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

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

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

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


Click here to view and download the e-version of our useful ‘Guide to Joining’.

Frequently Asked Questions

I haven’t got sciences at a higher level. Is it worth applying?

YES! If you are keen to become an osteopath and think that you do not currently have the right qualification, you may be able to qualify for entry by attending the ESO Summer Science Course.

Do you accept qualifications from overseas?

The ESO has a very diverse student body. We have students from all over the word and we are used to assessing qualifications from both Europe and the rest of the world. However, in some cases we may ask that you have the equivalence of your qualifications established via NARIC.

What happens if I don’t meet my offer conditions?

We will not automatically reject applicants who do not meet their offer conditions . We always look at the application as a whole (taking into consideration the interview performance and the reference) and it is not just the academic ability of the individual that counts. For this reason, please contact the ESO Admissions Department if you have not got the results we asked for.

I live overseas. Will I have to come to the UK for my interview?

We can arrange Skype interviews for overseas applicants. However, we do recommend that you visit the ESO before accepting an offer.

For further enquiries email