The European School of Osteopathy (ESO) is a specialist osteopathic school. It has a world-class reputation for high quality osteopathic education and attracts applicants of all ages and nationalities. The four-year Integrated Master’s degree is one of the broadest osteopathic programmes in the UK, with cranial and visceral approaches introduced from Year 1. The School’s broad range of approaches and techniques, exceptional clinical experience and courses in professional development ensure students are fully prepared for modern practice life. ESO graduates are highly sought after and in demand across the world.
Founded in Paris in 1951, the School moved to Maidstone, England in 1965. The ESO has 2 sites: the academic site, Boxley House, is set in an idyllic location in the heart of the Kent countryside yet convenient for London and mainland Europe; the dedicated teaching clinic is centrally located in Maidstone with modern facilities and access to a diverse patient population.
There are around 240 students studying at the ESO at any one time. The School prides itself on its unique facilities, friendly and supportive learning environment and strong student community.
The ESO also has partner institutions in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Spain and Russia.
The ESO’s four-year degree programme provides all the skills needed to set up in practice. Osteopathy is a regulated profession in the UK and all those using the title Osteopath must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). The School’s undergraduate degree programme is recognized by the GOsC and ESO students can apply for registration upon graduation.
The School’s international reputation and links with institutions across Europe mean job prospects are spread across the world. 95% of students are in work or further study within 6 months of graduation.
The School is a globally recognised osteopathic institution that prides itself on the breadth of its four-year undergraduate programme, leading to the Integrated Master’s Degree in Osteopathy (M.Ost) validated by the Buckinghamshire New University. The undergraduate programme incorporates a wide range of osteopathic modalities combining traditional approaches with the latest developments in the profession.
The programme is divided into four academic themes, which are guided by the Osteopathic Practice Standards (2012) outlined by the osteopathic governing body the General Osteopathic Council:
As part of the programme students gain over 1000 hours of supervised clinical experience in an established teaching clinic. Clinic observation begins in Year 1, with patient exposure increasing as the student progresses through the course. Third and fourth-year student practitioners will see around 50 new patients and gain hands-on experience treating patients of all ages; specialist clinics are offered for sports, headache, women's health and mother and baby care. The Extended Practice module enables fourth year students to develop in areas of special interest. ESO students provide around 20,000 consultations each year to the local community.
The practical element of the programme results in a relatively high number of contact hours – students are generally in lectures, practical classes or in the clinic for 3 to 4 days each week.
Assessment is via a range of different methods, including assignments, report writing, case studies, practical based assessment and final examinations.
Class Representatives: There are 2 classes in each year group and each elects 2 classmates to act as their representative. The Class Reps’ main role is to facilitate communication between students and staff, providing channels for student feedback and support to individuals or groups of students where necessary. Reps are also involved in the decision-making processes through membership of various committees.
The ESO has a Student Association (ESOSA), which organises regular social events. It also hosts the annual intercollegiate sports day, where osteopathic students from across the UK visit Boxley to take part in friendly competition. Boxley House has its own temporary bar, which is run by the ESOSA for social events such as the Fresher’s and Halloween parties and the Christmas Revue. Working alongside the ESOSA is the Student Sports & Social Club, which co-ordinates activities such as dance classes, yoga and meditation sessions, boxing and martial arts practice and weekend trips and breaks.
When joining the ESO, students also become registered students of the University, providing membership of the National Union of Students (NUS).
Maidstone offers a range of affordable accommodation options for students. Most ESO students choose to house share, often taking over rooms when final year students graduate. The School provides a comprehensive accommodation list each summer for new students to access online and is happy to provide advice and support. New students are also invited to an informal summer Applicant Day, which provides an opportunity to meet classmates and view properties together. Accommodation in Maidstone typically starts at around £70 per week for a room in a shared house.
The School has a renowned reputation in the osteopathic community. The academic site at Boxley House is set in 16 acres of beautiful parkland. Students can make full use of the grounds for relaxing and playing sports.
The five teaching rooms on the Boxley Campus come equipped with modern adjustable couches for use in practical classes and all classrooms are equipped with a range of teaching resources. There is an extensive library that students can access and Wi-Fi is freely available for student use.
A subsidized canteen is provided on site, with freshly made food available throughout the day; microwaves and fridges are also available for student use. There are student common rooms, with a pool table, darts board, table tennis and seating areas, plus indoor and outdoor fitness and sports equipment.
The teaching clinic houses 21 treatment rooms as well as two large classrooms and a student common room.
Maidstone is the county town of Kent and is located on the River Medway approximately 35 minutes from London. The town is a mix between historical sites and modern entertainment with a variety of shops, bars, restaurants and nightclubs. There is also the Lockmeadow Complex that houses a multi-screen cinema and the Hazlitt Theatre, which hosts regular comedy and live music nights. Maidstone has excellent transport links with fast connections to London and across Europe.
During the summer months, students can take advantage of the School’s extensive grounds to play volleyball, football and other sporting activities. The Student Association arranges regular social activities throughout the year, including parties, quizzes and the annual intercollegiate sports day.
The Barefoot Club is an independent student society that invites osteopaths, philosophers, healers, and scientists from a variety of backgrounds to give lectures and share ideas and insights with students - outside of timetabled classes.
There is a range of student support services available for those at the ESO. A dedicated Student Welfare Officer is able to arrange extra support for students with disabilities and for those needing particular help and advice. Personal tutors are on hand to help students feel part of the ESO community and offer academic guidance as students progress. They can also signpost students to other sources of support within the School for advice and guidance.
UK Students per Year: Tuition fees for the M.Ost will be £9,250 per year for UK/EU undergraduates entering the course in 2020. The tuition fees will remain at the same rate each year until a student has completed the course.
International Students per Year: The M.Ost tuition fees for International students for the academic Year 2020/21 will be £11,000 per year.
UK and EU applicants, studying at university level for the first time, can apply for a loan from the UK government to cover the cost of tuition fees.
UK applicants who have not studied at university level before can apply for support to help with living costs. This is available in the form of loans and the amount available depends on your living circumstances and household income.
For more information on bursaries and scholarships offered by the school, head to their website.
The School has a high profile that is recognised throughout the world-wide osteopathic community as a centre of osteopathic excellence.
Applicants will need a keen interest in health sciences. The qualifications accepted typically include:
A-levels at Grade BBC, to include at least 2 sciences (the School accepts Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, Sports Science, Psychology and Mathematics as sciences); General Studies is not accepted.
BTEC Extended Diploma at Grade DDM in Health, Science and Sports related subjects. Applicants will also need 5 GCSEs including a minimum grade C/grade 4 in English, Maths and Science. Those with insufficient science content in their BTEC units will be asked to attend the ESO summer school.
For Scottish Highers, students need 112 UCAS points to include 2 science subjects at BB grades. The School also accepts Welsh Baccalaureates with good grades (that total 112 UCAS points) in science subjects; International Baccalaureate qualifications with a minimum score of 31 points (with 5 points in 2 science subjects); and Cambridge Pre-U qualifications if students have a minimum of two science-based subjects at A-Level or the equivalent.
Those with higher level qualifications in non-science subjects may be eligible for the School’s two-week bridging course (the Summer Science Course). The Admissions Team will also take into consideration the written personal statement and the reference when assessing an application and all offers are subject to success at interview. For more detailed information, head to the ESO website.
Full details of entry requirements can be found on the ESO website.UCAS TARIFF CALCULATOR
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