National Careers Week - 2-7 March 2020

Osteopathy is a regulated allied health profession that offers a rewarding career for those with a keen interest in human physiology and health and a genuine desire to help people.

The European School of Osteopathy is recognised globally as a leading osteopathic institution. Based in Maidstone (Kent) for over 40 years, the School has an academic site set in the beautiful surroundings of Boxley House and a dedicated teaching clinic located closer to the town itself. Together they offer the full facilities required by students for an exciting and fulfilling osteopathic education.

Agathe tells us why it was important for her to study osteopathy in the UK and what she thinks of ESO student life

Quentin was drawn to osteopathy’s holistic approach to healthcare – he shares his experience of studying at the ESO

Robert Thomas is an Osteopath and ESO Clinic Tutor – he explains why osteopathy was the right choice for him

Osteopath Helena Bridge explains what drew her to osteopathy and why she has never looked back

The M.Ost is a 4-year, full-time undergraduate degree programme, which is accredited by the General Osteopath Council; students who successfully complete the M.Ost are able to apply for registration with the GOsC and start their own osteopathic practice.

The academic year is 36 weeks in duration, extending to 38 weeks in Year 2, 43 weeks in Year 3 and 38 weeks in Year 4 to incorporate essential clinical experience. The practical element of our osteopathy degree programme results in a relatively high number of contact hours, with students spending up to 4 days per week in lectures or clinical training.

Students gain hands on experience in our established teaching clinic, treating patients of all ages.

Students spend over 1000 hours in clinic during their osteopathic training, experiencing around fifty new patient interactions; around 20,000 consultations are provided by ESO students each year, under the supervision of experienced, practising osteopaths. Students initially observe in clinic in Year 1, progress to more ‘hands-on’ experience in Year 2 before advancing to managing their own patient list in Years 3 and 4. In the third and fourth year students are allocated to a tutor for a set period, usually six weeks at a time; this rotation gives students the opportunity to work with a range of osteopathic practitioners, enabling them to draw on the breadth of experience on offer; the Clinic maintains a low tutor student ratio of around 1:6/7.  The ESO Clinic also runs an MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound Clinic, which students are able to refer patients to.

Year 4 students enhance their clinic time by not only attending general practice sessions but also spending time in the School’s specialist Maternity and Children’s clinics on a regular basis, Under the Bucks programme Students undertake two complementary electives, which may include:

  • Infants and the young
  • Headache management
  • Women’s health and maternity
  • Sports osteopathy
  • Geriatric care for the older population
  • Research assistant
  • Allied health placements
  • Chronic pain management
  • Adjuvant modalities
  • A broad curriculum
    • Offering one of the broadest programmes of osteopathic education in the UK
  • Academic quality
    • Over 95% of our faculty are practising osteopaths
  • An established teaching clinic
    • Completing over 1,200 hours of clinical training within hands-on experience in an established teaching clinic
  • Preparation for their future career
    • ESO graduates are in demand across Europe and beyond
  • A cosmopolitan learning environment
    • We have a wide range of nationalities and age groups represented at the School, creating a truly cosmopolitan environment
  • A superb environment in which to study
    • Boxley House is based in an idyllic location, set in 17 acres of parkland in the heart of the Kent countryside yet convenient for London and mainland Europe

Applicants will need a keen interest in Health Sciences. UK school leavers should typically have (or be working towards):-

  • A-levels: 3 good passes (typically BBC), to include at least 2 sciences (we accept Biology, Chemistry, Physics, PE, Sports Science, Psychology and Mathematics – excludes General Studies)
  • BTECs: We accept Health, Science and Sports related qualifications. Typical offer DDM. We also consider combinations of A-level and BTEC qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: Ideally with sciences at Higher level. Typical offer 30 points

Our next Open Days are as follows:

Wednesday 11th March
Wednesday 25th March

Open Days includes a tour of our premises at Boxley House and a visit to the teaching clinic in Maidstone. Visitors have a chance to chat to some of our Student Ambassadors to get their views on student life at the ESO. Throughout the day questions are encouraged – we are also happy to speak on an individual basis.

The Open Day starts at 9.30 and finishes at around 13.00 after which visitors are welcome to join us for a complimentary lunch and prospective applicants have the opportunity to observe lectures.

Open Days are very popular and places are limited.  Advance booking is, therefore, essential.  To book, please visit our website or contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0)1622 671558 / email  Individual visits can also be arranged – again, our Admissions Team will be happy to discuss a suitable time for this.

If you’re a careers teacher and you think osteopathy would be an interesting career option for your students please do get in touch.  We are happy to provide information for careers libraries and have a team of ambassadors on hand to ‘man a stand’ at school careers events.  We can also arrange a talk from an Osteopath – a great opportunity to meet a qualified healthcare provider and a way to inspire career aspirations. To find out more please call our Admissions Team on 01622 671558 or email

We are in the process of arranging a careers event at our Boxley campus, which will include a practical osteopathic demonstration and anatomy themed workshops. If you’d like to know more please contact our Admissions Team who will contact you with more information 

Our Admissions team is happy to provide informal advice for those considering osteopathy as a career option. Please email or call 01622 671 558. For more general information, including directions and social medial channels please visit our Contact Us page.