The UCO is accepting applications for 2019 entry to this course. If you would like to apply please download the Course Information and complete the Application Form and send it to General enquires about the course can also be sent to

This one-year credit-bearing course will develop and enhance your knowledge, practical and clinical skills in the specialist area of musculoskeletal geriatric practice, and will provide you with valuable and diverse application of skills in the management of vulnerable older adults.

The course is a blend of theoretical, practical and clinical instruction centred on the newly developed specialism within osteopathic care in geriatric musculoskeletal practice. It is designed to equip students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes to enable them to make a claim where relevant for specialist status.

Mode of study


Dates & duration

Start 6th September 2019 (subject to final confirmation) lasting one year.


University College of Osteopathy
275 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JE

Awarding body

University College of Osteopathy

Professional body accreditation


Entry requirements

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with Honours from a UK University (or equivalent).
  • English Requirements:
    • GCSE English (or equivalent).
    • IELTS overall score of 7.0 or equivalent.
  • UK Applicants must be registered as a practising Osteopath, Physiotherapist or Chiropractor.
  • Practising UK osteopaths must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council.
  • EU and Overseas osteopathic applicants must, where applicable, be registered as a practising Osteopath with the relevant regulatory authority or association and must, irrespective of the former, hold appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
  • Practicing physiotherapists and chiropractors must be registered with their relevant professional regulatory body and carry appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
  • All Applicants are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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.

Progression routes

Upon completion of this course you will be sufficiently confident and competent to either independently or as part of a group practice, participate in or establish a private specialist geriatric clinic and manage your patient case-load. This will enable osteopaths and chiropractors to make a claim for specialist practitioner status if and when the regulatory authority resolves to recognise specialist osteopath or chiropractic practitioners.

After graduation you will be equipped to work in the following areas specialising in geriatric services:

  • Private sole osteopathic/chiropractic/physiotherapy practice;
  • Group practice;
  • Multi-disciplinary healthcare practice.

You will also be equipped with the appropriate skills to pursue:

  • Further study at Master’s level.
  • Further research in this specialist area.

Key course features

  • The course supports you in developing your knowledge and skills in advanced geriatric practice, emphasising your professional role as a clinician.
  • The course questions and appraises your personal professional beliefs, whilst critically appraising the plausibility of contemporary and established models of geriatric practice within a multi-professional context. A thorough understanding of normal ageing will be complemented by typical conditions affecting geriatric patients.
  • Practical skills in managing and treating these patients will be reinforced by real hands-on clinical experience within the students’ own clinics and through observation and reflection of related, relevant healthcare practices.
  • Throughout the course, an emphasis will be given to developing your safeguarding awareness and management strategies. In particular, the course enables you to identify areas of practice weakness through risk assessment in order to effectively manage and mitigate these and plan your future CPD opportunities.
  • The course shall focus on manual treatment skills relevant to this particular patient group.
  • This course will equip you with contemporary and evidence-informed knowledge.
  • This course is delivered on a part-time basis enabling you to fulfil work and other commitments concurrently.

Course structure & delivery

The course consists of two units with equal weighting.

Unit Credits   Level   
Unit 1:
Risk Management in Clinical Practice
30 7  
Unit 2:
Multidisciplinary Management of Older
Adults: New Paradigm
30 7  


More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download from this page.

Module information

More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download from this page.

Assessment & feedback

The course is assessed through both summative and formative assessments including:

  • critical evaluation
  • poster presentation
  • case analyses
  • personal clinical development portfolio

A detailed breakdown of assessments for each unit can be found in the Course Information Form available to download from this page.

Support for students

Throughout your studies you will be supported by the Course Team and the UCO’s Student Support Department. You will also be allocated an Academic Tutor to support and assist you with your studies.

The UCO also 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

Details of course fees, discounts and payment plans for this course can be found on our course fees page.

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.

How to apply

Applicants should download and complete the application form on this page and return it to


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.

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