Pathway Information


SCCO post graduate courses are open to any osteopath. Individual course eligibility criteria may vary.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

The SCCO values all prior experiences of training, working with or teaching Osteopathy in the Cranial Field (OCF) and welcome you if you are considering studying with us. To help us direct you to the most appropriate course for you, we need to understand your previous experience and training and how this has influenced your osteopathic thinking. Please give us as much information as you can about your experience on the Accreditation of Prior Learning application form. There will be an administration fee for this accreditation process. 

Click here for accreditation of prior learning form: accreditation_of_prior_learning.doc


Module 2

Our Module 2 Course (Osteopathy in the Cranial Field) is mandatory for entry onto the SCCO Pathway. In exceptional circumstances, some may apply for an exemption. To be considered you must have completed at least one OCF course with the Sutherland Cranial College. The exemption process requires you to complete an application form and make a payment of £300. For more information and to be referred, please contact the office via email 

Module 3

If you have previously taken the old Module 3 (Osteopathy in the Cranial Field) then you are exempt from taking the new Module 3 (Osteopathic Medicine: Organs and Systems) as part of your pathway. Of course we highly recommend that you do take Osteopathic Medicine when it suits you to develop your clinical skills in this treating this rewarding area. 

Osteopathic Medicine - Organs and Systems

Module 10

The new one day course ‘Integrating Cranial into Practice’ is not compulsory for anyone who was registered on the old SCC Pathway before September 2013.

Integrating Cranial into Practice

Module 9

If you have completed the Osteopathic Centre for Children Diploma or MSc training, then you are exempt from Module 9 Introduction to Paediatrics. 

Online Learning

Pre-course resources and references: All our courses have an online precourse reading resource which is available in a hard copy by request. Further resources are being developed to help the students prepare and feel confident of the anatomy and principles taught on the course so they can focus on the tutorials and the practical aspects in a supportive environment.

Post course resources: We offer a case study assignment for modules 3-9 to help you integrate the learning from the course into your osteopathic thinking and clinical practice. Three case study assignments are required to complete the pathway. 


All of our courses have extensive handouts which have many references for further exploration and self directed learning. Post course reading or resources will be available in the future via our website.


In all our courses we endeavour to help students develop: 

  • Centring skills  which help with your osteopathic palpation, diagnosis and treatment. 
  • Communication skills – for learning for practicals and with patients.
  • Perception – to monitor a colleague safely, develop skills to describe what you experience and the motion present 
  • Knowledge – of anatomy , structure and function under your hands and how the theory relates to osteopathic principles.
  • Diagnosis  develops an understanding of patients who would benefit from the cranial approach to osteopathy and identify function and dysfunction from observation, active and passive motion and palpating the IVM of related areas.
  • Treatment  skills to engage the body’s innate self corrective ability to restore balance and health, that are directly applicable in practice
  • Reflection  self reflection and with fellow students and with tutor support, to reinforce learning before and after the course, considering the relevance to your own osteopathic practice and making appropriate action plans. 

All these aspects of learning will be assessed in the following ways:

  • You will be asked to do your own self-assessment.
  • Tutors will assess you and give you daily personal feedback either confidentially in private or in the tutorial group.
  • Three case study style assignments are required to complete the pathway
    All assessment is tailored to your personal needs as an individual and reflect the practical nature of osteopathic practice.

Case Study Assignments

Case studies offer an excellent way of reviewing course material, and integrating your learning from the course into your clinical practice, and will help you develop your osteopathic reasoning.

Writing a case study will immerse you in reviewing the relevant information and skills you have learned on courses, pursuing your own study of the relevant anatomy and physiology, and drawing on your clinical experience. You will then explore how osteopathic principles underpin the changes you see in your patient as they progress. This personal and practical way of developing your knowledge and ideas makes them familiar and gives you the opportunity to show your passion for osteopathy and the care you take with your patients.

Feedback from previous students shows that they reach a better understanding of the patient's potential for health and healing through writing the case study. It can feel challenging to write a case study, but help and support is available through your Assignment Tutor.

Assignment Submission

One of the tutors on your pathway course will be your Assignment Tutor. He or she will be available to mentor you through the development of your Case Study. Once you and your tutor are happy with the Case Study it will be submitted first to a marker and then to a moderator.  

The submission fee for case study assignments is £75

Three case study assignments are required to complete the SCCO pathway and become a Fellow of the College.

The SCCO magazine regularly publishes case studies for the interest and inspiration of other members, and as part of our commitment to promoting the scope of osteopathic practice to the general public as well as the osteopathic profession.

Learning between courses

There is a lot that you can do to maximise the learning from each course, and to continue your learning journey between courses. 

We recommend:

  • Keeping a learning journal
  • Exploring self directed study
  • Joining the student support scheme
  • Planning which of our courses meet you future learning needs best. 

Student support

Student support is available through our mentoring scheme in regional study groups and practice visits.

Student Support


Will this case study be assessed?

The case study assignment forms part of the assessment process in our modular pathway as many of our students want to work toward the Fellow status of membership to the SCCO to demonstrate their considerable experience, knowledge and passion for this work. Clear guidelines will be available and examples of previous case studies for you to help with your own case study.

Will my case study be used to show the scope of osteopathic practice?

With the permission of the patient and yourself we hope to keep a record of your case study. In the future we can help you if you wish to publish this in our newsletter or develop it further into a format suitable for journals. The more we, as osteopaths, publish what osteopathy can help with, the stronger our case as an effective profession. Your contributions will help osteopaths of the future and inform the general public about our work and how we can help them.

Does this case study count as CPD?

Hours spent researching and writing up the case study count towards your CPD