The British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) is a specialist provider of osteopathic medicine. It has courses which are recognised and accredited by the profession’s governing body, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC).
Established in 1936 by Stanley Lief, the College is located close to Hampstead Heath in North London, just 15 minutes away from Central London by bus and 8 minutes away by tube.
For undergraduate students it offers a four-year Masters in Osteopathy, which is validated by the University of Plymouth and a four-year Diploma in Naturopathy.
Osteopaths are part of a group of NHS health practitioners known as Allied Health Professionals (AHPs). After graduation, career options include both clinical and non-clinical choices. Some osteopaths specialise in areas such as sports, paediatrics, pregnancy and the elderly and others treat animals under the guidance of a vet.
To further support your employability post-graduation, students are given the opportunity to work in the on-site BCOM clinic, treating real patients under the supervision of an experienced, registered osteopath.
100% of all BCOM graduates are in employment 6 months after graduating (2016/17 data - based on those who applied for work).
The Masters in Osteopathy (M.Ost) degree, is a four year full-time course, which requires students to integrate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills within an osteopathic and naturopathic clinical setting.
Successful students graduate from BCOM with a validated integrated Masters degree from the University of Plymouth, and Diploma in Naturopathy (ND) (recognised by the General Council and Register of Naturopaths).
BCOM provides a staff to student ratio of 1:4 in clinic and 1:5 for practising students in practical classes. BCOM uses specialist lectures to teach or lead a number of the theoretical subjects such as psychology, research methods, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and imaging.
The four year full-time Diploma in Naturopathy (N.D.) programme runs parallel to BCOM’s 4 year full-time Masters in Osteopathy (M.Ost) programme that is validated by the University of Plymouth and approved by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), a statutory regulatory body for Osteopathy in UK. Successful completion of the M.Ost programme gives graduates eligibility to apply to both the General Council and Register of Naturopaths and the General Osteopathic Council.
The four year full-time Diploma in Naturopathy programme can be taken independently of the Masters in Osteopathy programme but this programme only gives eligibility for application to GCRN.
The first two years of the Diploma in Naturopathy focus on pre-clinical and equip you with the basic scientific knowledge and practical skills you will need for clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on anatomy, so you’ll undertake regular trips to facilities such as University College Hospital’s (UCH) Dissection Room.
There’s also strong emphasis on physiology, pathology, medical diagnosis, nutrition, philosophy of osteopathy and naturopathy as well as basic osteopathic and soft tissue techniques.
In the third and fourth year you’ll experience clinical based situations, working in the BCOM clinic with real patients.
A students’ union which is affiliated to the National Union of Students (NUS) is offered by BCOM. Through it, you can expect regular events and extra-curricular activities, such as quiz nights, and sporting activities and clubs.
The students’ union is also an important liaison between you and the College, and is therefore represented in a number of key committees. It’s also available to help with student welfare. You can also make use of a common room, a communal games room, student kitchen and dining room.
Although BCOM does not have its own accommodation, BCOM has a partnership with local private student accommodation in Wembley, which offers BCOM students a weekly discount off rent. Furthermore, the Admissions team provides a list of local, available accommodation and organises for groups of students to live together.
The campus includes a Victorian mansion which was donated to the College's founder Stanley Lief. This mansion is the site of the BCOM library, which is one of the most extensive and oldest osteopathic and naturopathic libraries in the UK.
Online resources are diverse, with a searchable electronic dissertation archive and other useful documents. As the Masters course is accredited by the University of Plymouth, you can also access its extensive online resources.
Other facilities of note include an Exercise Physiology Laboratory, which is sector-leading and extensive clinic-based facilities.
Off-campus facilities- Students have access to the UCH Dissection room and the British Library reference facilities.
Non-academic facilities include a student common room, games room and kitchen/dining room where students can relax and socialise.
Situated in Hampstead, BCOM is directly opposite Finchley Road underground station, giving you great transport links across the capital. There are also bus and rail links nearby.
The College itself is close to one of the capital’s largest green spaces, Hampstead Heath, but is also very close to the O2 Centre, which offers shopping and recreational facilities.
London is one of the most diverse and varied cities in the world and is extremely well connected when it comes to international travel. You’ll never be short of something to do in your spare time either, with thousands of restaurants, cafes, music and sports venues, world-class galleries and museums and much more.
Events, clubs and guest lectures are regularly organised by the students’ union.
There is plenty of support available for both new and continuing students at BCOM. Each academic year has its own Year Tutor, and every student has a Personal Tutor - someone who you choose yourself within the first six weeks of the academic year.
There is also Student Peer Support, which acts as internal mechanism for students which you can access throughout the duration of the course. A number of professional counsellors are also employed for students who need to use them - all appointments are both free and confidential.
Those with special needs or disabilities can receive specialist support - the College does its best to make any reasonable adjustment in order to support students with specific needs or disabilities during their course.
The College Clinic can be used, free of charge, by students with health problems - providing a senior clinical tutor has assessed and agreed the case. The clinical staff can also help students with advice on where to find specific care and support.
Tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
Masters in Osteopathy
Diploma in Naturopathy
(Fees are subject to annual review)
Conversion Degree Course
PgCert Children’s Osteopathy
PgCert Osteopathic Sports Care
As well as a loan from Student Finance England, there is extra help available in the form of grants and loans which are available to students who have disabilities, dependents and/or children. Contact the College directly for further information on finance help.
The Osteopathic Foundation is also able to offer interest free loans to those who are in their final two years of an osteopathy degree.
BCOM is internationally recognised as one of the leading providers of osteopathic teaching and research.
The College offers the highest level of osteopathic education and has achieved three consecutive outstanding reviews for quality from the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
BCOM students receive specialist training and a high level of support from our experienced lecturers and osteopaths, including those with MD and PhD qualifications. Not only that, students are given hands-on, real-world clinical practice to support their learning.
You will be required to have 112 UCAS points.
A levels as well as other UK, EU and International qualifications are also considered, including BTEC, ITEC and Access to HE Diplomas, Baccalaureates and Scottish Advanced Highers.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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