Careers in Osteopathy
Access to Osteopathy

Osteopathy encompasses the examination, analysis, and promotion of overall health and wellness. To embark on a career in Osteopathy, you typically need a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Health Studies or a related field, which this Access to Higher Education course at level 3 enables you to apply to university. After earning your degree, various career paths are available, including roles in public health, health education, and healthcare management. Degree programs often span three to four years and include significant hands-on learning opportunities in various health settings.

What are the university entry requirements for an osteopathy degree?

To apply to universities for Osteopathy, you should have, or be working towards, a relevant Access to HE Diploma in Health Science. Alternatively, achieving 3 A Levels, including one in a science area (such as Human Biology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Geography, or Maths), is also common. Universities can provide specific entry requirements, which they publish on the UCAS website.

With the A Level route, you may also need a minimum of 5 GCSEs. For the Access to HE Diploma route, typically only 2 GCSEs in English and Maths at Grade C or above are required. For more information about studying Maths and English online, please see Our Courses or scroll down to the bottom of this page.

Access to HE Diplomas are aimed at adults aged 18+ returning to education or changing careers, with no upper age limits. The Diploma is considered equivalent to 3 A Levels and can be studied from home via online study with Academy Online Learning.

How does Access to HE work and what to expect


The time spent in your degree program will be divided between theoretical learning in a university setting—attending seminars and lectures, and interacting with peers and tutors—and practical experience, where you will gain hands-on skills in various health environments.


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What does an osteopathy professional do?

Professionals in Osteopathy focus on promoting health and wellness, preventing diseases, and improving quality of life. This can involve creating and implementing health policies, educating the public on health issues, and conducting research on health improvements.

Osteopathy professionals are essential in the healthcare sector. They work alongside other professionals, including doctors, educators, and policymakers, to enhance community health and well-being.

What personal attributes are needed for a career in osteopathy?

Effective communication skills and patience are essential. Osteopathy professionals must think critically and be able to develop tailored health programs. Interpersonal skills are crucial for collaborating with various stakeholders to develop comprehensive health strategies.

What are the pay and working conditions like?

  • Entry-level positions typically start at competitive salaries, with opportunities for advancement into specialised or managerial roles
  • Professionals in advanced or highly specialised areas of Osteopathy can earn higher salaries commensurate with their experience and qualifications
  • Increases in compensation for healthcare sector employees have been announced by the government over the next three years

Did you know?

  • Osteopathy plays a critical role in improving societal health outcomes through research and practical application
  • Professionals are trained to address both the physical and mental health needs of populations
  • With advanced training, you can significantly impact public health policy and individual health practices

How is your degree funded?

Studying for a degree in Osteopathy allows you to apply for the standard student support package in the form of student loans. Scholarships, bursaries, or grants may also be available through universities or workplaces. As an undergraduate in an Allied Health Profession, you can claim up to £8,000 grant a year whilst studying the degree. For more information visit our Funding page.

If you are interested in completing an Access to HE Diploma in Health Studies with Academy Online Learning to achieve a level 3 Access Diploma in Health Science Professions for university entry, please complete the online enrolment form or contact us for more information by phone or email. This qualification offers flexible study options as it is fully online and recognised by universities across the UK.


Payment Options

The cost of the Access to Higher Education Diploma (Health Professions) is £1236, and can be paid in monthly instalments from £103 per month over 12 months with 0% interest. Or discounted price at £1186 (£50 saving) when paid in full upfront.

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