Course requirements

Postgraduate training course requirements


All applicants for OCC postgraduate courses must:

  • be qualified osteopaths, registered with the General Osteopathic Council and be insured to work in the UK
  • have a good undergraduate osteopathic degree or equivalent
  • provide an Enhanced Disclosure (with lists) check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and if possible join the Update Service
  • For DPO, either have a place on the DPO Access Course or provide evidence of having completed an SCTF-approved Involuntary Mechanism course at post-graduate level or the date of a course to be undertaken before the DPO course starts.


We strongly recommend visiting our clinic before July 2019

Applicants should be able to demonstrate and evidence good skills relating to:

  • clinical reasoning, osteopathic diagnosis and evaluation
  • communication and patient management
  • teamwork
  • critical thinking
  • self-directed learning and a commitment to professional development
  • for DPO, written reports/essays/case notes

Supporting documents:

You must provide the following with your completed application form:

  • Two references, one relating to clinical ability and the other ideally commenting on academic ability.  References must be completed on the Reference Form, attached and returned to the Foundation in a signed and sealed envelope
  • Evidence of your GOsC registration and professional insurance (new graduates can do this later)
  • A transcript of grades and degree certificate related to the undergraduate osteopathic qualification which can be requested from the undergraduate institution where you have trained
  • If applicable, a copy of your SCFT approved cranial course certificate
  • An Enhanced Disclosure (with lists) check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • A copy of your CV
  • Non-refundable £50 application fee (cheques should be made payable to the Foundation for Paediatric Osteopathy)

APO applications (April intake) must be received by 18 February 2019

DPO applications (November intake) must be received by 30 June 2019