Studying at the ESO this September – COVID-19 Update

We are pleased to confirm that our new academic year will begin on Monday 21st September, with new, widespread measures in place – to support the safety and well-being of all our students, staff and patients and to maintain a high quality educational and clinical experience. Find out more here.

Applying to the ESO

We would like to reassure potential students that the ESO continues to welcome new applications and that we will continue to recruit through UCAS (www.ucas.com). During the coronavirus pandemic, the only change to the selection process is that we will not be conducting face-to-face interviews with successful applicants.  Potential students will be offered an interview via Microsoft Teams.

We will make every effort to ensure your application is dealt with in a timely manner and all successful applicants should receive an invite to a Teams interview within 2 weeks of submitting their application.

If you are an International student, you may wish to refer to the UKCISA website for the latest information about the Coronavirus.

Offer conditions

We understand that you may be concerned about the effect of school closures and cancelled examinations and, subsequently, on your ability to meet your offer conditions. Our Admissions Policy states that we will consider requests for ‘Extenuating Circumstance’ where events outside of your control have an impact on the completion of your qualifications. We will work with Government guidance when it becomes available to make sure you are not disadvantaged.

If you have any questions or concerns in this regard, please contact admissions@eso.ac.uk

Important Notice: Applying after 30 June

If you apply after the main UCAS application cycle (which finishes on 30 June) you will apply through a process called Clearing.

What is Clearing?

Clearing is for:

  • those applying for entry 2020 for the first time (after 30 June) who are not holding offers elsewhere;
  • those who have previously applied through UCAS but have not met the conditions of their first choice university;
  • those who are holding an offer of a place but have decided not to attend the course for which they originally applied;
  • those who have attained better results than predicted, who would now like to apply for a course with higher entry requirements.

The ESO currently has Clearing vacancies. Whichever of the above categories you fall into, you will need to contact the ESO Admissions Department before submitting an application.  Our Admissions team will be able to give friendly advice on the Clearing process and let you know whether you are eligible to apply admissions@eso.ac.uk

Full details of the Clearing process can be found here

Applicant journey

A step-by-step guide to applying to the ESO

Apply through UCAS– an electronic online application system available at www.ucas.comThe UCAS standard application fee for 2020 entry is £25. This will enable you to apply to up to 5 institutions simultaneously. If you apply only to the ESO (ie a single application) the fee is reduced to £20.

ESO Institution code: E80
Osteopathy Course Code: B310

UCAS will electronically send your application to us for consideration.

We will accept applications until 30 June, after that date, please contact admissions@eso.ac.uk

All applications are considered individually and with flexibility. When considering your application, we look at the content of your personal statement, as well as your academic profile and reference. For UCAS guidance on your personal statement please follow this link, and for UCAS guidance on your references, please follow this link.
Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview (interview times are flexible and can be arranged to fit in with you and/or in conjunction with Open Days).
For full details of our selection criteria read our Admissions Policy.
International (non EU) applicants: please refer to the International Student Guide or contact admissions@eso.ac.uk

The interview will last approximately 30 minutes and is fairly informal. There will be 2 people interviewing you . Interviews are also an opportunity for you to ask us questions.

At interview we will want to know why you want to be an osteopath and what skills you think you have that may be relevant. We may also ask about any work experience that you have gained.

We may ask you to bring documentary evidence of your qualifications with you to your interview, such as school certificates.

Usually, interview outcomes are conveyed to you via UCAS within 1 week of your interview.

Successful applicants will receive a formal offer letter by post from the ESO, detailing either a conditional offer or an unconditional offer of acceptance. You will also receive a ‘Guide to Joining the ESO’ . An unconditional offer means you do not have to do anything before you start the course. If you receive a conditional offer then the offer conditions have to be met before the end of August. Offer conditions are usually linked to qualification, so we may ask that you obtain specific grades in qualifications  such as A-Levels , BTEC qualification or the Baccalaureate. You can either accept or decline the ESO offer. UCAS will give you a date by which time you have to make your decision.

If you decline our offer you will not hear from us again. For further information please contact admissions@eso.ac.uk

If you accept our offer – Welcome to the ESO! You have made a great decision! Congratulations – you have just taken the first step towards your exciting career as an osteopath.

From around June of 2020 you will be given access to the ESO Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – the Learning Zone. From there you can access information about your start on the course (timetables, the Student Handbook etc) . You will also be able to view accommodation listings and contact other students who will also be joining you on the course. For further information please contact admissions@eso.ac.uk

For further enquiries email admissions@eso.ac.uk.