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Osteopathy offers an exciting career where you’ll be able to use a variety of therapeutic approaches and interventions to meet the needs of patients. Become a skilled, autonomous practitioner with our four-year degree course at The London School of Osteopathy. It’s accessible whether you’re new to healthcare, or you wish to extend and enhance your current career.
The primary aim of the course is to provide structured learning opportunities to enable you to become a safe, capable, reflective osteopathic practitioner who is committed to ethical, evidence-based practice and lifelong learning.
The LSO courses are well established and are constantly updated to reflect advances in the profession. They contain exactly what you need to become an independent practicing osteopath. Your journey will incorporate basic and applied sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Your osteopathic learning starts from day one, and a wide range of theories, models and approaches are taught throughout the course. Clinical relevance is always paramount, and is enhanced by integration in the clinic from the first year. Research is an integral part of any degree, and is particularly relevant to an emerging health profession. You’re encouraged to select a topic of personal interest which you’ll develop into a dissertation in the final stages of the course. Underpinning the academic learning are personal and professional skills such as communication, problem solving, analysis, critical reflection, and self-awareness. Business skills are also a core part of the curriculum.
LSO courses are accredited by the General Osteopathic Council and, by successfully completing your course, you’ll be able to apply to join the GOsC register. Legally, only registered practitioners may practice osteopathy in the UK.
Our degree courses prepare you to become fully-fledged, general osteopathic practitioners in just four years (or six years by part-time study). However, there are many facets of osteopathy that you may choose to develop further as your career progresses. Examples include specialising in working with children or the elderly, or in sports and rehabilitation. Other career opportunities include teaching and research.
Most graduates choose to become self-employed, and value the flexibility this affords them in terms of working patterns, and work-life balance. Earnings vary, with associates averaging £35,000, and approximately 10% of osteopaths earning over £100,000 (figures from the Institute of Osteopathy 2014 Census).
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
Osteopathy 1 – Acquisition
Osteopathy 2 – Understanding
Anatomy and Physiology – Neuromusculoskeletal
Anatomy and Physiology – Visceral
Anatomy and Physiology – Head and Neck
Year two, core modules
Osteopathy 3 – Analysis
Professional Studies – Yr 3
Anatomy and Physiology – Neurology
Year three, core modules
Osteopathy 4 – Evaluation
Professional Studies – Yr 4
Research and Criticality
Year four, core modules
Osteopathy 5 – Autonomy
Professional Studies – Yr 5
Portfolio – Yr 5
Assessment requirements drive student motivation, effort and commitment in any course but especially those with a professional focus. The LSO assessment programme provides a balance between formative and summative assessment items reflecting the need to provide students with feedback about their grasp and eventual mastery of necessary theoretical knowledge, attitudinal aspects of professionalism and practical skills.
A wide range of forms of assessment are used throughout the programme to support the variety of learning outcomes to be measured (and also reflecting different strengths & learning styles within the student community). Continuous assessment in practical classes is used both formatively and summatively in the early stages of the course. Practical exams and vivas are held every year, with real patients involved in the final exams (as required by the GOsC). Video assignments, critiques, case studies, presentations, and portfolio activities all add to the body of evidence for student progression & achievement.
A research project is planned, conducted, written up and submitted in the final stages of the course.
A total of 1,200 hours of clinic exposure enable experiential learning to bring the theoretical class based sessions to life. Competence based tasks are embedded throughout this journey.
This is a four year programme
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.
Where you’ll study
The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.
We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.
We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.