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Osteopathy as a career

Osteopathy is an enormously rewarding career. BSO-trained osteopaths treat patients from all walks of life including athletes, actors and dancers, children, older people and pregnant women. Osteopaths have the opportunity to work flexibly and make important contributions to their communities.

A recognised profession

In the United Kingdom, osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession. In 1993 the Osteopaths Act was passed by Parliament; it formally recognised and regulated the profession. Only graduates from a degree course that is recognised by the Privy Council and approved by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are permitted by law to practise as osteopaths.

Our degrees were awarded Recognised Qualification (RQ) status from the very beginning of the regulatory process, enabling all BSO students to join the statutory register upon graduation.

An established route to qualification

The path to qualification at the BSO is through our new integrated Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost.) degree which has been developed to reflect the latest research and best practice in clinical care and technique.

For those who want to study flexibly our new  fully part time M.Ost (subject to validation and RQ) will run from September 2012.

Case study of a new osteopath

Charlotte Mead, recent M.Ost graduate


What aspects of the course did you find challenging/rewarding?
The best thing about the course is once you get into Clinic - nothing better than a patient telling you they are better because of your treatment and advice. The most challenging thing is applying all your new knowledge into practical clinical skills at the end of second year, and holding your nerve in the practical exams.

What areas of the course did you find the most interesting?
The most interesting areas of the course are the specialist clinics - particularly Royal Free Hospital and First Place. It's so cool to have a hand in a patient's healthcare within a hospital setting, and an awesome learning experience to get hands on with the babies treated at First Place.

Why did you choose the BSO to study osteopathy?
The BSO has the best reputation, and gives a solid grounding in the science behind osteopathy. It offers the best and most varied clinic experiences and Borough is a great place to be at uni - lots of cool things to do.

What sort of practice do you work now you're registered?
I currently work at 2 clinics in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire - both are multi-disciplinary practices encompassing Osteopathy, Podiatry, Nutrition, Alexander Technique, and Counselling. I found these jobs whilst I was still in 4th year and was able to start working as soon as I received my exam results and registered with the GOsC. All the osteopaths I work with were BSO trained.

What advice would you give to prospective students applying to the BSO?
You need to be sure you want to do this, as it is a hard degree, and requires a lot of effort. Due to the nature of the course your course-mates become like your family, I have made some amazing friends; the last 4 years have been the best and most challenging years of my life.