Osteopathy offers an exciting career where you will be able to utilise a variety of therapeutic approaches and interventions in meeting the needs of patients. It’s a challenging field which requires listening, problem solving, and direct ‘hands-on’ interactions with patients. It takes six years of part-time attendance to enable you to become skilled autonomous practitioners, 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.
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 4 years (or 6 years by 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 Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:
Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.
We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.
Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.
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.
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
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.
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