This credit-bearing course will develop and enhance your knowledge, practical and clinical skills in the specialist area of paediatric osteopathic practice, and will provide you with valuable hands-on experience of working within Europe’s largest osteopathic clinic under the supervision of experienced osteopaths.

You will learn a broad range of relevant technical and structural approaches to evaluation, treatment and management, enabling you to deal with the challenges of paediatric clinical uncertainties. There will be a focus on recognising, managing and safeguarding critical incidents and diagnosing and managing complex paediatric cases. The course emphasises collaborative learning in academic, skills lab and clinical settings.

Key course features

  • You will be equipped with the capability to recognise serious problems relating to red flags and safeguarding challenges presenting in osteopathic paediatric practice and be able to effectively manage these cases.
  • You will learn to effectively diagnose and manage complex problems commonly presenting in osteopathic paediatric practice by recognising these presentations and differentiate them from features associated with normal child development.
  • You will have your own patient list in the busy University College of Osteopathy (UCO) specialist paediatric clinic, seeing a variety of clinical presentations in ages ranging from 0 to 17. Our reputation means we see referrals from a range of other professionals, which includes social workers, CAMS, health visitors, occupational therapists and midwives.
  • Experienced tutors who specialise in paediatric osteopathy aim to support your specific needs and encourage you to use a variety of treatment approaches whilst applying criticality and reflection.

Entry requirements

  • UK Applicants must be registered as a practising osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council.
  • EU and overseas 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.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate fluency in both written and spoken English equivalent to an IELTS overall score of 7.0.
  • All applicants are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in line with the UCO’s DBS Policy & Procedure.
  • Applicants need to take into consideration their physical abilities due to the essential practical requirements of this course. Further advice may be obtained from the UCO's Student Support team.

Careers & employability

Upon completion of this course you will be sufficiently confident and competent to establish a specialist paediatric osteopathic clinic and manage your paediatric caseload. Furthermore you will have developed a high level of meta-cognitive and critical reflective skills and an ability to operate at the forefront of this specialism and to offer new connections, ideas and knowledge in the area of paediatric osteopathy, thus opening up possible further research opportunities.

Course structure & delivery

This is a 60 credit postgraduate course consisting of two units.

Unit Credits   Level  Schedule
Unit 1:
Developing Specialist
Paediatric Practice in
15 7 Weeks 1-12 
Unit 2:
Specialist Paediatric
Clinical Practice
45 7 Weeks 13-52    


Unit 1 will be classroom based and will focus on developing students' existing knowledge and skills to enable effective diagnosis, management and treatment of paediatric patients.

Unit 2 will consist of 180 hours of supervised clinical practice in the paediatric outpatient clinic at the UCO Clinic, located on Southwark Bridge Road.

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:

  • a practice audit
  • written critical reports and case reviews
  • supervisor assessment reports
  • a final written critical analysis

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

Students must successfully pass both units to receive the PGCert SPOP award.

Mode of study


Dates & duration

September start, 1 year 


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

Awarding Body

University College of Osteopathy

Professional Body Accreditation


Support for students

The UCO has a dedicated Student Support team who are on hand to provide advice and guidance on a range of issues, including learning and welfare, budgeting and finance, disability and dyslexia, pastoral care, bereavement and personal issues, as well as counselling. Find out more.

Students are advised to disclose any disabilities or special learning needs as soon as possible so that provisions can be made to support them through the application process and to ensure everything is in place for the start of their studies. 

Costs & financial support

The tuition fee for all students (Home, EU, international) for the 2020-21 academic year (2020 entry) on this course is £4,390 (£1,250 for Unit 1; £3,140 for Unit 2). More details on 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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