Key facts

Location: Stoke-on-Trent Campus
Mode of attendance: Part-time
Duration: 5-6 years part-time,
UCAS code: Apply direct to the College of Osteopaths
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


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 one of the following awards: B.Ost (Hons) Osteopathy, M.Ost Osteopathy

Professional body accreditation

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

Part-time study

The course can only be studied part-time. The course duration is 5 years for the (B.Ost) and 5.5 years for the (M.Ost).

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.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Clinical Osteopathy 1 Compulsory
Introduction to Osteopathic Theory and Practice Compulsory
Application of Osteopathic Theory and Practice Compulsory
Form and Function Compulsory
Function and Dysfunction Compulsory
Personal and Professional Development 1 Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Clinical Osteopathy 2 Compulsory
Exploration in Osteopathic Theory and Practice Compulsory
Analysis of Osteopathic Theory and Practice Compulsory
Dysfunction and Disease Compulsory
Health and Disease Compulsory
Personal and Professional Development 2 Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Clinical Osteopathy 3,4,5 Compulsory
Integration of Osteopathic Theory and Practice Compulsory
Reflection on Osteopathic Theory and Practice Compulsory
Analysis of Health, Dysfunction and Disease Compulsory
Personal and Professional Development 3 Compulsory
Professional Practice Compulsory

Teaching staff

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.