British School of Osteopathy History
BCOM was the first institution in the United Kingdom to offer a university validated osteopathic honours degree. BCOM is renowned for its quality in education being awarded ‘approval without conditions’ from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) led ‘Recognised Qualification’ from the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) for two consecutive reviews. BCOM’s degree course is validated by Plymouth University.
BCOM offers specialist human performance laboratory and hydrotherapy facilities and was the founder of the International Conference on Advances in Osteopathic Research (ICAOR).
The College fosters a strong research ethos into its students and graduates. BCOM is particularly regarded for its unique naturopathic approach to osteopathic care in its teaching and within its busy teaching clinic.
The holistic approach to Osteopathy is central to the philosophy of the College.
The purpose of our undergraduate courses is to guide student osteopaths through the acquisition of basic science and osteopathic technique skills towards an integrated clinical appraisal of patients.
This allows the formulation of safe, effective, rational and caring treatment plans for as beneficial an outcome as is feasible in a given situation.
This may be summarised by the following objectives:
- To ensure that graduates acquire adequate clinical competence via a self-critical approach to integrated, learned skills.
- To promote an attitude of inquiry and the maintenance of this attitude into professional life to keep abreast of current knowledge.
- To instil a research ethos into practitioners of holistic Osteopathy.
- To provide the general public, via the General Osteopathic Council in the UK, as well as in the wider European environment, with safe and competent practitioners of holistic Osteopathy.
As well as the integration of academic, practical and clinical skills, BCOM courses promote awareness and understanding of the importance of a research base to continuing osteopathic development.
This awareness is started at the College, but the concept is taught to continue until the end of practice, and this idea is implanted within students from the first year of starting the course. This pursuit of continuing personal and professional development is paramount.
The pursuit of excellence, whilst maintaining a caring, supportive, clinical approach, is central to the perceived evolution of the College.