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Postgraduate Certificates

Postgraduate Certificates

Postgraduate certificates (PgCert) are taught courses that last one academic year. We offer two courses at this level designed for osteopaths and other healthcare professionals who wish to build a career in research or teaching. By choosing a postgraduate certificate at the British School of Osteopathy, you will be joining a growing postgraduate community and receiving tuition from established researchers and educators.

For more information about both our postgraduate certificate courses, please click on the links below.

Postgraduate Certificate in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice

Designed for practising osteopaths, this one year credit bearing course will develop and enhance your knowledge, practical and clinical skills in the specialist area of paediatric osteopathic practice. You will learn a broad range of relevant technical and structural approaches to evaluation, treatment and management, enabling you to deal with the challenges of paediatric clinical uncertainties. There will be a focus on recognising, managing and safeguarding critical incidents and diagnosing and managing complex paediatric cases. The course emphasises collaborative learning in academic, skills lab and clinical settings.

Key Features

  • An evidence based approach to paediatrics
  • Exposure to a diverse and broad range of paediatric patients rarely seen in private practice
  • Valuable hands-on experience working in Europe’s largest osteopathic clinic and our specialist 78 year old paediatric clinic under the supervision of experienced osteopaths
  • Benefit from a high tutor to student ratio
  • Flexible course with weekend classes, allowing you to work and study
  • Suitable for graduate and experienced osteopaths

Entry requirements

  • UK Applicants must be registered as a practising Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council.

  • EU and Overseas Applicants must, where applicable, be registered as a practising Osteopath with the relevant regulatory authority or association and must, irrespective of the former, hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance.

  • All Applicants are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in line with the School’s DBS Policy & Procedure for BSO Applicants & Students.

  • Applicants need to take into consideration their physical abilities due to the essential practical requirements of this course. Further advice may be obtained from the School’s Student Welfare & Equality Manager.

Students who have undertaken the BSO's paediatric CPD courses or an equivalent are eligible to make an application for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) in the unit, Developing Specialist Paediatric Practice in Osteopathy. Students will be required to provide evidence of their CPD activity and demonstrate how their learning maps against the learning outcomes for this unit.

Key teaching areas

  • Paediatric Safeguarding 

  • Paediatric Evaluation and Diagnosis 

  • Treatment Skills 

  • Team Working 

  • Future Professional Development

pdf Course Information Form - PGCert in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice

Click here for full details of tuition fees.

pdf Standard payment plan - Pg Cert in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice 2015/16

pdf RQ Graduates payment plan - Pg Cert in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice 2015/16

word Application form for Pg Cert in Specialist Paediatric Osteopathic Practice - April 2017 entry

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic & Clinical Education

This programme is designed to equip osteopathic, chiropractic and physiotherapy educators with the knowledge and skills required to effectively support students in both classroom and clinic-based settings. It offers two modules: Education for Academic Teaching and Education for Clinical Supervision and Teaching Technical Skills. Each module will involve a four-day course which will utilise a variety of teaching approaches including lectures, seminars and practical workshops, supported by assignments.

Entry requirements

  • Recognised osteopathy, chiropractic or physiotherapy qualification
  • Demonstrable interest in teaching in an academic manual therapy setting
  • The ability to commit to part-time study

Key teaching areas

Four important areas are explored through this course:

Educational Theory: Explore current concepts and debates regarding models teaching and learning

Educational Practice: Discover practical approaches to teaching including creating teaching materials, lecturing technique and other methods

Supporting Student Learning: Learn more about student needs, pastoral care and learning styles

Institutional Issues: Discuss the place of the educator in the teaching institution and find out more about how an education institution is run and regulated.

Application form and deadline

Deadline for applications is Friday 4th July.

To apply for September 2016/17 intake please download the application form here.

If you wish to apply or have any questions please email our admissions team or call the team on 020 7089 5316.

Click here for full details of tuition fees.

pdf Course Information Form - PGCert in Academic & Clinical Education

Postgraduate Certificate in Integrated Care of Older Adults

This is the ONLY award bearing course in the UK that is specifically designed to help you develop specialist skills in the osteopathic care of older adults (over 65 years), enabling you to enhance your scope of practice. 

This one-year course will equip practising osteopaths, physiotherapists and chiropractors with contemporary, evidence-informed knowledge, practical and clinical skills in the specialist area of advanced osteopathic management of older adults. The course questions and challenges students’ individual professional beliefs and values whilst critically appraising the plausibility of contemporary and established models of osteopathic care for the elderly.

Entry requirements

  • Recognised osteopathy, chiropractic or physiotherapy qualification
  • Demonstrable interest in developing specialist skills in the osteopathic care of older adults
  • The ability to commit to part-time study

Key teaching areas

  • Learn topics such as the biology of ageing, risk assessment, critical incidents involving older patients, innovative and collaborative approaches to the management of common conditions that affect the elderly and the effects of polypharmacy.
  • Learn patient-centred and comprehensive evaluation and management strategies of older adults, particularly the impact of complex co-morbidities and their effects on prognosis.
  • Learn about psychological, emotional and social factors in the assessment of older patients as well as the latest developments in the role of exercise and nutrition in the management of older patients.
  • Learn concepts of safeguarding supported by effective communication and team working.
  • Learn to critically appraise plausibility of contemporary and established models of osteopathic care for the elderly.

The course will encourage students to establish links with local practitioners (to their practice) that manage and treat older adults.

Educators on this course will be specialists in their field from diverse and relevant disciplines in the assessment and management of older adults. Our innovative and exciting award-bearing course offers opportunities for both experienced and recently graduated practitioners.  

Course Structure

The course comprises of two 30 credit units and will include approximately nine contact days throughout the year (usually on a Saturday) with an induction day at the start of the course. In addition to the contact days students will be expected to undertake self-directed learning. The course will be assessed by written assignment (two assignments per unit).

More information

We are currently accepting applications for September 2017 entry.

If you wish to apply or have any questions please email our admissions team or call admissions on 020 7089 5316.