Osteopathy offers an exciting career where you will be able to use a variety of therapeutic approaches and interventions to meet the needs of patients. It’s a challenging field which requires listening, problem solving, and direct ‘hands-on’ interactions. It takes five years of part-time attendance to become a skilled, autonomous practitioner, but is accessible both to those new to healthcare, and those wishing to extend and enhance their 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 part-time attendance mode with academic teaching occurring over 17 weekends through the academic year enables you to continue to work whilst studying. Clinical practice is scheduled flexibly to fit in with your commitments. Students may convert to full-time equivalent study in Year 4 in which case the course can be completed in five years.
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.
The LSO osteopathy programmes enable students with no previous experience to transition to become fully-fledged independent practitioners in just five years (part-time study). Both pathways are accredited by the General Osteopathic Council and successful completion of the courses enables our graduates to apply to join the GOsC register. Legally only registered practitioners may practice osteopathy in the UK.
The LSO course will prepare you to be a good general osteopathic practitioner. 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. This can help support a healthy work / life balance. Earnings vary, with associates averaging £35K, and approximately 10% of osteopaths earning over £100K (figures from the Institute of Osteopathy Census 2014).
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.
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.
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.
Academic teaching (lectures, practical classes, tutorials etc) takes place at The Grange in Bermondsey in south east London (just 10 minutes' walk from Tower Bridge). Clinical experience is gained through our very busy student-run out-patient clinic in Bethnal Green.
You can pay your fees in the following ways.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Those wishing to enter the course will require: UCAS Points 104 from 2, preferably 3, A-Levels with one being a science subject (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Psychology), and GCSE's to include English and Maths grade C minimum.
Applicants whose first language is not English and whose professional or academic qualifications were not taught and assessed in English will be required to demonstrate the University standard of English language (IELTS) at Level 6.5 (including written English academic test) prior to commencement on the course.
In addition to the above, applicants must demonstrate aptitude in learning practical skills and conduct themselves in a manner commensurate with a health care practitioner. They must be willing to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and be in a state of health which will not preclude them working with members of the public.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
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