The Institute’s Fundamentals Course is open to graduates who have completed both the Foundation Course and the Applied Foundation Course Module.

This course aims to build on and develop the student’s understanding of key classical osteopathic concepts.

The fundamental belief that the development of disease is due to any factor which lowers the functioning of the neurological, endocrine and immune systems is examined in detail, along with the overriding classical osteopathic principle of ADJUSTMENT i.e. the need to help a patient adapt to both their internal and external environment in a more health sustaining way.

The physiological basis of the osteopathic lesion is reviewed in the context of the relationship between the osteopathic centres and the development of disease. In addition, osteopathic mechanical principles and lesion patterns are explored in depth with respect to specific areas of the spine, thus allowing refinement of the ‘Body Adjustment Routine’ to achieve an integrated, stable and stress-resistant structure. Adjunct seated, side-lying, astride and two man treatment techniques are also taught. Appropriate treatment regimens for the acute, sub-acute or chronic phases of disease are considered with respect to the appropriate amount, duration and frequency of osteopathic treatment.

The fundamentals course consists of eight standalone weekend courses over two years, where you will be exposed to the knowledge skills, and understanding required to build on the foundation that has been established in your first year and later developed in the clinical environment on your clinical placement at the LCCO.  The weekends could be attended in any order as modules, however, the manageable schedule leads most student to start at the beginning of an academic year and complete four weekends in chronological order.

Successful graduates of this 8 weekend course will be awarded with a Diploma in Classical Osteopathy and are eligible for full membership of the Institute.

COURSE DATES 2016 / 2017 / 2018

Academic Year 2014-16
21 - 22 May 2016

Academic Year 2016-18
24 - 25 September 2016
19 - 20 November 2016
18 -19 February 2017
27 28 May 2017
23 - 24 September 2017
25 - 26 November 2017
24 - 25 February 2018
26 - 27 May 2018


This course reinforces previous learning of

Application of the classical osteopathic principles of Adjustment 

Physiology of the osteopathic lesion through the acute and chronic stages

Role of arch mechanics and polygons of forces in treatment


CPD HOURS                112 hrs

COST                             £1600   
Option to pay in installments

The prospectus can be viewed and download as a PDF

An application form for 2015/2016 can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF


Sue Cook
The Fundamentals course has really helped me to develop further towards by goal of being a truly holistic osteopath.  I now understand what Littlejohn actually meant by the term ‘Adjustment’ and the relationship between classical osteopathic mechanical principles, osteopathic centres and the development of disease.  My patients are already benefitting and I now feel able to address underlying health issues such as asthma, cardiovascular disease etc.  Thank you!