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Course overview

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. This course will develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours which will enable you to deliver high levels of patient care and safety and to register with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).

Please note: this course is due to start from September 2020, subject to final GCC approval which is due to take place in mid-January 2020.

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Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Clinical Anatomy for Chiropractic Practice

Clinical Imaging in Chiropractic Practice

Clinical Neuroanatomy for Chiropractic Practice

Clinical Physiology for Chiropractic Practice

Foundations Skills for Chiropractic Practice 1

Foundations Skills for Chiropractic Practice 2


Year 2 core modules

Chiropractic Management of the Lower Quadrant across the Lifespan

Chiropractic Management of the Upper Quadrant across the Lifespan

Clinical Neurology for Chiropractic Practice

Evidence-based Concepts for Contemporary Chiropractic Practice

Health Wellbeing and Lifestyle Issues in Chiropractic Practice

Pathology for Chiropractic Practice


Year 3 core modules

Chiropractic Case Management in Special Populations

Complex Case Management in Chiropractic Practice

Current Approaches to Pain Management

Designing Research Projects in Chiropractic Practice

Functional Movement and Exercise in Chiropractic Practice

Leading and Managing in Chiropractic Practice


Final-year core modules

Final Project for Chiropractic Studies

Leading and Managing in Chiropractic Practice

Professional Chiropractic Practice


Modules offered may vary.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You are expected to have:
• recent Level 3 academic study within the last three years.
• a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language, maths and science. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of English and maths GCSE. Please note these are not required if you are doing an Access course – however, you must have English and maths as listed below.*

Plus any of the following qualifications:

GCE and VCE Advanced Level
128 points from three A levels including 40 points from a science or social science subject, excluding general studies or critical thinking. If you are studying an Advanced Double Award (ADA) you need 88 points from a combination of ADA and one additional A level (40 points must be from a science or social science subject) excluding general studies or critical thinking.

AS Level
These are only acceptable when combined with other qualifications but must be at least a grade B (16 points) and must be studied concurrently with other qualifications.

Access course
A pass in a QAA-recognised Access course in a science or health subject including 27 Level 3 credits at distinction and the remainder at merit with a minimum of 125 points.
*We can accept Level 2 Access units in communication and maths in place of English and maths GCSEs.

BTEC QCF Extended Diploma
144 points (DDD) in a science or health-related subject. Sport (performance and excellence), sport and exercise science, sport coaching and fitness, and sport subjects are acceptable.

CACHE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care
144 points (A) in health and social care.

Irish Leaving Certificate
128 points from five Highers/Honours subjects including 24 points from a science or social science subject.

Not acceptable.

Open University
Level 2 modules in biology, science, social science or health are acceptable as evidence of recent study if all other academic requirements have been met.

Scottish Highers
128 points from five Highers including 27 points in a science or social science subject.

Advanced Scottish Highers
128 points from three Advanced Highers including 48 points in a science or social science subject.

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You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Work placement

Across the four years, placement hours are built into specific modules. In Year 1 you will be offered observational placement in a chiropractic setting and in a range of non-chiropractic settings, where you will work alongside chiropractors and other health care professionals. During this placement you will focus on the development of your professional skills, demonstrating the importance of confidentiality, consent, record keeping and other ethical practice. You will develop your communication skills through your interaction with health professionals and patients. In Year 2 you will work with a chiropractor across the year and will develop your objective and assessment skills. In practice you will observe initially but then will be expected to undertake a patient assessment.

In Year 3 you will be exposed to more practice hours and will continue to demonstrate your professional and assessment skills but will also be expected to offer a differential diagnosis and plan care for patients. At the end of Semester 1, you will have completed an assessment and will be signed off as safe to begin to commence treatments under the supervision of a chiropractor whilst working in the onsite chiropractic clinic in Semester 2. Across Year 1 to 3, you will work in more than one chiropractic practice under the supervision of a registered chiropractor. This will ensure that you gain exposure to chiropractors who may have differing philosophies and/or approaches. For the second and third semester you will undertake all clinical work in the onsite chiropractic clinic.

In Year 4, you will be expected to work two days a week in the onsite chiropractic clinic. Under the supervision of a clinical tutor, you will manage a patient caseload and undertake the first visit assessment, provide a differential diagnosis, implement a plan of care and evaluate the patient’s progression and discharge. Over the last semester of Year 3 and during Year 4, you will see 40 new patient cases.

Practice placements across years 1 to 3 will take place across the North East of England. You will be expected to travel independently to these placement sites and you cover your own cost of travel. You will be provided with a uniform.


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Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£9,250 a year

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£13,000 a year

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