Our Plans for Teaching & Learning 2021/22

Term 1 teaching September – December 2021

In this area we aim to give you as much information as possible so current and new students can plan for the upcoming academic year.  Our primary aim is your health, safety and wellbeing and will make any necessary adjustments in line with any UK Gov guidance changes.

This is up-to-date as of August 2021 and we aim to provide any further updates should any changes be made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  Across the UK there has been easing of lockdown restrictions and updates UK and International travel restrictions.

To date, there are no longer restrictions on the approach to teaching and learning in higher education (HE).  There is still professional guidance in place for the clinical environment relating to infection control and the Osteopathic Practice Standards.  Should there be any changes to the Higher Education sector delivery is response to the pandemic we will review the current guidance and work in alignment.  This may include the blended learning approach we used throughout the pandemic with theoretical delivery online and practical/clinical sessions delivered face to face.  Any updates will be sent via your ESO email addresses.

Higher education Covid-19 operational guidance

  • No requirement for social distancing or other measures within in person teaching
  • Face to Face provision will resume for theory and practical lectures

Professional guidance

  • The GOsC has issued interim guidance on infection control in osteopathy during Covid-19 pandemic with ongoing PPE requirements in the clinical and practical settings.

Start of Term 1, Travel and Testing:

Testing before travel

All students should test before you travel back to the ESO, you can order a free test online or can collect from your local pharmacy.

Testing on arrival

On arrival, you should take 2LFD tests (3 to 4 days apart) using at home testing kits.  Ongoing you should be testing twice weekly and logging the results online to NHS Test and Trace.  The ESO has a site code for you to record with the results and this will be available when you collect your LFD Collect test kits from the ESO.

Testing and logging your results accurately helps us with our risk assessments and contingency planning and to help protect the wider ESO community.

If you receive a positive test result please follow the guidance relating to self-isolation and return to study.


Please ensure that you keep up to date with any UK Gov Travel guidance prior to the start of term and ensure that you leave enough time for any periods of self-isolation. To start study face to face at the beginning of Term 1.

Travel and transport for students arriving from within the UK:
New and returning students travelling from overseas including holidays
  • Different restrictions apply to students arriving from overseas (known as the ‘traffic light system’)
  • Check the latest information on entering the UK
  • Please note students cannot use the Test to Release scheme if you have been in or through a ‘red list’ country in the 10days before you arrive in England