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Entry Requirements – 2018

The ESO seeks to attract applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds who are committed to studying osteopathy having thoroughly researched the subject. Our normal requirements for entry are skills in, and knowledge of, the basic sciences. However, each application is assessed on a case by case basis, which includes the personal statement and referee’s report as well as past and predicted academic performance. The applicant’s performance at interview is also a very important part of the selection process.  Please refer to the Applying to ESO section for further information.

The qualifications we commonly accept are shown below. The list is not exhaustive and candidates are encouraged to contact the ESO Admissions Team for advice about the suitability of qualifications not listed here. Please be aware that the deadline for ‘On-Time’ applications at UCAS is 15 January and, in line with UCAS guidelines, all applications received by this date will be given equal consideration. Candidates are welcome to apply after 15 January, however, the ESO may adjust its standard offer conditions for applications received after this date. Late applicants should contact the Admissions Team to discuss the availability of places before submitting a ‘Post 15 January’ UCAS application.

School leavers

The following are intended to provide a guide to offer levels:

GCSE

5 x GCSEs including a minimum grade C in English, Maths and Science or a minimum Grade 4 (standard pass) in these subjects

GCE A-Levels

Grades BBB from 3 x A-levels to include 2 science subjects (we accept Biology, Chemistry, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Mathematics, Sport Science as sciences). General Studies is not accepted.

Extended Diploma

Grades: DDM – Must be Health, Science or Sports related and include relevant science units. We may ask applicants to attend our Summer Science Course if the chosen BTEC units do not have sufficient science content to meet the course requirements.

Scottish Highers

120 UCAS points overall to include 2 science subjects grades BB at Higher Level.

Welsh Baccalaureate

120 UCAS points overall to include 2 A-levels grades BB in science subjects (as above).

International Baccalaureate

Acceptable with a minimum overall score of 31 points to include 5 points in 2 science subjects.

Cambridge Pre-U

We welcome Cambridge International Pre-U Certificates (Principal Subjects) as an alternative to A-levels. The School also accepts the Cambridge International Pre-U Diploma as meeting general entry requirements. Applicants will be required to offer a minimum of two science-based subjects at A-level or its equivalent.

Mature students

A significant number of our students are mature and do not have current or standard qualifications. We treat each application on its own merits and relevant professional qualifications and life experience will be taken into consideration. For example, many mature students at the ESO come from a massage or other health related background. We accept a number of associated qualifications, provided that they are at an appropriate level. There are a range of routes you can take to qualify for entry, some of these are listed below.

Access Diploma

Access courses are specifically designed for those who do not have suitable qualifications to study at university level.

The ESO welcomes Access Diplomas that are health/science related. Applicants will need to achieve a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at merit or above. Applicants who do not have Level 2 English and Maths above grade C will additionally need 12 credits at Level 2 in these subjects.

Access courses run nationwide. To find courses near you, visit the Access To HE website.

Open University

Open University recommendations: Human Biology (SK299) or Cell Biology (S294) – 30 Credits

ESO Summer Science Course

If you have not studied science before, but have other qualifications that are equivalent to A-level (or above), you may qualify for entry by attending the ESO’s re-orientation programme: the Summer Science Course (SSC).

EU Applicants

At the ESO we welcome students from all over the world, with a wide variety of qualifications and experience – approximately 50% of our students are not from the UK creating a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. Each application is considered on its individual merit. Broadly speaking we look for high grades in science subjects at secondary level.

If you do not have a UK qualification or an International Baccalaureate you can use the UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) http://www.naric.org.uk to find out how the qualifications that you already have compare to UK qualifications. UK NARIC is the national agency that provides information and advice about how qualifications and skills from overseas compare to the UK’s qualifications.  Below are examples of some of the qualifications that overseas applicants have applied with and typical offers we have made:-

  • Australian High School Certificate: Relevant state (Year12) High School Certificate with ATAR score of 87%
  • Canadian High School Graduation Diploma: Pass with good grades in science based subjects.  Specific requirements vary between provinces; contact the Admissions Team for guidance
  • Certificat d’Enseignment Secondaire Superieur: 7 out of 10 / 15 out of 20
  • European Baccalaureate: Pass with overall result 70%
  • French Baccalaureate(S): Pass with a minimum of 12.5 points
  • German Abitur: Overall result of 2.00
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Pass with Higher Level to include 2 science subjects – 120 UCAS points
  • Italian Diploma di Marturita or di Esame di Stato: Pass Diploma with 80%
  • Latvian Atestats par visparejo videjo izglitibu (Attestation of General Secondary Education): grade B or 8
  • Polish Swiadectwo Dojrzałości / Matura: pass Matura with 70%
  • Spanish Título de Bachillerato or COU: grade 8

The British Council provides information for overseas students to help them make an informed choice about studying in the UK. For further information on the benefits and opportunities of higher education in the UK please visit general http://www.educationuk.org/.

English Language Requirement 

All applicants must be fluent in both spoken and written English. If English is not your first language we may ask you to provide formal evidence of your ability to speak and write in English. We accept a number of English language qualifications, including the IELTS, where require a score of 6.5 overall including a score of at least 5.5 in the writing section. We will look at the grades you achieve in English at upper secondary level (e.g. Abitur, Baccalauréat, Esame di Stato, etc.). In all cases, the final decision will be made following interview.

ESO Summer Science Course

If you have not studied science before, but have other qualifications that are equivalent to A-level (or above), you may qualify for entry by attending the ESO’s re-orientation programme: the Summer Science Course (SSC).

International Applicants

At the ESO we welcome students from all over the world, with a wide variety of qualifications and experience – approximately 50% of our students are not from the UK creating a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. Each application is considered on its individual merit. Broadly speaking we look for high grades in science subjects at secondary level.

If you do not have a UK qualification or an International Baccalaureate you can use the UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) to find out how the qualifications that you already have compare to UK qualifications. UK NARIC is the national agency that provides information and advice about how qualifications and skills from overseas compare to the UK’s qualifications. We have provided here examples of the non-UK qualifications we accept.

The British Council provides information for overseas students to help them make an informed choice about studying in the UK. For further information on the benefits and opportunities of higher education in the UK please click here.

International Student Visas

The ESO holds a Tier 4 Sponsor Licence, which enables us to issue International students with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) – a unique reference number needed in order to obtain a UK entry visa under the Tier 4 (General) Points Based System (PBS). To find out if you need a visa and how to apply visit the UK Visa & Immigration website here.
All prospective applicants are welcome to contact the ESO Admissions Team to discuss their potential application.

English Language Requirement

All applicants must be fluent in both spoken and written English. If English is not their first language they will normally be expected to provide formal evidence of their ability to speak and write in English. From September 2016, in line with changes to UK visa policy, we can only accept an IELTS qualification as proof of your English language ability from either the IELTS SELT Consortium or Trinity College London. The ESO requires a score of 6.5 overall including a score of at least 5.5 in the writing section. For information visit the UK Visa & Immigration website here.

For more information for international students, please consult our International Student Guide, available here.