The Access to Higher Education Diploma (Osteopathic Sciences and Health Care) programme is a one-year further education programme which leads to a nationally recognised award.
It is designed specifically, but not exclusively, for students with little or no scientific background, and is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in osteopathy or a related healthcare discipline, but aren’t yet ready to undertake a degree programme.
The course will help develop the knowledge and skills needed to continue on to study osteopathy (or related subjects) at undergraduate degree level. There is a strong emphasis on the biological and physical sciences, as well as an introduction to sociology and psychology. Other units include life as a professional osteopath, English, mathematics, clinical communication and study skills.
Mode of study
Dates & duration
September start, 1 year
University College of Osteopathy
275 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JE
LASER Learning Awards
Professional body accreditation
GCSEs at grades A-C, including Mathematics and English Language
The UCO is committed to a policy of inclusion, actively seeking to widen participation and to increase opportunities for high-calibre students with the aptitude and potential to undertake a degree in osteopathy. Students from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, UCO-leavers, mature ‘second career’ applicants and students with a range of seen and unseen disabilities are all warmly welcomed. Every application to the UCO is considered on its own merits.
- Students who successfully complete the course can apply for the UCO's Integrated Masters in Osteopathy course.
- The Access to Higher Education Diploma is also a nationally recognised qualification and may be accepted as an entry level qualification by colleges and universities throughout the UK.
Key course features
- The Access programme enables you to develop the knowledge and skills needed for successful study of osteopathy at undergraduate degree level.
- There is a strong emphasis on the biological and physical sciences, as well as an introduction to sociology and psychology. One unit looks specifically at life as a professional osteopath.
- Units on English, mathematics, clinical communication and study skills ensure that you have a sound basis for further study.
- The course is delivered in a manner that allows learners to work and study.
- The programme is validated by LASER Learning Awards so successful students will gain a nationally recognised award which is an acceptable entry qualification in colleges and universities throughout the UK.
Course structure & delivery
The course comprises of a number of units as outlined below. Units with higher credit values typically involve more contact hours and assessments.
|English Language Skills||2||3|
|Mathematics for Research Methodology||2||6|
|Microorganisms, Diversity & Disease||2||3|
|Cells & Tissues||3||3|
|Physical Basis of Human Structure & Function||3||3|
|Human Body Systems||3||9|
|Ethics & Practice of Osteopathy||3||6|
|Communication Skills for Clinic||3||6|
|Professional Studies for Manual Healthcare||3||6|
Classes run on Friday evenings and Saturdays and Sundays across term time with a weekend clear of study every three to four weeks.
For more module information please contact us.
Assessment & feedback
For details of the specific tasks and assessments for each unit please contact us. You will also normally be provided with additional assessment briefs for coursework. These will indicate precisely what is required of you, how you will be graded and details of how and when the assessment is due to be submitted.
Core teaching staff
Support for students
The UCO has a Student Support team who are available to provide support on a range of issues, including learing and welfare support, and an onsite counsellor. Find out more.
Costs & financial support
Course fees for 2018/19 are £1,400.
Students should be aware that there may be some additional costs to consider.
The UCO provides financial support to students in exceptional hardship. Details can be found on our Financial Support page.
Applicants should download and complete the application form on this page and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that while the University College of Osteopathy makes every effort to run courses as advertised, courses are subject to change or cancellation if enrolment targets are not met.
Courses are typically approved for a period of five years from the point of approval to the point of periodic course review. During this period it may be identified that modifications to a course would enhance the provision. As part of this process current students shall be consulted on any proposed change and current and prospective students shall be notified of any change.