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Students FAQs

Is the BSO's M.Ost an undergraduate degree?

Yes, but it has some units above undergraduate level: it is an integrated master's programme, recognising that to become an osteopath, you work beyond the level of a normal BSc degree. Click here for more information.

How many places are available for the undergraduate courses?

For each academic year we have the following number of places available:
Access Course - 40 places
M.Ost Full Time - 80 places     
M.Ost Part Time - 45 places
MSc Pre Registration - 10 places

For more information on these courses click here.

What are the typical entry requirements for the BSO's M.Ost degree courses?

We accept a wide range of qualifications as entry to our degree programmes, so please contact our admissions team for detailed information about your own circumstances. In relation to A levels, we generally accept three A Levels grades BBC with one of these being a B grade in Biology/Human Biology, together with a second science subject. We do not accept an A level in General Studies/General Paper. An Irish Leaving Certificate must include Higher Level Biology. In addition to A level (or equivalent) qualifications, applicants should have five GCSEs at grades A-C including Maths and English language or equivalent qualification.  Click here for more information.

What additional courses are available for students that do not meet the set academic requirements?

The BSO has two different courses that have been designed for those that require further study prior to beginning the M.Ost degrees.

The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Osteopathic Sciences & Health Care); for students that have no qualifications past GCSEs or equivalent or have been away from education for quite some time.
Click here for further information.

The Introduction to Osteopathic Sciences (IOS) Course; for students that have a degree in a non science related subject that require further study in science.
Click here for further information.

These courses all take place at the BSO teaching centre and are taught by the same academic team that teaches on our degree programmes.

For more information or to discuss your own qualifications please contact the

Is taking a 'year out' acceptable or encouraged? If so, is specific experience sought?

Taking a year out before your studies is generally fine. A gap year allows you to gain more life experience. We do not advise a gap year once you have started your course, and will only accept time out due to special circumstances.

Should I apply during the final year of my A levels (or equivalent) for deferred entry, or apply during my 'year out'?

Either is fine, though you will need to attend an interview. If you plan to travel a lot during your gap year it might be easier to apply and attend an interview during your last year at school

What special entry qualifications or other arrangements for mature students exist?

Mature students must meet the same academic entry requirements as all other students. We offer two courses (our Access to Higher Education Diploma – Osteopathic Sciences and Health Care and our Introduction to Osteopathic Sciences course) to enable mature students who might not immediately have the right qualifications to gain entry onto the M.Ost:

We also accept many other Science Access courses as meeting our academic requirements. Please check with the BSO admissions department prior to commencing any course to be sure it meets our academic requirements.

Is a formal interview part of the M.Ost selection procedure?

Yes, when we receive your application, if you meet our general requirements you will be invited to attend an Interview Event. All students need to attend an Interview Event to assess their suitability for their chosen course or their application will be rejected.

A typical I&E day programme will consist of the following:

  • Introduction to the M.Ost programmes and the BSO
  • An interview
  • A demonstration of osteopathic technique by a BSO clinic tutor
  • Group practical interaction activities
  • A short written assessment (applying reasoning to a problem-based question)

How are the courses assessed – by exam or continuous assessment?

Assessments vary according to the subject being study and may involve:

  • Written papers – coursework and exams
  • Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPEs)
  • Learning portfolio
  • Clinic report
  • Research project
  • Multiple response papers
  • Clinical Competence Assessment (CCA)

Will I be expected to buy materials / equipment?

Year 1: A clinic coat and good anatomy & physiology books
Year 2: A small amount of clinical equipment and further recommended reading text books.
You will also need to pay for Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, to enable you to have contact with patients in the BSO's clinical centre.

NB: The BSO produces learning resource packs and has an extensive library, regarded as one of the best osteopathic libraries in the world, which has internet access to journals and much more. Click here for more information.

Do students 'live in'? Can all first year students be accommodated?

The BSO does not have halls of residence. Most first year full time students share flats or houses. The BSO's Student Welfare & Equality Manager will assist all students in need of accommodation. However, final responsibility for finding accommodation lies with students. Click here for more information.

Where are M.Ost graduates likely to find employment?

Osteopaths work in all walks of life, in the UK and in Europe, in private practice and, increasingly, within NHS settings. To practise osteopathy in the UK you must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). In order to register with the GOsC you must have a recognised qualification. The full time M.Ost at the BSO is recognised by the GOsC and the part time M.Ost is scheduled for its recognition inspection in the spring 2012. Click here for more information.

When can I visit the BSO?

We hold regular open afternoons. Please call the admissions office for up-to-date information. Places for open afternoons can be booked by email or by telephone. Click here for more information.

What are the course fees and is there any funding assistance?

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Our Admissions department will be pleased to give you more information about all our courses, and to answer your questions about all aspects of BSO study. They can be contacted on: +44 (0)20 7089 5316 or Admissions.