time, the duration of the course and the amount of fees you’ll pay each year depends on the speed at which you wish to progress through it. This is called the ‘intensity of study’. The usual study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study. This would be equivalent to studying at 50 per cent course intensity.

If you follow this pattern of study you will complete the course in six years. You will pay the pro rata (equivalent) fee shown for your first year of study. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX*. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any increase as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

*RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.






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Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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