QAA carries out reviews of osteopathic courses and course providers under contract from the General Osteopathic Council.
Under the Osteopaths Act 1993, the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) is the statutory regulatory body for osteopaths and osteopathic education providers. The GOsC ensures that courses of osteopathic education meet its requirements for standards and quality, as well as governance and management of the course provider. Those that do are recognised and awarded Recognised Qualification (RQ) status. This allows graduates from those courses to register with the GOsC and practise osteopathy legally in the UK. The RQ is subject to approval from the Privy Council.
Decisions concerning the granting, maintenance and renewal of RQ status are made following reviews of osteopathic courses and course providers, conducted by QAA. The review method is known as GOsC Review.
Handbooks and ancillary information
These are supported by the following ancillary information:
The handbooks and supporting information were developed in consultation with course providers and other stakeholders. An analysis of the consultation and a description of the changes made in response is available:
Recognised Qualification Annual Report form
The consultation on GOsC Review included proposals to revise the Recognised Qualification Annual Report form. The new form is now available: