How to become an osteopath
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- professional development training
To work as an osteopath, you need to complete a degree or postgraduate master's degree approved by the General Osteopathic Council.
Courses are usually full-time for 4 years, although there may be options for part-time study over 5 years.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including a science, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
If you're already medically qualified, for example as a doctor or physiotherapist, you may be able to take a shortened postgraduate training programme.
- you must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council to work as an osteopath
When applying for courses and jobs, you'll be expected to have an understanding of how NHS values apply in your work.