The LSO is known for its excellence in osteopathic education, attracting mature students from all over the UK and Europe. It has been offering vocational training since 1948, and degree programmes since 1993. The LSO programmes are staffed by highly qualified and committed individuals creating a dynamic, exciting, research-driven learning and teaching environment. Flexibility is key, with students able to transfer between the MOst and BOst, and between full-time and part-time education. The course is accredited by the General Osteopathic Council, and includes over 1200 hrs of clinical practice. The primary aim of the course is to provide structured learning opportunities to enable you to become a safe, capable, reflective osteopathic practitioner who is committed to ethical, evidence-based practice and lifelong learning. The LSO courses are well established and are constantly updated to reflect advances in the profession. They contain exactly what you need to become an independent practicing osteopath. Your journey will incorporate basic and applied sciences, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Your osteopathic learning starts from day one, and a wide range of theories, models and approaches are taught throughout the course. Clinical relevance is always paramount, and is enhanced by integration in the clinic from the first year. Research is an integral part of any degree, and is particularly relevant to an emerging health profession. You’re encouraged to select a topic of personal interest which you’ll develop into a dissertation in the final stages of the course. Underpinning the academic learning are personal and professional skills such as communication, problem solving, analysis, critical reflection, and self-awareness. Business skills are also a core part of the curriculum.